OFTEN, AFTER I’VE PRESENTED a wine tasting to people relatively new to wine, they are eager to ask questions: “How do I know I’ll like a wine?” “What’s an interesting wine?” “What’s a wine that tastes good and won’t cost too much?” “What would you drink with spaghetti? With salad?” And always, “What’s a good wine?”
Spaghetti and other Italian dishes are easy. Choose an Italian wine, especially one you’ve never had before. An excellent choice is Castello di Albola Chianti Classico Riserva ($28), particularly the 2013 vintage, currently on the market. It is Sangiovese-based, well-balanced, velvety and elegant. As for salad, since salad dressing is usually made with vinegar and vinegar is the enemy of wine, I suggest you never, ever drink wine with salad.
As for an interesting wine, try one from a country you may not realize makes wine. Lebanon, for instance. And a fine Lebanese choice is Château Kefraya — whose fascinating red wine ($20) blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah — dark ruby in color, round and inviting with a hint of cherries in the aroma.
Another interesting choice is a wine made of grapes associated with one region — Pinot Noir in cool Burgundy, for instance — which is made in a different part of the world. For example, try a Pinot Noir made in California’s Sonoma County. The large Sonoma region includes areas that differ widely in climate. Its Russian River Valley, for one, tends to be cooler and, while not as cool as Burgundy’s vineyards, it is closer to what Pinot Noir likes than are many other areas in the world trying to imitate Burgundy. One of the finest makers of California Pinot Noir is Patz & Hall, a Sonoma County-based winery. Its wide array of Pinot Noir ranges across those from Sonoma County generally to single-vineyard bottlings within the county ($43–90), all of which I’ve found offer complexity, elegance, balance and pure delight.
And, finally, the question of what’s a good wine. Put simply, wine is about pleasure. If you are drinking a wine and enjoying that wine, no matter what the wine, it is indeed a good wine.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
As part of Germany’s climate package, a plan to reduce emissions, the country will raise departure taxes at German airports. Taxes will go up as much as 60 percent, and are expected to raise up to €740 million. The funds will then be used to lower VAT on rail fares from 19 percent to 7 percent.
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, ahead of its naming ceremony Nov. 21. The 1,100-foot-long ship boasts a guest capacity of nearly 4,000. Since Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the shi, Oct. 30, Norwegian Encore sailed from Germany to England before making its way to New York City, then Miami, where the christening ceremony takes place next week.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Swiss-Belhotel International boasts an impressive portfolio throughout 22 countries, including 10 ASEAN member countries. This growth is continuing with the group’s new plans to debut four properties in Thailand.