Wines for the Holidays – by Phillip Silverstone

It always makes me chuckle this time of year when A Christmas Carol is shown for the millionth time on TV and all sorts of black and white movies suddenly appear, depicting the Dickensian tale in various guises. It makes me fall off my perch with laughter when the Ancient Movie Channels show old flicks set […]

European Wine Exploration Map – by Wine Folly

Check out this map of 35 great wines from western Europe. Have you’ve tried them all? 35 classic wines of Western Europe. If you’re just getting into European wines, these are the classics. The 35 wines included in these maps represent just a tiny fraction of the diversity in European wine, but they also serve […]

Wolfgang Puck + Lőcse Single Vineyard Selection Furmint = ?

World-famous chef Wolfgang Puck recently paired his Santa Barbara spot prawn dish with our 2011 Beres Locse Furmint to great effect. The occasion was a Visiting Chef Series dinner on October 19 with co-chefs Sean Bruck (Husk Restaurant, Charleston SC) and Dave Beran (Next Restaurant, Chicago IL). FurmintUSA – and Beres Winery – are thrilled […]

Barta Winery by Alder Yarrow

Tokaji Barta: The Old King in a New House Few traditional wine regions in the world can avoid something of a sneer when contemplating those with new money and no history who set up shop and begin to make wine. Few things are more desperately difficult than avoiding local scorn when moving into a traditional […]

It’s never too soon to begin thinking about wine for Thanksgiving

I know we’re still two months away from Thanksgiving, but if the pumpkin spice public relations machine can already dominate the landscape with their never-ending array of products, I figured I could weigh in early on some Thanksgiving wine options. I’m going to discuss two sets of wines, both, in my opinion, would be killer […]


The Romans brought wines to Hungary in the 5th cerntury AD. Over the centuries, new grape varieties were brought in from France and Italy.

A Sip of Faith: Adventurous White Wines

Are you bored with the same white wines? Sure the “House Chardonnay”, or “House Pinot Grigio” at your favorite restaurant is drinkable (and at times decent enough), but wouldn’t you like to go rogue and try something a bit more interesting?  I understand. Before I began to study wine seriously, I found myself drinking those […]

Registration Opens for SommCon

Registration Opens for SommCon, a Four-Day Educational Conference for Wine Industry Professionals and Enthusiasts SommCon® Returns To San Diego Featuring Over 40 Educational Seminars, Certification Opportunities, Tasting Events and More This November 16-19, 2016 by Press Release September 06, 2016 San Diego, CA (September 6, 2016) – This fall, SommCon® returns to San Diego bringing […]

The Story of Tokaji Wine by Wine Folly

The wines of the Hungarian region of Tokaj, or as they say it “toe-kay,” are a window into the past. For one, the word for wine in Hungarian, Bor, isn’t derived from the latin word for wine (vinum). This suggests that the area has a winemaking history that grew independently of, –and perhaps before– Roman […]

Hungarian Wine For The Win – by WineFolly

A quick guide to Hungarian wines identifying 4 of Hungary’s most intriguing wine regions: Tokaj, Villány, Eger and Nagy Somló by Winefolly. One hundred years ago, Hungary was one of the most important wine producers in Europe. Every royal court in Europe clinked glasses filled with precious gold Tokaji (“toe-kye”) wine, while other lush Hungarian […]