August 30, 2012 |
State Store Pick of the Week Château Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley, Wash. $16.99 PLCB Item No. 8408 The huge Columbia Valley occupies south-central Washington, fitting snugly in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains. Sun-drenched and sheltered, the region is ideal for wine-growing. The conditions work well for many grapes, but Cabernet Sauvignon benefits more than most. High elevation means cool nights and a long growing season. This gives thick-skinned Cabernet grapes a chance to ripen fully and evenly, yielding a soft mouthfeel and juicy blackberry flavors.
January 15, 2016
Buzz: Hey, Marnie, my brother just got back from a trip to Napa Valley. He said some wineries put other grapes in their cabernet sauvignon. Isn't that illegal? Marnie: No, Buzz, it's legal in most wine regions, as long as it's a small percentage, though in some European regions, the named grape on the bottle must be in the wine 100 percent. Buzz: Do other places require every grape to be named? Marnie: Yes. Australia requires all grapes in a wine to be named on the label, in order of volume.
May 13, 2016
BUZZ: Hey Marnie, why do they bother making white wine out of cabernet sauvignon if it's a red grape? Marnie: That's not really a thing, Buzz. I've never even seen a white cabernet. Buzz: Really? There are tons of them at the State Store. They call it sauvignon blanc. Not quite as dry as the red. How do they do that? Marnie: Easily, Buzz. Sauvignon blanc is not a white wine made from red cabernet sauvignon grapes. It's a separate grape variety. Unlike cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc is green-skinned, so used for making white wines only.
March 22, 2000 |
Afew years ago, the news came out that red wine was good for your health. As more evidence accumulated, more white wine drinkers tried to make the switch, but many of them found it hard. Red wines have lots of flavors and aromas and things that go boomp in your mouth. Even a mediocre red wine has more stuff going on than American white wine drinkers are used to. Which is why newcomers to red tend to favor the softer, smoother and less ambitious wines than the big reds like cabernet sauvignon that old-time fans have long admired.
April 28, 1999 |
Wok & Walking Tour Chef Joseph Poon wants to take you on a tour of Chinatown, its shops and restaurants, including a handmade noodle shop, wonton factory and Chinese bakery. Oh yeah, he'll wax eloquent about the area's history, culture and food, too. Call 215-928-9333 for more info. Newest from Coke Citra, the newest thirst-quencher from Coca-Cola, has hit the Philadelphia market. Positioned to appeal to the "outgoing and physically active who enjoy the social camaraderie of friends and look to have free-spirited good times and spontaneous experiences," it tastes kinda like Mountain Dew without the strangeness, or Fresca with less sugar.
January 5, 2012
WELCOME TO Cheap Buzz, where we eavesdrop as sommelier Marnie Old attempts to teach the joys of wine and fine spirits to Buzz, a guy with no sophistication and not much money. Here's their latest conversation: BUZZ: I took your advice and bought my brother an expensive bottle of wine for Christmas. MARNIE: Did he enjoy it? BUZZ: Yes, but I'm angry about the cheap wine he gave me. MARNIE: What made you think it was cheap? BUZZ: He said it was an expensive cabernet sauvignon, but the label said only Napa Valley.
July 19, 2012 |
Espirito Lagoalva 2011 Tejo, Portugal $7.99 Easy drinking, fruity and aromatic; dark magenta in color. Blend of Syrah and Touriga Nacional from a small region near Lisbon. O ne of the most surprising values in any category I've found this summer. Les Ligeriens Rosé d'Anjou 2011 Loire Valley, France $8.99 Another tremendous value from a classic rosé region. Pale, with a nose of berries and herbs, and a pleasant balance of acidity and just a kiss of sweet.
December 19, 2009 |
Finally, Jon & Kate, unhitched As a big early Christmas present to us all, Kate and Jon Gosselin, once the stars of Jon & Kate Plus 8, a reality show based on their surreal lives, finalized their divorce yesterday in Norristown. The Hon. Arthur R. Tilson of Montgomery County Court handed down the mutually agreed no-faulter, based on "irretrievable breakdown. " Y'think? After 10 years of marital whatever, they blew up over the summer, and bam!, done. We couldn't agree more with Kate's sentiments: "I am very relieved that our divorce has been finalized.
November 29, 1987 |
There were no crowds fighting to get in the door at 1520 Locust St., no weeping customers and no clumps of nostalgic waiters locking arms and bursting into "Auld Lang Syne. " The Frog was never that kind of place to begin with. And when it closed for good last night, the Center City restaurant that many people credit with launching a culinary renaissance in Philadelphia went quietly. "We were delighted that everything on the menu was the same, and there was no sense of last-minute closing frenzy," said Frederick Kent, who heads the music department at the Free Library.
April 12, 2013
BUZZ: Hey Marnie, I keep hearing about superwines from Italy. Do they have superpowers? Marnie: No, they don't. Those are likely "Supertuscans. " The term is informal, so it won't appear on labels, but it usually refers to nontraditional blended reds from Tuscany. Buzz: Blending makes wine super? Marnie: Not really. In theory, quality is what makes Supertuscans super. It helps to know the backstory, Buzz. Buzz: Does it have mystery and intrigue? Marnie: Actually, it does.