Archive for 'Quick Sips'

Wines to sample, way off the beaten paths

Wines to sample, way off the beaten paths

By Bob Hosmon City & Shore Magazine We’re well into a new year, but still resolved to celebrate by sampling some wines you may have never had or had so long ago you’ve forgotten how good [...]

Why some vintage years always will be better

Why some vintage years always will be better

By Bob Hosmon In 1968 Barbra Streisand won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her role in Funny Girl. The Beatles were awarded the Album of the Year Grammy for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club [...]

The days of wine & rosé champagnes

The days of wine & rosé champagnes

By Bob Hosmon For those who profess they don’t like wine with bubbles (and you know who you are), may I suggest a rosé champagne this season? They’re my favorites and more food-friendly than their white [...]

Giving thanks for Zins beyond Thanksgiving

Giving thanks for Zins beyond Thanksgiving

By Bob Hosmon The grape we know as zinfandel may have originated in Croatia (where it’s known as primitivo), but the wine itself is about as American as it can be. If you’ve not had zinfandel [...]

Good family names behind some of best wines

Good family names behind some of best wines

By Bob Hosmon Some of the best-known and most-admired wines in today’s market have family names on their labels.  Names like Antinori, Drouhin, Mondavi and Rothschild. Other wineries eschew the family name in favor of labels [...]

Screw-top bottle wines get some new respect

Screw-top bottle wines get some new respect

By Bob Hosmon Some of you may recall a time when the only wines sealed with screw-caps were fortified libations with names like “Thunderbird” and “MD 20/20.”  No respectable wine would use screw-caps; cork was the [...]

Cool, refreshing and thirst-quenching wines

Cool, refreshing and thirst-quenching wines

By Bob Hosmon and Mark Gauert We pause now to thank the inventors of air conditioning — and the people who make these refreshing, thirst-quenching wines that beat the summer heat: If you’re looking just for [...]

Sampling some less-known wines

Sampling some less-known wines

By Bob Hosmon and Mark Gauert One of the joys of tasting wines is discovering so many different wines from so many different countries.  If you’re sticking with the same favorite wines every time, it’s time [...]

Top American wines announced at competition

Top American wines announced at competition

By Mark Gauert Judges at this year’s American Fine Wine Competition, South Florida’s home-grown national wine competition, awarded a record number of Double Gold and Gold medals in a bountiful award year for winemakers from California [...]

Home wine storage ideas, off the beaten rack

Home wine storage ideas, off the beaten rack

By Bob Hosmon Unless you’re a serious wine collector who purchases numerous expensive bottles and waits years for them to age, you don’t need to keep your wines in a refrigerated professional-grade storage unit. Keep in [...]