KATIE'S COLUMN — wine

Vine Social: When Judging Wine, Place Is Even More Important Than the Grape by Katie Finn   February 17th, 2021

Vine Social: When Judging Wine, Place Is Even More Important Than the Grape by Katie Finn February 17th, 2021

When we were in our wine infancy—back in the 1970s—most new wine consumers understood that some wines were red, and some wines were white. Occasionally you’d see a wine that was pink, and therefore, you knew it was going to taste sweet. Jugs of Ernest and Julio Gallo Hearty Burgundy and Carlo Rossi Chablis lined the shelves of liquor stores. They became a staple on dinner tables as the sophisticated beverage of choice to accompany that home-cooked meal. But what was it, exactly, that we were drinking? We had no idea. But because we could obviously understand that burgundy is...

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Vine Social: Riesling Can Be Dry, Sweet and Everything in Between—and It’s a Perfect Wine for the Summer

Vine Social: Riesling Can Be Dry, Sweet and Everything in Between—and It’s a Perfect Wine for the Summer

Are you ready for the Summer of Riesling? Oh, c’mon … yes, you are. What’s that, you say? You don’t like riesling? It’s too sweet? It’s too heavy? It’s only for dessert? Oh dear. It looks like we need a riesling reboot! When the weather warms up (or, in our case here in the desert, becomes unbearably scorching), the world of wine professionals reaches for cool, crisp rieslings—so much so that a campaign was launched about a decade ago officially titled, you guessed it, “The Summer of Riesling.” Every year, restaurants and wine bars around the country feature several rieslings...

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Vine Social: How to Navigate a Restaurant Wine List—and How to Overcome Wine Snobbery

Vine Social: How to Navigate a Restaurant Wine List—and How to Overcome Wine Snobbery

I educate people about wine because I see a desperate need to make wine accessible—and, more importantly, make it enjoyable. I see so much pretension and snobbery associated with wine, and I find myself exhausted by the endless game of one-upmanship. Sadly, I find this holier-than-thou persona often perpetuated by people actually in the wine business.

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