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Columns – Sandra Taylor

So You Don't Like White Wines?
Sandra Taylor
Jul 10, 2018

So often, when dining out with friends who ask me to choose the wine for our meal, someone inevitably declares, 'I really don't like white wine!' I am always astonished because this means they have been missing out on some truly wonderful wines from many regions of the world. Likewise at wine tastings I host for women who seek to be more knowledgeable about wines, they too can be overheard saying they don't really care for the white wines, that they are just too thin and acidic for their liking. Since we're now in the time of year when even the most ardent red wine drinker chooses a chilled refreshing white wine while dining al fresco, this is my opportunity to suggest interesting whites that red lovers continue drinking even into fall and winter.

Biodynamic Basics
Sandra Taylor
May 22, 2018

Biodynamic wine producers believe that life begins in the soil and that a healthy balance in the vineyard eco-system and in their wines is dependent on first achieving healthy balance in the soil. Many turn to biodynamic viticulture in order to restore balance to over-used soil that had been abused by years of poor agricultural practices. The biodynamic approach to grape growing has become one of the more controversial issues within the wine industry. The skeptics, who are many, see it as an incredible waste of time and money. For some, it is pure quackery, an affront to science and modern thinking. For its adherents, however, biodynamic viticulture is a further advance along a similar line as organic viticulture.

Sustainability in Wine Production
Sandra Taylor
Apr 3, 2018

Consumers, especially millennials, are increasingly concerned about where their food and beverages come from, how they are made, and whether they're produced in a responsible way. Wine is no exception. As the demand for organic food continues to increase, restaurants and retailers are also seeing demand for wine made through sustainable practices.