Yes, friends, I’m going to tell you to buy a case of white wine from Bulgaria for drinking this Spring and Summer. It’s the Domaine Boyar Traminer 2016, from that country’s Thracian Valley, commonly called the Thracian Lowlands. This is a large region in the south that abuts Greece and Turkey. Vine cultivation for wine in the area goes back 3,000 years,
with a long interruption under the Ottoman Empire — 1393-1878 — when grapes went for table consumption. The modern and progressive period began in the 1960s and burgeoned with the fall of Communism. Now the traminer
grape is not necessarily the same as gewürztraminer
, though the names are frequently synonymous. Traminer, the older name and grape, tends to be less floral and spicy than gewürztraminer and is likely the same as the savagnin rosé
grape grown in the Jura. In fact, gewürztraminer did not become the official ...
In these cold, dark days before spring, make some buttermilk fried chicken, and pair it with waffles, or a perfectly Sundayish chicken potpie.
Episode 447 of I'll Drink to That!
was released recently, and features Will Predhomme. Will is the President of Predhomme, Inc., a wine communications firm based in Toronto, Canada. He is also a partner in the Pearce Predhomme wine label, sourcing wine from Oregon and South Africa.
Will Predhomme has served wine in restaurants in several different parts of Canada over a long career, and part of the what this discussion brings to the table is insight into the different wine markets within that country. How does Toronto differ from Calgary or Windsor when it comes to wine? Will shares the answers from his experience. He also recounts his transition into self-employment after that sommelier career. Many sommeliers start to ask "what next?" at some point in their careers, and this interview addresses that question head on, as well as the various challenges that are associated with leaving ...
Most Noble Rot
SAUTERNES, FRANCE: A worker carries a bunch of botrytized Semillon grapes in a traditional wooden basket during harvest at Château d'Yquem in Sauternes, an appellation within the Graves region of Bordeaux. In the famous 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, d'Yquem was the only winery in the Sauternes region to be accorded the status of Premiere Cru Supérieur. Its sweet dessert wines are among the most famous, and long lived, in the world.
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