Armagnac: France’s Other Great Brandy

Armagnac: France’s Other Great Brandy

By Bob Lipinski Armagnac is a brandy distilled from wine and is often confused with its close cousin, Cognac. However, Armagnac’s taste is fuller and richer and is described as less “burning” and more mellow. Armagnac comes from the Gascony region in southwest France,...
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...