February 28, 2014
"I CAN'T remember the exact name. Mart something. It's a red wine . . . " "What part of the world is it from?" "I think it's from us?" That's all the info Rob Peters needs. After a lickety-split visual scan and a series of quick steps through the Ardmore Plaza Wine & Spirits store, he's got his hands on the exact bottle - a Cabernet Sauvignon from Louis M. Martini out of Sonoma County, Calif. - that his customer is seeking. Peters has been presented with such cryptic oenophilic conundrums for 20 years, and it's his job to field them.
May 24, 2013
BUZZ: Hey, Marnie, my brother says I mispronounce mer lot . He says it's mer low . Who cares - it's supposed to be swill either way, right? Marnie: Yes and no, Buzz. It's a French grape, so it's pronounced mer low , like Tarot cards, not mer lot as in mascot. It happens to be one of the world's finest wine grapes, though. It's a shame that people think there's something wrong with it. Buzz: Really? I haven't had a drop since I saw that movie. You know, the wine one. Marnie: (Sigh.)
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.
January 12, 2013 |
The Wissahickon Valley spreads out like a rumpled quilt beneath the feet of Nicholas and Athena Karabots at their Karamoor Farm in Whitemarsh Township. Nick Karabots made his considerable fortune in a variety of printing, media, and real estate businesses, and the couple are noted philanthropists, giving millions mainly to help inner-city children. But Karamoor Farm, on about 240 acres bordering Skippack Pike, has never been about producing cash crops. "I like beautiful landscapes," he said simply last week, as the sun set behind a thick stand of trees at the edge of a field that has been farmed at least since the 18th century.
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.
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.
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.
December 22, 2011
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: Hey, Marnie, my brother-in-law invited me to his house for Christmas. MARNIE: Will you help him trim the tree? BUZZ: Naw, he just decorates his pool table. We hang those silvery icicles from the pockets. MARNIE: Sounds festive.
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.
October 9, 2008 |
That glistening pinot grigio you enjoyed at last summer's beach parties may, come Halloween, taste thin and inconsequential, particularly with cool-weather meals. Similarly, light and fruity reds and ros?s can wilt like sunflowers, yielding to sturdier cousins like cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, nebbiolo and shiraz. Food and wine pairings in autumn are challenging because the possibilities are endless, above all with reds. There are two paths you can take: by country, or by grape varieties.