All but one of 25 wineries to participate in an annual tasting of wines made from grapes grown on Mount Veeder in Napa Valley were pouring a cabernet sauvignon, the varietal wine most closely identified with the appellation.
With the yuletide rising, it’s time to grasp the season’s favorite lifesaver, Champagne. And by Champagne, we mean Champagne and Champagne alone. Enough with prosecco from Italy and cava from Spain. Let’s return this holiday season to the land where sparkling wine is at its most robust, revered and romantic, France’s Champagne.
Mike Dunne is a freelance wine writer and consultant who divides his time between Sacramento and San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur. He is a former food editor, wine columnist and restaurant critic of The Sacramento Bee and continues to write a weekly wine column for The Bee. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org