Author Archives for Nancy Smay

High-Tech Help with Pairing

Those of you who have difficulty selecting the perfect wine to give Aunt Franny or the best match for your new favorite dinner recipe might find some help in a new web-based analysis tool developed by a company called QlikTech. The tool is called the Wine Press Wine Selector, and can be found here.
According to […]

Golf Balls and Grapevines

Once you’ve made your mark on the PGA Tour and proven yourself among the best golfers in the world, what comes next? The answer for some Pro Golfers is to trade playing on finely manicured fairways for tending the vineyard. Golf and winemaking have a lot in common, right? Uh…okay, maybe not. But they do […]

Wine Columnist Worship

Well, worship may be too strong a word. But I have been a Wine Spectator subscriber for several years, and have really come to appreciate and look forward to Matt Kramer’s words. Sure, Jim Laube and James Suckling are enjoyable as well, but Kramer always manages to say something that leaves me thinking, “yeah, he’s […]

Any excuse for a party - Beaujolais Nouveau

I’ll admit it, I’ll use almost any excuse to have a party. And the upcoming release of Beaujolais Nouveau is no exception.
If you aren’t sure what I’m referring to, you’ll be pleased to learn that the third Thursday in November is practically a worldwide holiday! Okay, that may be going a bit far, but it […]

Bogus Bordeaux?

While most of us are happy to buy wine to cellar briefly or drink immediately, the serious collectors among us may want to exercise some extra caution when bidding these days, as counterfeit wine discoveries are on the rise. According to an Agence France-Presse article at, recent Bordeaux frauds are a buyer and seller […]

Reinventing the Tasting Experience

The Temecula Valley might not be on top of your list of ultimate wine tasting destinations, but if the budget doesn’t quite allow a tour of Bordeaux or a riverboat up the Rhine, it’s an enjoyable place to spend a couple days.
If you go, be sure to seek out Rancho de Andallusia. Newcomers to the […]

Cabernet Sauvignon Blends

To Blend or not to Blend?
The answer, in the case of many of the worlds greatest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines, is to blend.
There is a myth swirling in the miasma that surrounds the wine industry that seems to get picked up by wine drinkers now and then that a blend is a lesser quality […]

Maryland Winefest

While Maryland might not be the first place you think of when you’re thinking about wine, wine-minded Marylanders were out in full force the weekend of October 7-8 to taste the offerings of some of Maryland’s finest wineries at the annual Riverside Winefest at Sotterly Plantation.
Eager tasters braved a deluge Saturday and lingering mud on […]

Wine and Food Pairing with CIA Wine & Spirits Professor, Michael Weiss

Part III of Report from the Road: Cakebread Cellars American Harvest Workshop
To pick up where the last post left off –
In any pairing attempt, another important thing to remember is to match the power of the wine and the food. This is probably the rule from which red with steak, white with fish was originally […]

Wine and Food Pairing with CIA Wine & Spirits Professor, Michael Weiss

Part II of Report from the Road: Cakebread Cellars American Harvest Workshop
Cakebreads annual wine and food celebration, the American Harvest Workshop, featured Michael Weiss, who led an informative seminar about wine and food pairing. Weiss, the professor of wine and spirits at Hyde Park, New Yorks Culinary Institute of America, is also the author of
Exploring […]