The 2018 Burgundies Have Arrived

The 2018 Burgundies Have Arrived

By Bob Lipinski Earlier in the month I attended a special “preview” tasting of the 2018 Burgundies imported by Frederick Wildman. Both the reds and whites were showing very well with considerable fruit, acidity, structure, balance, and drinkability. Many of the bigger...
Champagne… The Nectar of the Gods!

Champagne… The Nectar of the Gods!

By Bob Lipinski Champagne is a region in France about 90 miles northeast of Paris. Sparkling wines made there using the méthode champenoise (champagne-method) are called “Champagne.” Sparkling wines made in other regions of France regardless of how good they are...
Virginia’s Wines are Mighty Fine

Virginia’s Wines are Mighty Fine

By Bob Lipinski With just over 275 wineries within seven grape-growing areas, Virginia ranks fifth in the nation for wine grape production. The first recorded wine production in the United States took place in Virginia soon after the British established a colony there...
A Taste of Italy

A Taste of Italy

By Bob Lipinski Italy is one vast vineyard, stretching from Piedmont in the north to Sicily in the south. It is divided into 20 grape-growing regions and over 8,100 villages. There are over 2,000 varieties of Italian wine and more than 1,000 different grape varieties....
Sweet Wines for the Sweet Tooth

Sweet Wines for the Sweet Tooth

By Bob Lipinski “A glass of wine is a great refreshment after a hard day’s work.” (Ludwig Van Beethoven, 1770–1827, German composer) Sweet wines are meant for after-dinner consumption…right? Well, yes, and no. There are some sweet and some not so, that are served...