Vinogram: Waterkloof Cape Coral 2015

#Lastnightswine: a taste of #Provence from #Stellenbosch. @waterkloofwines Cape Coral 2015, fab rosé from South Africa. 100% Mourvèdre. $16.99/bottle. #wine #rose #rosewine #southafrica #stellenbosch #vinogram A photo posted by Robin Austin (@amgastronomer) on Jun 15, 2016 at 9:38am PDT For more information on Waterkloof from South Africa’s Western Cape visit waterkloofwines.co.za.

Five Rosé Wines to Enjoy this Summer

The summer of rosé is in full swing! It’s an international love affair, with rosé wine being made around the world from a variety of different grapes. Try one of these AG picks tonight: Cune Rosado Rioja 2013 Rioja Alta, Spain From CVNE (pronounced Coo-nay), a family owned and operated winery founded in 1879 in […]

Provence Rosé Continues to Impress

By Maxine Howard Two years after a grand tasting of Provençal rosés prompted me to write “Rethink Rosé,” apparently many Americans have done just that. In 2013, U.S. imports of rosé wines from Provence increased by 40% over the previous year. Not only are we drinking more rosés from France, but we are also discovering […]

Rethink Rosé: A Taste of Rosé Wines from Provence

By Maxine Howard The Provence Tasting Tour rolled into San Francisco in April to showcase rosé wines from the beautiful south of France. Nineteen wineries arrayed their offerings around the bar at the Bluestem Brasserie, demonstrating a range of hues from pale pink to deep salmon. As I made my way around the wines I […]

Wine Trends for 2012

Broaden your wine horizons and stay ahead of the curve in 2012. The Amateur Gastronomer predicts what wine trends will be big in the new year. The Return of Merlot The much-maligned Merlot will be making its comeback in 2012! The grape and wine took a hit after the 2004 release of the movie “Sideways,” […]

AG Pick: Domaine La Lorentine 2005

Châteauneuf-du-Pape may be the first place that comes to mind when you think of wine produced in the south of France, yet it is just one of more than ten appellations in the Southern Rhône wine region.  Domaine la Lorentine comes from Lirac, the appellation that shares its eastern border with Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Though close proximity […]

Discover Temecula: Thornton, Wiens & Leonesse Wineries

Continued from Discover Temecula: Briar Rose Winery After my introduction to California’s Temecula Valley at Briar Rose Winery it was time for lunch at Café Champagne.  The restaurant located at Thornton Winery serves contemporary fusion cuisine in a cozy French country setting overlooking the vineyards.  The best part is you don’t have to choose between […]

AG Pick: 2007 Juan Gil Monastrell

For Spanish red wine drinkers, Monastrell may not be as popular as Tempranillo but it definitely makes a delicious wine. If you enjoy red wine from France’s Côtes du Rhône region there is a good chance you’ve tasted Monastrell. There (and in the United States) this varietal is called Mourvèdre, and it is often blended […]

AG Pick: Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles 2007

When you try this red wine from Jean-Luc Colombo you’ll be buzzing about it too! Meaning “the bees,” Les Abeilles comes from France’s Southern Rhone Valley. It is a Grenache-based blend that is velvety smooth and easy to drink. Balancing out the flavor and texture of the Grenache are Syrah and Mourvèdre which provide structure, […]