Entries by Jennifer Raezer

Priorat Wine Region of Spain

Created in 1954, Priorat — named after the 12th century Carthusian Priorato de Scala Dei, the Priory of the Stairway of God, under the auspices of which winemaking began in the region — is one of the highest-esteemed denominations in all of Spain. Vineyards. Vineyards sit at high altitudes, ranging from 100-800 meters, with the […]

Best Wine Bars in Downtown NYC

This is a list of our favorite downtown wines bars in our hometown, New York City  - perfect for those visiting NYC or locals who need a few new spots to check out. Tribeca Terroir Tribeca. Has a fun wine list put together by its riesling-obsessed owner, Paul Grieco, and its very knowledgeable staff. Maslow6.  A cool […]

Napa Valley (California) Wines

Along with Sonoma, the Napa Valley appellation, with 15 additional nested AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) over 45,000 planted acres, is one of the premier wine producing regions in America. Geographically, the Napa Valley is framed by the Vaca Mountains in the east and the Mayacamas Mountain Range in the west. Generally, soil in the north […]

Wine from Spain: Carinena (Carignan)

Known as carignan in France, the cariñena grape variety (aka mazuelo and samsó) thrives in warm climates, which are required to bring this late-ripening variety to maturity. It is best known for being a small contributor to the great garnacha-based wines of Catalunya’s Priorat and Montsant DOs; in its supporting role, cariñena adds good acidity, […]

Carmenere: Chilean Red Wine

Carmenère is Chile’s fifth largest production fine grape variety, comprising 10% of red grape vineyard planted area and 7% of total. Originally from France’s Bordeaux, this late-ripening variety performs exceptionally well in Chile’s dry, warm climates, as it requires these conditions to reach full ripeness. Further, since carmenère production has faded in France, Chile is […]

What to drink and where to eat, shop and go in Florence, Italy

While living in Italy, we often went to Florence to take in some serious culture, good shopping and great food and wine. Here are some of our recommendations: What to Drink After a long day of sightseeing and shopping, Florence offers the perfect backdrop for a glass or two of Tuscan wine from nearby vineyards. […]

Wines from the Etna DOC (Sicily, Italy)

Sicily, the land of abundant sun, good food, and a rich culture infused with Byzantine and Arabic influences, continues to see growth in tourism and exports. Although Sicilian wines can be inconsistent at times, winemaking is improving at a breakneck pace with prices remaining generally reasonable. The Etna DOC — located in eastern Sicily on the slopes […]

AG Wine Pick: Pigato from Liguria, Italy

The wines of the Liguria region of Italy can be difficult to find — only the reclusive Valle d’Aosta region produces and exports less bottles. Plus, given the naturally high costs of production in Liguria (due to its mountainous landscape), its wines can tend to the more expensive side. While the reds are certainly good, […]

Guide to Godello: Galicia’s Great White Wine

Early-ripening, normal-skinned godello (aka verdello) is another up-and-comer and one of our favorite whites. Godello-based wines have the big fruit and acidity of albariño (peaches, citrus, apple), but with a bit more body and slightly higher alcohol. While Galicia’s star albariño grape has become increasingly well known internationally, godello continues to fall below most consumers’ […]

Discovering Wines from Spain’s Balearic Islands

While most of the wines from the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera; located off the east coast of Spain) are nothing to actively seek out, the distinctive, full-bodied manto nero grape variety is an exception to this rule and worth trying. We would recommend wines from the Mallorca’s Binissalem DO, specifically. If you […]