LADING

You’ll Drink What’s There and Like It

This pretty much sums up my entertaining philosophy – but it’s not because I’m a jerk! Well, it’s partially because of that. It’s also because I’ve found that the fewer choices you give people, food and drink-wise at parties, the more is consumed and the more fun people have. My favorite party drink hands down […]

Book Report!

One of my personalities in the wine world is Terry Theise. He’s like the eccentric uncle I never had.  I wish I could be friends with him and have him give me life advice, but I have to settle for reading his extremely entertaining writing. When I first started getting interested in wine and discovered […]

Champagne – It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore!

People always ask me, “what’s your favorite wine?” You may as well ask a mother to pick her favorite child, but usually my answer is, “anything with bubbles.” With almost every other style, I find moderation pretty easy, but if there’s a glass of bubbly in front of me, I will empty it in no […]

Breathtaking Barolo

Whenever a vendor walks in the door with a bag full of wines from one winery and someone who actually works for said winery in tow, I get a little nervous.  If the wines are terrible, I just have to grin and bear it and find something nice to say, which takes almost superhuman effort […]

Tasting Tuesday – Austrian Gems

This past Tuesday, I got to taste through a whole lineup of new, fresh, zippy whites from local Austrian importer Klaus Wittauer.  Everything was delicious, but the standouts were Steininger’s new Gruner Veltliner and Riesling.  The Gruner smelled and tasted exactly like a slightly underripe peach – in the best possible way.  Tart, stone-fruit freshness […]

Tasting Tuesday: One-of-a-Kind Bubbly

I spend almost every Tuesday tasting for work – tough life, I know, but someone’s got to live it.  This means that I taste a lot of wine, and I get a pretty good cross-section of the wine world – the good, the bad, the ugly, and the laughable.  Some days are better than others, […]

A Delicious Night of Nebbiolo

As much as I love teaching classes, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and let someone else do the talking.  That was exactly what I got to do last night, when Jim Hutton of Vias Imports visited us to show off some elegant Nebbiolo from Produttori del Barbaresco. I love Nebbiolo because it has […]

You Can’t Go Back To Greece

I often help customers who are looking for an elusive wine they had on vacation in Greece, or at a restaurant in Iowa, that they can’t seem to track down anywhere else.  It was so good, they say!  They get this dreamy, far away look remembering their vacation, or that family reunion. Often, by the […]

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