Exploring the History of Sherry: A Highlight of International Sherry Week

Exploring the History of Sherry: A Highlight of International Sherry Week

Happy International Sherry Week! This week is the tenth celebration and you can find events near you by checking out the website.  As with many of the wine regions in Spain, winemaking dates back to the Phoenicians in 1100 BC. Initially settling in the city of Gadir, now known as Cádiz and migrating inland to…

Is Alcohol Consumption Really Equivalent to Smoking Tobacco?

Is Alcohol Consumption Really Equivalent to Smoking Tobacco?

In an article recently published in Meininger’s International titled WHO Shifts Its Alcohol Narratives and the Wine Industry Faces New Challenges it is discussed how the World Health Organization is now on a mission to attack the wine world similarly to how it assaulted the tobacco industry.  It seems that their newest goal is to make…

Wine or Whine? Here Comes a Rant!

Wine or Whine? Here Comes a Rant!

An article recently found its way to my inbox from Vanguard Magazine.  It was titled Women who believe white wine makes them do crazy things! The heading was perfect clickbait, as it immediately raised my blood pressure and I found myself clicking the link to read more.  The article begins with “After guzzling a few…

Wine Terms Used Improperly That Make My Palate Cringe

Wine Terms Used Improperly That Make My Palate Cringe

One of my favorite movies is Nightmare on Elm Street. I drove my college roommate crazy with all my Freddy Krueger paraphernalia.(especially the 3-D Freddy – sorry Jamie!) One of the most bone chilling scenes in the movie was when Freddy was in the boiler room with Nancy and he ran his finger knives along…

Is Buying Wine Futures a Sound Investment Strategy?

Is Buying Wine Futures a Sound Investment Strategy?

Last week, I read an article in Fortune Magazine about the Federal Bureau of Investigation pursuing charges against Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits in New York. The FBI issued a search warrant after an article in the New York Times reported “customers and former employees have complained about missing wine.” The Federal Bureau of Investigation searched…

Truth or Marketing? Which Should We Believe? How Should We Learn?

Truth or Marketing? Which Should We Believe? How Should We Learn?

I read an article in late April in Wine Enthusiast titled Stop Calling Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan, ‘Rhône Varieties’ and it struck a chord in me. As a Spanish Wine Scholar, it truly made me think. I have had the pleasure of visiting Jumilla and enjoyed sipping some incredible Monastrell. In Navarra I was delighted by…

Five Romantic Books with Vineyards For Valentine’s Day

Five Romantic Books with Vineyards For Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day in our grasp, I thought it would be interesting to do a little research about some books that include vineyards, wineries, and wine. How many have you read? These are books that are highly rated on Goodreads.  The Villa Nora Roberts 4.00 stars – 28,647 ratings – 936 reviews Sophia is the…

The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is to Include Wine

The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is to Include Wine

Happy Holidays! So, I know, that’s not the actual quote. But I didn’t want you to have to “travel through seven levels of the candy cane forest, past the sea of twirly-swirly gumdrops, and then walk through the Lincoln Tunnel” as Buddy the Elf did in order to spread Christmas cheer. Enjoy these fun wine…