Unusual Reds at Loire’s Biodynamic Manoir de la Tête Rouge #Winophiles

 

Tete Rouge

“Tonight?” he asked in accented English. “You want to stay tonight?” 

“Yes,” we assured him, “yes please.” It was about 8pm and we’d be there as soon as we could.

On that gray fall day, our morning began early in Hautvillers, Champagne, Continue reading

Women in Wine: Susie Selby and her Malbec for #WorldMalbecDay #SonomaWineMonth

Selby Malbec

Happy World Malbec Day!

Malbec is a classic French grape, one of the few that’s allowed in Bordeaux blends, and famous from Cahors just south of Bordeaux where it is known as Côt. 

In recent years, it’s gained recognition for its expression in Argentina where the grippy tannins ripen and the wine is more fruit forward; Argentina instigated World Malbec Day for this date back in 2011. 

But don’t ignore Malbec made in the US! Continue reading

#Winophiles Explore Organic Loire, The Garden of France: Preview with Carême “Spring” Vouvray

Carême “Spring” Vouvray

The Loire Valley in France offers languid riverside paths for walking and cycling, storybook castles for exploring and staying, forests for hunting deer and mushrooms, gravelly shoreline and hillside vineyards for wine grape growing, deep limestone caves for living, staying, and storing wine, plus lush fields for cultivating vegetables and raising livestock. Continue reading

3 Wines from Sicily’s Etna Volcano Paired with Pork Sugo #WinePW

Sicily’s Volcanic wine region: Wines from Mt Etna paired with pork Sugo

Do you have a favorite little known and under appreciated region in Europe– a region that could use more attention and love? Continue reading

Lazio to Paso Robles: “if you see kay” #ItalianFWT

if you see kay from Lazio

April is Earth Month, so each April here on Wine Predator we try to turn our attention to wines that pay attention to the triple bottom line: planet, people, AND profit. That’s typically organic and biodynamic wines, and we’ve also discussed the different and somewhat confusing plethora of certifications amid concerns of greenwashing. 

One way that people are trying to save a buck AND the planet is by Continue reading

Recycle: Best Wine Job in the World or April Fools at Murphy-Goode?

How does $10k a month, free rent, free wine, and a chance to tackle your dream job in the wine industry sound? Too good to be true?

April Fools?!?!

Twelve years ago, Queensland Australia pitched a contest to hire someone for “The Best Job In the World.” Dozens of friends encouraged me to go for it, so I did– Continue reading