Category: Wine

A man smelling the wine in his glass

Enjoying your trip to a winetasting room

So you’re about to walk into a wine tasting room.  Maybe you’ve never been, maybe you’ve done this before but never been quite sure how it’s supposed to go: do [..]

Medieval man sitting at banquet with glass of hypocrasin his hand

Bud’s Glögg (gløgg) (glug)

I guess it’s not too soon before Christmas to share the very best recipe for hot spiced wine I know. I make a single gallon of this at Christmastime every [..]

The Fascination of Ancient Beverages

I have a desperate fascination for ancient wines, beers, and meads.  I love everything about them – trade patterns, methods of making and storing them, recipes, social usage, storage/presentation vessels, [..]

Medieval book from Yale Law Library
two glasses of wine side by side, one red and one white

Old Grapes, Lovely Wines: Muller-Thurgau and Tempranillo

All right, I need a break from writing about beer… so I’ll move over to something I honestly enjoy – wine.  Muller-Thurgau is a lovely German white flavored with elderflowers.  [..]

Star-K logo

Passover: Are honey and grape wine kosher?

Talking with Lori Titus at The Bee Folks this morning (as I was picking up thirty pounds of buckwheat honey) she mentioned that their honey had been Star-K certified, and have [..]

two glasses of wine side by side, one red and one white

Riesling – an historical grape

DNA studies by Ferdinand Regner indicates that one parent of the modern Riesling vine is Gouais Blanc, known in Germany as Weißer Heunisch , brought to Burgundy from Croatia by [..]

two glasses showing red wine with and without oak aging

Tempranillo Wine, the rich Spanish red

Tempranillo is a variety of black grape native to Spain.  It is called Spain’s “noble grape”, and is the main variety used in Rioja[1].  Spanish cultivation of vitis vinifera, the [..]

a long line of large oak beer barrels on their side, three deep