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Perfect Wines For Pizza

Perfect Wines For Pizza

About 10 years ago, caught up in the hedonism of the eighties, I once recommended (albeit somewhat in jest) drinking champagne with pizza. Its yeastiness and effervescence, I argued, made it (I think “it” was Veuve Cliquot) a fine accompaniment for the pie. In the “cents-ible” nineties, however, where mortgages and children’s college tuition have taken precedence over Guccis and Rolexes, that argument would probably not go over too well. If you want the bubbles, go for a good cold beer. But if you’re a wine drinker read on.

Choosing a wine for pizza can depend …

Chardonnay, Anyone?

Chardonnay, Anyone?

I dont like the music of Kenny G. I dont like the acting of Doris Day. I dont like the style of white-on-white shirts. Guess how I feel about chardonnay. For some reason, this best seller has never been one of my favorite wines. If I must drink a white, give me a sauvignon blanc, a riesling, or even a humble chenin blanc. They are, for me, far more interesting and serve as better accompaniments for food. But because chardonnay is such a popular wine, I thought I should dedicate at least one page to it.

Because of …

Holiday Cheer

Holiday Cheer

Probably it’s the bubbles, but I always find it difficult to conduct a champagne tasting and then even more difficult to write about it. No matter how hard I try to be objective and disciplined while I’m tasting, I seem to lose it after just the third or forth sip. I simply can’t spit it out and go on to sample the next wine. A certain pleasure takes overand that’s it. Like the renaissance world view of a great chain of being that connected all levels of creation to God, champagne links so many pleasant memories to the …

What To Serve With Turkey?

What To Serve With Turkey?

AUSTERE SPLENDOR: LES VINS D’ALSACE

Although their pairing is almost oxymoronic, the words “power” and “finesse” seem to follow each other whenever anyone discusses Alsatian wines. But I can think of no other two that characterize these luscious, quaffable wines as accurately. “Power” is often used to differentiate them from German wines to which they are frequently and perhaps unfortunately, compared. They are definitely fuller bodied and dryer, making them perfect accompaniments to fish and white meats. “Finesse” suggests the aromatic charm of their floral and fruity bouquets.

Alsatian wines are labeled after the grapes …

Picking up Pizza

Picking up Pizza

Four years ago this month, TableWine posted its inaugural feature, Perfect Wines for Pizza. We chose the topic because pizza seemed to epitomize everyday fare and we wanted to make it clear, from the outset, that our focus would be on affordable wines for everyday drinking.

Back then, it seemed that most wine websites were targeting the connoisseur or the oenophile. Readers exchanged views and tasting notes on old Bordeaux and Burgundy or  regaled one another with accounts of their latest coups in securing cases of  90-point California Cabs. But how many people (even those who can …

The Once Unthinkable: White Wine & Cheese

The Once Unthinkable: White Wine & Cheese

White, among the fashion conscious, has never been considered acceptable for daytime wear before Memorial Day. White, among oenophiles, has never been acceptable as an accompaniment for cheese. Indeed, I myself have, until now, been among those who have turned up their noses at the mere thought of serving the two together. After all, growing up in an Italian home, my formaggio was always accompanied by a Chianti, a Dolcetto, or on special occasions by a fine Barolo. In fact, I remember how, during the summer, we used to end many of our …

Chenin Blanc: The Scarlet “C”

Chenin Blanc: The Scarlet “C”

When I set out to buy the wines for this month’s feature on Chenin Blanc, I only had a couple of names in mind. So I thought let’s go to my local wine merchant and see what he has. As soon as I told him what I was looking for and asked for some suggestions, he paused for a moment and then said: “It will probably be one of your best tastings; but, just as likely, it will not elicit too much interest. People just aren’t into Chenins.”

Indeed, he was only able to come …

Bubbly on a Budget

Bubbly on a Budget

What has happened to Champagne prices? Last year, my all time favorite, Veuve Clicquot, which in my neck of the woods was going for $24.95 a bottle, is now up to $35.00. Other labels, like Perrier Jouet and Moet, also seem to have been donned for the season with similar price increases. We won’t even begin to talk about the astronomical prices of the vintage Champagnes and prestige cuvees, like Dom Perignon and Cristal.

Most wine stores are attributing these increases to a shortage caused by Millennium demand. Are we so afraid of the Y2K bug …

Mission Impossible: Red Wine for Thanksgiving

Mission Impossible: Red Wine for Thanksgiving

This year I decided I wanted to have red wine with my Thanksgiving dinner. In the past, I’ve usually opted for whites and, indeed, even on this site have unabashedly recommended them. Look, for instance, at my past feature, What To Serve With Turkey. And if you absolutely need to have whites or you positively eschew reds (you know those headaches), indulge yourself. Go for a good Riesling or a Pinot Blanc, maybe even a more fruity white from the Loire. Or why not just open that bottle of Champagne you’ve been saving for …

Reflections of Friendship

Reflections of Friendship

 

I have a young friend who’s extremely adept in craftwork. Pottery is her forte, but almost anything she makes, be it jewelry, sculpture, or cloth work, demonstrates her artisan’s hand and is strikingly unique. Recently she chose to give me a friendship bracelet. You’ve probably seen one before: six strands of variously colored embroidery thread tightly knotted to form an attractive pattern. I am quite touched by this little gift, whose charm lies in its simplicity and whose value in its intimation of the maker’s affection for me.

As I sat down to write about Dolcetto d’Alba, …