March 11, 2016
Buzz: Hey Marnie, what does "fair trade" mean on a wine label? I've seen it on coffee and thought on wine it meant the wines were made for fairs and conventions. Marnie: No, Buzz, it's a social-justice movement that promotes sustainability and equality for the communities that produce the goods we buy, especially in the developing world. Buzz: Wow, that sounds like something started by the hippies. Marnie: Not really, Buzz. A number of organizations provide certification on ethical standards and grant the right to apply a "fair trade" seal on packaging to inform consumers.
January 24, 2014 |
Whenever I get the chance to travel to Northern California, there is always great wine. But San Francisco and the nearby wine country, of course, also serve up some of America's best dining - typically the kind setting trends that Philadelphians might see in a year (or two). That gap may be closing, though, based on some of the highlights from my brief eating stops in San Francisco on the way to Sonoma. The fermentation craze (kimchi-pickled everything), local ingredients, craft cocktails, artisanal coffee, and small plates we have.
January 7, 2014 |
At Invisible Sentinel, a biotech company in West Philadelphia where scientists each day conduct the serious business of trying to ensure a safer food supply, this is a day for raising a celebratory glass. Wine would be the appropriate libation. The seven-year-old start-up in University City Science Center is announcing Monday a partnership that will broaden its focus beyond food - to protecting wine from what some consider a taste-spoiler. The 17-employee company is pairing with Jackson Family Wines in Sonoma County, Calif., to develop a rapid diagnostic to detect brettanomyces, a nemesis to some vintners.
July 20, 2013 |
If you're looking for something to do on a summer weekend, a road trip through South Jersey's expanding wine country can lead to a surprisingly enlightening adventure. There is an increasingly broad and occasionally quite impressive selection of wines in South Jersey, from the well-known fruit wines (after all, Jersey is known for its blueberries!) to dry whites and reds that have garnered serious attention in the national press. More than a dozen of these wine growers have opened inviting tasting rooms as a way to encourage visitors to socialize and sample their products, before deciding what to buy. Three such wineries are Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill, Sharrott Winery in Winslow Township, and Valenzano Winery in Shamong.
October 28, 2012
When it comes to white wines, New York - especially the Finger Lakes - makes some of the best in America. But Long Island's North Fork is coming on strong, too, as evidenced by this pinot blanc from Lieb Family Cellars, the 20-year-old pioneer founded by Mark and Kathy Lieb, who decided California's wine country wasn't for them after experiencing an earthquake. It turns out that some of their 62 vineyard acres on the North Fork are ideal for producing a crisp rendition of this Alsatian grape.
August 30, 2012
BUZZ: HEY, Marnie, I had guests over and they gave me a bottle of wine. After they left, I saw it was from the Columbia district in Washington. Should I dump it? How good can it be from that swamp in D.C.? Marnie: Drink it, Buzz, don't waste it. It's from Washington state's Columbia Valley, a region that makes some of the best wines in the country, not the capital's District of Columbia. Buzz: I thought the only good American wines were from California. Marnie: Well, it's true that over 90 percent of premium U.S. wines are made there, but Washington and Oregon make world-class wines too. I love recommending Washington wines in particular due to their fair prices.
August 24, 2012 |
HERMANN, Mo. - Most of the grapes in Glenn Warnebold's vineyard in Missouri's picturesque wine country are about two-thirds their usual size. Others have been reduced to raisins by the drought that burned many crops across the Midwest this summer. Yet Warnebold figures it could be a good year with the drought concentrating the fruit's flavors and sugar, which turn to alcohol during fermentation. His red Norton and white Chardonel grapes, while small, hold the promise of standout wine from a region better known for corn and soybeans.
June 24, 2012 |
My wife, Sally, and I had taken many volunteer adventure trips since our retirement in 2004, but we knew that 12 weeks in South Africa was going to be special, working with disadvantaged kids; touring an exotic country; and taking a real safari. We braced ourselves for the long trip, and we were weary but happy to finally arrive by overnight train in Port Elizabeth, our home for the next month. We soon met Mama Gladys, inspiration, founder, and mother to 30-plus kids at the Door of Hope Orphanage.
January 22, 2012 |
Make 2012 your year to visit an eco-friendly destination with your family. Here are five places where green is good: 1. Oregon. This northwestern haven for all things green is possibly the most eco-conscious state in the nation. With more than 300 miles of stunning coastline preserved as public land, families can visit pristine beaches, bike in two-wheel-friendly cities including Portland and Eugene, and raft on wild and scenic rivers. You can also explore high deserts, farm and wine country, and the Columbia River Gorge, all on one grand holiday.
September 22, 2010 |
GEYSERVILLE, Calif. - Think a winery visit means bellying up to a bar with a couple of glasses and a spit bucket? You haven't been to wine country lately. These days you're likely to find all kinds of added attractions, from restaurants to farmers' markets to cocktail bars. And then there's Francis Ford Coppola's latest venture which, once construction is complete, will include a swimming pool. The idea is to create something more than just another stop on the wine trail at a time when competition for shrinking tourist dollars is fierce.