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Meg Houston Maker
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Martin, thanks so much. Sparkling winemaking is astonishingly complex.
The Champagne blender’s art is to foresee what each element might contribute to the long conversation taking place inside the bottle. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Maker’s Table
Good luck finding these wines, Krista. Let us know how that turns out. Meanwhile, thanks for reading—new stories are now in edit!
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2015 on Sixteen California Pinots at Maker’s Table
These sixteen Pinot Noir from warm California vintages feel friendly, juicy, spicy—and just right for cooler weather. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at Maker’s Table
Hi Diana, I'm so glad you and your husband enjoyed the stew! I'm also flattered that you think it worthy of serving at your holiday party. As for wine, you might try Beringer Zinfandel—or whatever Zin you used in the stew. Pinot Noir is also a good choice. Meiomi is very popular, but at $19, you'll need to find it on sale. In general, Zin will be fruity but structured enough for the beef, while Pinot will be better with the salmon, but both will be good. I encourage you to explore a box wine option—there are some good wines being put into bag-in-box containers, and the quantity is great for parties. You can decant the wine into carafes if you're leery of the look of the box, but for $20 for 3L, you can't beat the price. Hope that helps, and let me know how it turns out! Meg
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2015 on Beef Stew with Zinfandel at Maker’s Table
The tiny appellation of Rosé des Riceys, in the midst of Champagne, yields a gleaming, still rosé wine. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2015 at Maker’s Table
Perfect, Joe. Terry Gross pushes her subjects, kindly, somehow striking the perfect balance between curiosity and generosity.
Kay, thank you so much for participating, and for your kind comments here. I use Evernote to log my wine reviews. It syncs to all of my devices, so I always have my complete tasting database with me when I travel.
Robbin and Dixie, thanks so much for reading and for contributing your remarks.
Good wine writing demands more than a palate and a vocabulary. If you can master a few techniques of good writing, you can keep your reader reading. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Maker’s Table
Hi, Stella, Thanks for stopping by, and I'm glad you enjoyed the reviews. Unfortunately Gangloff's wines are very difficult to find here in the U.S., his winery has no website, and indeed, there is limited information available about his wines anywhere online. So, I apologize for the limited information about availability. However, despite this information vacuum—actually because of this information vacuum—it felt important to share news of his wonderful wines, because they deserve to be better known. Thank you again, and good luck tracking them down. Please loop back if you do to let us know what you thought. Meg
Many thanks for reading, and for your kind remarks, Alissa. These tasting notes were taken at the very serious, very sober tasting salon held that morning in Ampuis. I can assure you that nobody was taking notes during the magnum party! Would love to connect in early August. I’m headed to the Finger Lakes for the Wine Bloggers’ Conference on the 11th, but have good availability that first week. Drop me a line!
Yves Gangloff’s wines are dazzling and scintillant (the guitar is optional). Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Maker’s Table
The farm was going, almost gone. It was time for me to visit, although visiting at the dying end of the year would be a bitter, tender moment. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Meg Houston Maker
Thank you so much for the congratulations, Don, and for your kind words. I don't think I'll be able to make the conference this year—I have a couple of big projects in midstream right now, and it would be hard to get away. Best, Meg
Maker's Table was selected for wine writing that excels in voice, style, and original insight. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Maker’s Table
Sixteen white wines to help us celebrate summer's fleeting gladness. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Maker’s Table
Cathy Corison on her new Napa vineyard, her shift toward Biodynamics, and what’s most in her way now. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Maker’s Table
I grew up in Maine, in a nearly 100 percent white community. But as a kid in the 1970s, two decades after Brown v. Board of Education, I remember learning about the Civil Rights Movement and thinking, Segregation? How was that even a thing? I also remember an ad that used to run regularly in the Saturday edition of the Waterville Morning Sentinel. I have a clear memory of seeing this ad over my Mom’s shoulder as she read the paper. It showed two men in suits, from behind, standing at an altar, with a holy man between them. The ad’s headline read, “Is This What You Want?” What’s that ad mean, Mom? I asked. She tactfully explained that some people believed that marriage should exist only between a man and a woman. I remember thinking at the time, That’s just stupid. Yes, there is still horrendous racism, sexism, homophobia, religious discrimination, and intolerance of all kinds in this country.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Meg Houston Maker
People's choice voting is now open, so if you like what you read here, I'd deeply appreciate your support. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Maker’s Table
Now the storm was all around us, flashing and crackling as great trunks of white fire boomed down into the driveway. Then—I smell smoke. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Meg Houston Maker
Raising a glass to you, too!
Toggle Commented May 18, 2015 on A Bouquet of Rosés at Maker’s Table
Thanks for reading, and yes, who could argue with a rosé of Lagrein?
Toggle Commented May 18, 2015 on A Bouquet of Rosés at Maker’s Table
Rosé wines are meant for summer, yes. Also: fall, winter, and spring. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Maker’s Table
Zinfandel from a steep Russian River hillside proves there's wisdom in old vines. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Maker’s Table