Dave DeSimone

Saké documentary enlightens on rice wine's story

Traditional saké has deep roots planted in Japan's agrarian culture and seasonal rhythms. In his film "The Birth of Saké," Erik Shirai, an American ...

Pair wines and food that have equal dedication to quality

When it comes to pairing tasty grilled meat and fish with delicious wines, remember place and producer matter. Places with optimal growing conditions can create ...

Crisp, chilled whites help avoid hot weather doldrums

In summer's sweltering heat and humidity, turn to well-chilled, crisp white wines for respite. Condensation shimmering on cold — but not necessarily expensive — bottles ...

Savor a summer meal with an affordable dry rosé

As the scramble for popular dry rosés peaks this month, finding thirst-quenching, quality bottles under $20 becomes increasingly difficult. Even as prices rise, dedicated French ...

Reds, whites give a taste of Calabrian terroir, culture

In 2006, Dino Briglio, Antonello Canonico and Emilio Di Cianni, native sons of a rustic hill town in Calabria, Italy, followed their dream of commercially ...

Healthier vineyards, nesting storks show improvement in Alsatian lands

Drive out from Colmar along Alsace's Wine Route in June, and two striking images draw attention. At eye level, vivid green seas of grapevines engulf ...

Make wine a satisfying part of your summer grilling menu

Gathering around the grill to barbecue meat, fish and vegetables makes perfect sense during summer — especially while sharing wine. Just remember, a barbecue ...

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 ...