It is long ago. I am 17 years old, in Paris for the first time, a guest at an international meeting. Standing in the middle of a reception, a very serious waiter hands me a glass of champagne. This is cause for immediate concern. I’ve tasted this stuff before-- at my cousin’s wedding: It’s a foamy, sour concoction, with an aroma reminiscent of a nearly empty can of Sprite.Read More
SUNDAY WINE READS
Sunday wine reads are Hart & Crus way of telling our story, the Cru of H&C, our wine loving people around the country, all chime in about a theme each week. The purpose is to make wine more approachable and educate a bit along the way. Hopefully keeping this lite hearted and fun with a bit none pretentious bs to tell the story. We hope you take the time to read what we are thinking about wine today. Cheers
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Planning a holiday party can be stressful, but your wine selections don’t have to be.
Take our advice and everyone will be talking about your party all of 2019. Don’t worry about having a fully stocked bar. You aren’t a restaurant. Pick two beers of differing styles (maybe a Wheat Beer and an IPA—local is best), and the basics behind the bar. Vodka, Gin and Whiskey with the standard mixers (soda, tonic, ginger ale and some citrus) and you’re set.
As for the wine...
I don’t know what wines some of these writers have been insisting on drinking, because Italy is a treasure trove when it comes to variety, and the diversity of interesting, textural, and, yes, age-worthy whites being produced up and down the country is so exciting.Read More
Many regard nebbiolo as the finest red grape of Italy, if not the world. It has a similar temperament to Pinot Noir, and can make wines as austere and mysterious as some of the greatest Burgundy. They are both finicky varietals and don’t do well in every vintage (as the much hardier cabernet or syrah do).Read More
The haters say it’s just a trend, flawed, wine for the hip “Williamsburg” crowd. But its champions, like me, will tell you quite the opposite. Despite what some might say, natural wine isn’t going anywhere. And that’s because, first and foremost, it’s just wine, in its most pure, original, even Biblical form.Read More