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Meg Houston Maker
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Terry is a wise man.
Toggle Commented 3 hours ago on A Wine for Old Love at Maker’s Table
Thank you, Regina!
Old love needs a Bacchus wine, not a Cupid wine. Here are some suggestions. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Maker’s Table
The project highlights the diversity of six ancient Zinfandel vineyards. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Maker’s Table
Thank you so much, David.
Yes, there’s lots of experimentation happening. I think we can also expect to see more varietal Xarel•lo from this region, plus still whites made from both traditional grapes and blends.
Brian, many thanks for sharing further details about the family producers in the Dalla Terra portfolio. Theirs are characterful wines that deserve a taste. Cheers, Meg
A glimpse of the buzzing, thriving, chaotic vitality of Parés Baltà, and of the family who makes the wines. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Maker’s Table
Thank you so much for reading, Alessandro, and for your thoughtful remarks. Like you, I value the work of small producers who are making soulful wines, and, as this article highlights, wines made from grapes native to Italy, rather than blended into international-style sameness. Unfortunately, smaller-production wines can be hard to find throughout the U.S., where the bulk of my readership resides. Regardless, whenever I find a wine that’s delicious, I sing its praises to the rafters. Best, Meg
The labels are cool. It's actually hard to tell which is front, which is back. Both are elegant and essential.
Pinot Noir is a tuning fork for terroir. Here’s one way to think about that. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at Maker’s Table
Many thanks for reading, Krista, and happy Italian-red-wine-hunting to you!
A virtual tour of Italy celebrating the red wine grapes that have been linked to that land for centuries. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Maker’s Table
Thanks, as always, for reading, David. Do try these whites. They are engaging.
Dan Petroski's white wines are elegant and animated, creating a delicious frisson. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Maker’s Table
And here’s to knowing it’s now “Meunier,” not “Pinot Meunier.”
The final article in this glittery series considers sparkling wines with a high interestingness quotient. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Maker’s Table
Refreshing, cleansing, spirited, restorative—sparkling wines that don't insist on themselves. The third article in the series. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Maker’s Table
The second article in the series considers Elegant sparkling wines. Who can resist? Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at Maker’s Table
Do look for the still Viognier from Vinavanti, too. And look for my comments on it in a future article.
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2015 on Sparkling Wines for Now: Opulent at Maker’s Table
It was a toss-up whether to classify it as “opulent” or “interesting.” We might simply call it “essential.” One of the most compelling wines I’ve tasted all year.
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2015 on Sparkling Wines for Now: Opulent at Maker’s Table
Elegant, opulent, refreshing, or interesting—sparkling wines teach your palate how to rejoice. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Maker’s Table
Sounds perfect. But—because I haven’t tasted it! For that matter, I haven’t visited the Rheingau, or any part of Germany except where Lufthansa touches down, for five years. I need to get back, soon.
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2015 on A Tannhäuserisch Wine at Maker’s Table
In the next edition of La Tazza e il Cantico: Pairing Wine With Opera, we find a wine for Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Maker’s Table