Dave DeSimone

Wines from Burgundy don't have to break the bank

Burgundy fans enjoyed a "golden age" in the 1990s. As quality improved, prices for white wines from prime Côte d'Or vineyards ranged from $30 for ...

The Wine Cellar: French growers take measures to let land add flavor to wines

As global markets run amok with insipid, industrially produced wines with gimmicky brand names, southern Côtes-du-Rhône reds offer delicious, authentic alternatives and terrific value. ...

The Wine Cellar: Briny oysters pair beautifully with these crisp white wines

In her entertaining, informative essay "Consider the Oyster," author M.F.K. Fisher extols the tasty mollusks' enduring popularity by noting, "Men have enjoyed eating oysters since ...

The Wine Cellar: Beaujolais, these days, offer affordable quality

I n the 1996 song "Charmless Man," the band Blur parodies a tedious wine snob by observing: "Educated in the expensive way, he knows his ...

Drinking wine isn't just the pleasure of one instant

S pring's invigorating, blustery days, the smell of moist earth and clean air, plus the bright displays of hyacinths, daffodils and magnolias invariably evoke emotions. ...

Biodynamic French Rhônes offer aromatic, fresh wines

T op appellations abound in France's Rh ône Valley, from Côte Rôtie, Condrieu and Hermitage in the north to Châteauneuf-du-Pape , Gigondas and Vacqueyras ...

The Wine Cellar: Drinking well for less

You can drink quite well without breaking the bank. It takes persistent digging, though, to discover dedicated wine producers whose modest wines balance an authentic ...

Next-generation winemakers work to keep sense of place

A t pivotal moments in French cultural history, resistance to central authority shaped the course of events. Today in French vineyards, another pivotal moment exists. ...

The Wine Cellar: Sunny skies, rocky coasts, cool nights create great wines

W here oceans and seas meet rocky coastlines with sunny skies, great wine-growing terroirs usually follow. Maritime breezes along the California coast, Mediterranean ...

The Wine Cellar: Muscats from France pair well with a variety of dishes

W hen it comes to dry white wines, don't immediately discount muscat. Dedicated winegrowers working in suitable terroirs offer dry muscats with marvelous ...

The Wine Cellar: Good food, wine make Valentine's Day at home exceptional

D on't panic if you haven't made restaurant reservations for Valentine's Day. Stay calm, and Cupid's arrow will find its true mark. Eating out ...