You hear this elusive French term constantly in discussions about wine, but what is terroir, anyway?

You hear this elusive French term constantly in discussions about wine, but what is terroir, anyway? It comes from the old Latin word terra, which means earth. It suggests that each individual place in the world is […]

"Delicious, vibrant, lively, clean, super-drinkable — you can choose any description you want, as long as it’s favorable." - Steve Heimoff

I recently wrote about Kendall-Jackson’s brand new wine, the Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Gris from the acclaimed 2014 vintage. When I first tasted it, a few weeks ago, I was absolutely delighted, because after many years of reviewing California […]

Talkin’ About Varietal Wine

Everybody knows Kendall-Jackson produces many different “varietal” wines: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris. But what are varietal wines? Where do they come from? How did they get their names? […]

What are Tannins in Wine?

You don’t need a Ph.D in chemistry to understand tannins, but a little background helps. “Polyphenols” are organic compounds found in plants (not animals), including tree bark, seeds, nuts, tea and wood. Tannins are a polyphenol; they’re […]

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