Tips on Serving Champagne


Wine expert Emilie Perrier discusses how to serve Champagne to maximize your enjoyment of this wonderful wine. Wine Expert Emilie Perrier on Champagne

Pairing Wine with Take-out Part 1: Indian, Chinese and Thai Food


Wine does not have to be reserved for special occasions – or even for a home-cooked meal! It can be enjoyed with any type of food, any day. As always, the number one rule of wine pairing is to make sure you like what you’re drinking. (A famous New York City chef only drinks red…

Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc


When considering Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé, it can be hard to find comparisons because these wines stand out relative to Sauvignon Blancs produced in other parts of the world. Many in the wine world consider these wines to be the absolute best expression of the grape because they manage to showcase all…

Working with Your Sommelier


A lot of people say they are intimidated by sommeliers – don’t be – they’re there to help you! It is their job to help you find a wine you’ll enjoy, and with your help they can do just that. Often times the sommelier will start by asking you what kind of wine you like….

Red Zinfandel, White Zinfandel

White Zinfandel is one of California’s all-time most-successful accidents. Zinfandel, the grape from which both red and white wine is made, is almost black in color. Although the vine is infamous for its unevenly-ripening berries (often, ripe black berries will hang next to a tart, green, small berry on the same bunch), White and Red…

High Altitude Vineyards


Few factors affect the taste and quality of a wine more than climate. This broader term encompasses everything from altitude to weather. Given this season one of our episodes focuses on Malbecs from Mendoza, Argentina, we thought looking at how altitude affects wine was worthy of further examination. Malbecs grown in Mendoza, Argentina’s largest wine…

Red with meat? White with fish?

Both our VINE TALK wine experts and celebrity chefs who have appeared on our show agree that despite the traditional guideline to pair red wines with red meat and white wines with seafood, it is fine to mix it up. So where did this guideline come from in the first place? Big, bold and tannic…

Paso Robles Zinfandel


Zinfandel has a colorful past. Even though it was long thought to be an indigenous American grape, sometimes dubbed “California’s own,” its origins are Croatian. Zinfandel’s origins were not known for certain until as late as the 1990s, when researchers at UC Davis and in Croatia worked closely to determine that Zinfandel is the same…

Vintage: Is it Important?

Wine expert Stephanie Caraway explains vintage and whether it is important to consider when selecting a wine.

The South American Wine Industry

According to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson’s seminal World Atlas of Wine, South America is, after Europe, “the world’s most important wine producing continent.” European vines were cultivated in Peru as early as 1531 – long before those vines reached any part of the New World except Mexico. South America’s viticultural landscape has been influenced…