I love wandering around wine stores; you never know what brilliant liquid treasures you might find lying around. Once while wandering around a wine store in Madrid, I came across a bottle of Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay on sale for 17 euros. I think that’s cheaper than what it sells for in Australia…. This … More One wine to buy this week
When one thinks of Los Angeles, one immediately thinks of entertainment, the film industry, or the beaches, but rarely wine. Everyone knows that California wine country is located further north. However, few people know that in the early 20th century, before Prohibition, tons of wineries existed further south, centered in LA. Now, the San Antonio … More A visit to the oldest operating winery in the US
Our last day and a half in Rioja was almost as packed as our first. We began with another winery visit, this time to La Rioja Alta. I had some experience with their wines in the United States. My reward to myself for finishing my senior thesis was a delicious bottle of their 2005 Vina … More Wine Travel on a Budget: La Rioja (Part 2)
Anyone who enjoys wine has at one time or another imagined visiting these regions in person. Where better to enjoy that Chianti Classico than a Tuscan Villa, or that Premier Cru Burgundy than a small village in the Cote d’Or? However, wine regions are not the most affordable places to visit and some are near … More Wine Travel on a Budget: La Rioja (Part 1)
One of the most common pieces of advice for new wine drinkers is to make friends with a good local wine store. They can help you identify your preferences, introduce you to delicious wines you’ve never heard of, and help you get a bargain on that rare bottle. But how do you find a good … More What makes a good wine store?