Franciacorta—The Only True Rival To Champagne

Franciacorta—The Only True Rival To Champagne

By Bob Lipinski Franciacorta is a “classic method” sparkling wine made in the province of Brescia in Italy’s northern region of Lombardy. According to its DOCG (1995) regulations, Franciacorta can be made into a white or rosé sparkling wine, which can range from...
Cooking With Cheese

Cooking With Cheese

By Bob Lipinski I enjoy using cheese as an ingredient in cooking, and its texture, flavor and color adds another dimension to the finished dish. Cheese can be added in chunks, diced, or even shredded to food at the beginning, middle or even end of cooking. You can...
The 2017 Burgundies Are Arriving

The 2017 Burgundies Are Arriving

By Bob Lipinski Overall, the 2017 vintage in Burgundy was excellent, providing both high quality and considerable quantity. Both reds and whites have a good fruit-acid-alcohol balance. The whites are excellent; perhaps the best vintage since 2014, with Chablis showing...
Eight Fun Facts About Bourbon Whiskey

Eight Fun Facts About Bourbon Whiskey

By Bob Lipinski What is Bourbon Whiskey? A distinctive whiskey of Kentucky made from a grain mixture of a minimum 51 percent corn and aged in new, charred oak barrels. Where is it Made? Technically, bourbon whiskey can be produced anywhere in the United States...
The Confusing Language of Wine

The Confusing Language of Wine

By Bob Lipinski “Tasting is the introduction of wine to our senses; sight, smell and taste.”  —Author Unknown With so many buzzwords, terms, phrases, and descriptions about wine being broadcast, spoken, and written about, it’s understandable to be uncomfortable...