Chardonnay: The Most Popular White Wine In The U.S.

Chardonnay: The Most Popular White Wine In The U.S.

By Bob Lipinski “Chardonnay is a red wine masquerading as a white, and Pinot Noir is a white wine masquerading as a red.” (André Tchelistcheff, 1901-1994, Legendary Winemaker) America’s love affair with Chardonnay began back in 1936, when Wente Vineyards of Livermore,...
So, What Is Goat Cheese?

So, What Is Goat Cheese?

By Bob Lipinski Goat cheese, known as chèvre in French, is a classification of cheeses made worldwide from goat’s milk, which vary in style, appearance, and flavor. Goat’s milk cheese is made in a variety of shapes, such as cones, cylinders, disks, logs, ovals,...
Saint Patrick’s Day Primer

Saint Patrick’s Day Primer

By Bob Lipinski The mention of Saint Patrick’s Day usually fills one with thoughts and visions of corned beef & cabbage, Irish soda bread, Irish whiskey, Guinness Stout, a parade along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and mugs of piping hot Irish coffee. Before you...
Stilton: England’s Famous Blue Cheese

Stilton: England’s Famous Blue Cheese

By Bob Lipinski Stilton is a world-famous blue cheese made in the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire, in England, from pasteurized cow’s milk. Stilton was first mentioned in print about 1727, when novelist Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) wrote about...
Champagne & Cheese for The Holidays

Champagne & Cheese for The Holidays

By Bob Lipinski What could be more alluring than a chilled glass of champagne with its bubbles dancing in the glass, paired with a soft, smooth, and creamy wedge of cheese? My holiday recommendations for sparkling wines include “bubbly” from France and Italy, although...
Beaujolais Nouveau Has Arrived!

Beaujolais Nouveau Has Arrived!

By Bob Lipinski Beaujolais Nouveau (known as Beaujolais Primeur in France) is the “new” Beaujolais wine that has been fermented to capture the ultimate in lightness and freshness besides its intense grapy aromas and flavors. Beaujolais is a grape-growing district...