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Adding a Bit of Sparkle
In homage to May's theme, this month's article pays tribute to the wonders of the sparkling wine. Throughout history, we've revered and coveted this libation, but just exactly why the addition of those little bubbles make us swoon is somewhat of a mystery. To demystify the great and mighty bubbly, we'll explore how it is made and find out what makes a great sparkler great.
The Ever-Charming and Fickle Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is an extremely difficult grape to cultivate and produce consistent results. The gap between the high and low quality of this wine is broader than any of the other important reds. Nevertheless, an exceptional Pinot Noir is nothing less than sublime. Learn why Pinot Noir is considered the Holy Grail among winemakers and how to select one that won’t leave you disappointed.
On the Lighter Side
March Madness is upon us, and as the teams make their way to the finals, we Women of the Vine have some madness in mind of our own. The March 2006 event will celebrate the most eccentric and outrageous of the winemaking community. Here are some of the more curious among them.
Red is for Love
The color red is almost always associated with love and passion. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here is a basic primer on red wines. We’ll pay a little special attention to the red Rioja, as it is the theme for the February 2006 event.