Purple Wednesday: Give wine

December 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

A dangerous mix of widespread digital downloads, the ubiquity of gift cards and the debased triumph of the individual has brought us to a point where finding an actual gift for an actual person who will actually like it has gotten a lot harder. As always, there’s always wine. Who wouldn’t want a bottle? Trick is, it needs to be good. Not SuperGreat/SuperExpensive/SuperRare/SuperPricey. My latest column is a helpful guide. Happy Hanukkah!

Malbec dead, long live Malbec. A brief guide to great Argentine wine

October 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Argentine wine ain’t just about Malbec. Especially not the Malbec that has flooded the U.S. market. There’s terroir up on those Mendoza plateaus, and it often expresses most thrillingly when the Malbec is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Bonarda. My column in the Portland Press Herald this week shines a light on ┬áCatena’s Alma Negra and Weinert, a couple of producers whose profound Bordeaux-influenced blends enlarge and deepen the spectrum for appreciating wine from this vast region.

Wine from on high: Mendoza Malbecs

January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Second part of a two-parter on Malbec, of all things. I keep finding fascinating wines from Argentina, and in so many different sorts of expression. Just goes to show, preconceptions are made to be exploded.

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