After many years of a bad rap, merlot has legs again.
4. Belly up to the poured concrete bar (which tops a textural façade made from barrel stays) at the achingly gorgeous Kontokosta
I predict you will be hearing a lot more about Happy Canyon wines in the coming years.
It is an area that has been growing grapes since Roman times and the source of some of the world's greatest Merlot and Cabernet Franc based wines.
There has been a lot of buzz about Virginia wines. When we visited, what we found was enticing. The wineries are proliferating, and the wines excellent, and the philosophy of life, camaraderie of local vintners and "recherche du temps perdu" sense was alluring.
Despite the commoditization and very high prices of some Bordeaux, there remains a level of winemaking and perfect matching of grape with soil and climate that sustains its importance and relevance in today's fine wine world.
Chile has been a strong source of value-priced wines since the late 1980s. It is now the world's ninth largest producer of wine -- ahead of both Germany and Portugal -- and the fourth biggest source of wine imports to the U.S. after France, Italy and Australia.
I like to introduce my guests to interesting wines, wines that you might not otherwise try with a holiday dinner. So no Pinot Noir or Chardonnay here, just my top 10 recommendations to try along with the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.