Could you explain the Syrah grape variety? Where is it grown, where is its best expression found, what does it taste like and where does it come from? What are ideal food pairings for Syrah Shiraz? Syrah/Shiraz are the exact same grape. It was brought over from France, where in Northern Rhone it found its spotlight. The…

  Just a short forty five minute drive south of Portland, Oregon lays one of the west coast’s largest and most interesting wine regions.  The Willamette Valley in northwest Oregon has become a food and wine lovers’ destination despite its relatively brief history. Prior to being known for wine, the Willamette Valley was known for…

Australia is producing a wide range of wine from many sub-regions, but it’s probably most well known for its Shiraz production. Why is this the case, what makes Australian Shiraz stand out, and what regions are producing the best wines? What foods go well with it and what producers might you recommend visiting and tasting?…

Amarone is a red wine blend, pronounced AH-MA-ROW-NAY, most commonly made from venetian grapes Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Oseleta and Molinara. The grapes are grown and produced in Valpolicello, located in the Veneto region of northern Italy. What makes these wines unique is the process that takes place after harvest known as the “appassimento process.” Traditionally,…