Port Wine & Cheese: Just in Time for Cold Weather

Port Wine & Cheese: Just in Time for Cold Weather

By Bob Lipinski Port is one of my absolute favorite wines, especially when cold weather comes knocking. There is nothing like a slightly chilled glass of port with a wedge of cheese, a bowl of nuts, and a roaring fire. Port is a sweet red, rosé, or white fortified...
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...
Italy’s DOCG Wines

Italy’s DOCG Wines

    By Bob Lipinski DOCG Laws (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) (deh-noh-meh-nah-zee-OH-neh  dee  oh-REE-jee-neh  kohn-trohl-LAH-tah  eh  gah-rahn-TEE-tah) DOCG is a higher designation than DOC; garantita (the letter “G”) or “guaranteed...
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...
Exploring Cabernet Franc Wines

Exploring Cabernet Franc Wines

By Bob Lipinski Cabernet Franc (kah-behr-NAY frahn) is a medium acid red grape variety grown in Bor­deaux, France since at least 1784. Cabernet Franc is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to make the dry wines of the Médoc, Graves, Pomerol, and...