The Art of Wine

The H.O.W. Behind Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Every family has their own traditions, whether it is pretending to enjoy grandma’s green jell-o or making sure the stuffing is made just right. One of our favorite parts of Thanksgiving is getting to share those family traditions with other people. This year we want to share with you our favorite Thanksgiving recipes and the… Read more »

Vintage 2013…. A Harvest to Enjoy

Every year winemakers across the world predict, plan and of course, pray for a great vintage.  We know it never turns out the same but we draw upon our knowledge, technical tools and of course, perspective from colleagues, to prepare for the onslaught of fruit.  While we’re still wrapping up the 2013 vintage in Idaho… Read more »

How to Create the Perfect Cheese & Wine Pairing

There is something unique about enjoying perfectly paired cheeses and wine. If you are like me, then an ordinary cubed cheese plate won’t suffice as you want to awe your guest with perfect pairings. Cheeses, just like wine, develop their unique flavors through different fermentation, ripening and aging processes. When it comes to cheese and… Read more »

“Crush” Class: Behind the Scenes

The process of turning grapes into wine is one that has been occurring for thousands of years.  As a winemaker and instructor, I tend to take the whole process for granted and forget what an exciting endeavor fermentation can be.  That is until I have a group of enthusiastic and engaged students remind me, as… Read more »

Falling Back in Love with Red Wine

While many of us look to the changing leaves for the approach of Fall, I look to the change in wine menus. With the falling leaves comes the reduction of refreshing white wines and the appearance of bold, warming red wines. Each harvest I find myself falling back in love with my favorite classic red… Read more »

Forget the Numbers, Remember the Art

When discussing with friends and colleagues the merits of wine judging, the responses I receive vary from envy to hatred.  Friends perceive this as a magical position wherein I drink copious amounts of wine while marking scores with a bright red pen in a fashion reminiscent of the teacher in, “The Christmas Story”.    Others, including… Read more »

Can Moscato Challenge Chardonnay?

Can Moscato challenge Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for dominance on the world stage? “Classic” grape varieties such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are much like the “classic” wine regions from which they reign: well-known, top-selling varietals that hold permanence in the marketplace.  However, just as with wine regions across the world, market dominance is a… Read more »

New to Wine: You’re not Alone!

Critics, educated oenophiles, and wine trades people have begrudged the de-sophistication of wine consumption.  Historically accepted as a drink for the elite across the world, the acceptance of wine by peoples of varied classes and cultures is growing.  Increased availability and production across the globe have allowed wine to penetrate formerly uninterested markets wherein wine… Read more »