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Did you know the people of Portugal eat more seafood per capita than any other European, barring the Icelanders? So it's only natural that the Portuguese know the best wines to drink with their spicy shrimp tapas and bacalhau (salted cod) dishes.   Read More >>
 
Every once in a while, I feel the urge for a lip-smacking, grapefruit-driven, crisp Sauvignon Blanc. It started several years ago when the Wine Goddess -- my wife, Mary Lee -- and I took a spectacular fall trip to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.   Read More >>
 
Just the name -- Terra Mia's Lacryma Christi di Vesuvio Bianco -- is enough to intrigue a curious wine drinker enough to investigate what's in the bottle. So begins today's journey into a truly unique white wine from the Italian province of Campania.   Read More >>
 
I went on a shopping trip last weekend to New Hampshire with the Wine Butler -- my good friend and former Sun photographer Mike Pigeon -- to see if we could cash in on a $25 discount coupon published in this newspaper and a 15 percent sale on Italian wines.   Read More >>
 
It's not true that all California Chardonnay tastes the same. In fact, I'm going to suggest several white wines from different appellations to prove that vineyard locations do matter.   Read More >>
 
Chianti Classico 101. That's this week's lesson. Lesson? Well, I received notification from the Wine Scholar Guild in Washington, D.C., that I passed my final exam, taken March 31, and I am now a certified Italian Wine Scholar.   Read More >>
 
Some of the most impressive and wallet-friendly wines arriving in America these days are coming from vineyards in southern France's Rhone Valley. There's a reason: The location and conditions are exceptional for growing Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre -- the backbone varieties of the famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape red blend that is lusciously captivating.   Read More >>
 
If you're looking for a dry and delicious rosé to get your summer sipping season started, try Chateaux Miraval Cotes de Provence Rosé. It's one of my favorites for relaxing on the deck, reading a book in the pergola, or for welcoming guests before dinner.   Read More >>
 
World-renowned winemaker Nick Goldschmidt will be showing some of his signature Napa Valley wines Saturday at the Wine ConneXtion in North Andover, from 1-5 p.m. The public is invited to attend the complimentary tasting, which offers wine enthusiasts a chance to hear this extraordinary talent speak about his passion for single-vineyard Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.   Read More >>
 
The best deal of the week? Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico Riserva 2014, which is now on sale for $8.47 at Costco in Nashua. This is a steal, and I thank the Wine Goddess, my wife Mary Lee, for her sharp-eyed shopping on a recent trip across the border.   Read More >>
 
 

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