February 4, 2014
2011 Newman's Own Cabernet Sauvignon From: California Price: $10 Serve with: Red meat, pasta, pizza This red wine from the company founded by the late, great actor Paul Newman is a terrific value. No, it's not the most complex cabernet to ever come out of California, but it holds its own with many that fetch twice its price. It's a medium- to full-bodied wine with up-front, accessible flavors of black cherry and vanilla. It could be even better in a year or two, but it's mighty easy drinking right now. -- Michael Dresser
January 28, 2014
From: Sonoma County, Calif. Price: $24 Serve with: Duck breast, rack of lamb This is a smooth, suave, sophisticated merlot from a highly commercial winery that I can't help admiring. This is an ideal restaurant red - full-bodied enough to match with serious food, but perfectly ready yo be drunk now. It offers intense black cherry fruit, with subtle herbal notes, and admirable persistence and finish. It just goes down real easy. -- Michael Dresser
January 22, 2014
From: California Price: $14 Serve with: Grilled red meat, pizza, pasta This blend of California red varieties is a concentrated by soft-textured wine that packs a lot of flavor. Widely distributed – and often on sale at attractive prices – this Apothic offers deep blackberry fruit and flavors of chocolate, black pepper and herbs. Though a dry wine, it leaves the impression of sweetness – in a good way, It's not a complex wine but it packs a (gentle) punch. -- Michael Dresser
January 14, 2014
From: Napa Valley, Calif. Price: $25 Serve with: Beef tenderloin, rack of lamb BV is one of the oldest and most-respected producers of cabernet sauvignon in the Napa Valley, which counts for a lot because Napa truly is cab heaven. This wine is the lowest-priced in BV's line of fine cabernets and Bordeaux-style blends, and it's an attractive price for Napa. This wine has all the elements of a fine Napa cab, without the ultra-complexity and high price tag of the luxury versions.
By Catherine Mallette | January 9, 2014
If Valentine's Day or a pretty, clear-skies day inspire you to think about a back-roads weekend day trip with your favorite road companion, consider a jaunt that involves wine and chocolates. Start with a trip to the Harford Vineyard & Winery and pick up a bottle of Crimson Moon, a dry red that took a 2013 Silver Medal in the Maryland WineMaster Choice awards (may we recommend the Malbec, too?). Then head another 34 miles up to Pennsylvania and visit Neuchatel Chocolates' factory store in Oxford.
January 6, 2014
From Rias Baixas, Spain Price: $15 Serve with: Bacalao (salt cod) or other fish This intensely flavorful dry white wine from Galicia in northern Spain delivers a lot of complexity and style for its price. It offers flavors of lemon, herbs, apples, minerals, smoke and pine. It's made entirely in stainless steel so there's no oak influence. What you get is pure fruit and a medium-bodied wine of impressive length. Thankfully, it's available in generous quantities. -- Michael Dresser
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
More people are likely to toast this New Year with a glass of French champagne, industry observers say, an optimistic economic sign as consumers look beyond cheaper sparkling wines. Sales of the bubbly beverage from the Champagne region of France have been on the upswing this year. That means brisk business for wine sellers at year's end, when the final three months can account for 40 percent of annual champagne sales. Rising sales of champagne and other luxury items can signal improving consumer attitudes, experts say, and some in the wine business are taking the increase as another indicator of economic recovery.
By Donna M. Owens, For The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2013
Inside the 1905 Arts and Crafts-style house that Tony Foreman shares with wife Katie and their newborn daughter in Northeast Baltimore, the mood is festive in anticipation of New Year's celebrations. Downstairs in the wine cellar, some 5,000 bottles are just waiting to be opened for toasts. "It's an awful lot of fun to come down and find your favorite," says the president and wine director of Foreman Wolf, the restaurant group he co-founded with chef Cindy Wolf. Their brand includes five restaurants (with a sixth scheduled to open soon)
By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2013
Though New Year's Eve is less than a week away, even last-minute party planners have time to add a Maryland sparkling wine to their celebrations. With seven of the state's 56 wineries producing America's version of champagne, the local wine industry has a lot to offer. "Most well-made sparkling wines have a freshness imparted by the effervescence and the bright fruit," says Kevin Atticks, executive director of the Maryland Wine Association, which is based in Timonium . And besides, "Bubblies are interesting and look so nice in the glass," he says.
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