What is Sustainability in Wine? A Conversation with Michele Manelli of Cantina Salcheto

Last September, I was invited to visit Cantina Salcheto in the village of Montepulciano in Tuscany. I knew that Cantina Salcheto was a leader in sustainability in the wine business within Italy, but there is so much more to their story. I had the opportunity to interview Michele Manelli, partner and winemaker at Salcheto. Disclosure: … Continue reading

Caves Jean Bourdy and Comté Cheese: Jura Classics #Winophiles

February Takes the Winophiles to the JuraIn February, our Winophiles are virtually visiting the Jura region, located east of Bourgogne in the foothills of the Jura mountains. Take a look further down in this post for a list of links to fellow Winophiles’ discoveries. Unique Wines of the JuraNearly half of the vignerons in the … Continue reading

Preview to French Winophiles Focus on the Jura #Winophiles

French Winophiles Explore Jura Wines and FoodIn our February meet-up, our French Winophiles will share our love for the Jura through its wine and food. If you have a blog or other social media channel and you’d like to join us, read further below. A few days before our meeting on 18 February, we’ll add … Continue reading

For Rhone Wine Diversity Look Across the Street #Winophiles

January 2023 Searching for Diversity in the Rhone ValleyThis month our Winophiles writers are highlighting some Rhone wines which are a bit different from the usual suspects: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône, Hermitage. Percentages vary, but one recent accounting of Rhone valley wines highlighted 80% red, 15% rosé and less than 6% white. So for diversity, … Continue reading

French Onion Soup with Manzanilla Sherry

Sherry IntroIf you’ve never tried sherry, you’re not alone. Are you curious or looking for something new? Now is a great time to give sherry a try! Sherry wines range from bone dry to lusciously sweet. Even though most sherries start as a pale white wine made from the Palomino grape, they diverge greatly due … Continue reading

Preview to French Winophiles Champagne Celebration #Winophiles

French Winophiles Know Champagne is for CelebrationDecember is the time to celebrate: culmination of a year, year-end holidays and family gatherings. For hundreds of years, Champagne has built its reputation on celebration, it’s served at the coronation of kings, launching of ships, signing of contracts, pledges of love, you name it! This month, our French … Continue reading

Look the Other Way for Affordable Bourgogne #Winophiles

Affordable BourgogneThis month, our French Winophiles writers are exploring affordable Burgundy (Bourgogne is now the preferred term). Admittedly, Affordable Bourgogne is something of an oxymoron. Most Bourgogne wines start at $30 in the US and rapidly go up from there. Why? Simple supply and demand. Bourgogne wines are based primarily on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, … Continue reading

Rufina: One Straw in the Chianti Haystack #ItalianFWT

Italian FWT Chianti CavalcadeThis month, our Italian Food Wine and Travel writers will be celebrating different aspects of Chianti. Chianti is a familiar Italian wine to drinkers around the world, but there is so much to explore! Scroll down in this post for a list of links to all the writers contributions. Chianti Classifications – … Continue reading

Refreshing Variety of Loire Valley White Wines

The Long Journey of the Loire RiverThe Loire river winds all the way from Nevers in North-Central France all the way to Nantes where the river empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The river valley is home to vineyards nearly the entire way. Wines of all sorts are made with an especially wide variety of white … Continue reading

Discover Rutherglen Stickies #WorldWineTravel

World Wine Travel Writers Share Australia Bits and PiecesAs we prepare to jump from Australia over to New Zealand, we wanted to give our World Wine Travel writers a chance to highlight one more wine from Australia, be it a favorite, a wine from Tasmania, a fortified or sparkling wine. You might even see a … Continue reading