Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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June 27, 2017

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A Worldly Look at Wine & Spirits

All-American Zinfandels

All-American Zinfandels

The decidedly masculine-sounding labels may create some eye rolls, but the bold flavors of Zinfandel can’t be easily dismissed. When it comes to big, bold wines, Zinfandels rank near the top. With mouth-gripping tannins and high alcohol content, these red wines remind me of something Ernest Hemingway might have drunk. I describe Zinfandels as “manly” wines because they definitely aren’t for dainty palates. Ironically, the…
The romance of rosé 

The romance of rosé 

Summer is just a few weeks away and it’s a wonderful time to stock up on rosé wines. The refreshing wines are food-friendly and low in alcohol content. And, we should mention, they can be quite romantic for summertime picnics.   Story: Mary Ann Desantis, WSET Few places inspire passion in wine lovers like Provence, France. Sitting in sun-drenched cafes, eating aromatic Provençal cuisine, and…
Cruising beyond the port

Cruising beyond the port

Story: Mary Ann Desantis, WSET Portugal’s Douro River Valley is getting an international reputation for its distinctive red wines created in some unlikely rocky vineyards. Many people think the only wine that Portugal has to offer is port, the fortified sweet wine that is a delicious accompaniment to desserts. Up until a few years ago, finding a dry red, unfortified Portuguese wine in the United…
Patience pays off

Patience pays off

A vertical wine tasting compares different vintages (harvest years) from the same winery and grape varietal. It’s also a fun way to learn what you like and what you don’t when it comes to wines. Story: Mary Ann Desantis, WSET Organizing an affordable wine vertical tasting takes a lot of patience and sleuthing. If you collect wines, you know how hard it is to keep…
The wine world’s Big Six 

The wine world’s Big Six 

Six grape varieties comprise the “big six” in the wine-making world: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. Salute continues its Big Six review this month with a look at the three red grapes that are the foundation for many of the world’s best wines.  Story: Mary Ann DeSantis, WSET I thought writing about red wine would be easy, because these three…
THE WINE WORLD’S BIG SIX

THE WINE WORLD’S BIG SIX

Start with the basics when you want to learn about wine. A good place to begin is with the six grape varieties that are the foundation for many of the world’s best wines. This is the first of two articles discussing these amazing grapes. Walk into any wine shop or supermarket and you can’t miss the Big Six—the grapes that Master Sommelier Andrea Immer Robinson…
Blazing the  Bourbon Trail

Blazing the Bourbon Trail

Story: Mary Ann DeSantis As the cocktail culture explodes once again, bourbon is making a comeback. Some fans say it never left as millions of people have journeyed along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® to learn more about this truly American spirit As a wine lover, I do not drink much bourbon. Something about the holidays, though, draws my palate to the caramel, vanilla, licorice and…
Que Syrah, Shiraz… What will your wine be?

Que Syrah, Shiraz… What will your wine be?

Whether you choose a French or American Syrah or an Australian or South African Shiraz, you will find a lot of similarities in the wines produced from this hardy and popular grape. But you’ll also find some mouth-puckering differences. What will your wine be when you serve your favorite pot roast recipe or a hearty leg of lamb? A Syrah or a Shiraz?  Either way,…
Black Grapes, Dark Wines

Black Grapes, Dark Wines

Malbec, often called ‘the black wine,’ is produced mostly in Argentina, but the varietal has its roots in Cahors, France, where it has grown since the Middle Ages. This past summer, New World and Old World winemakers faced off during a masterclass at the 6th Annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. French and Portuguese wines represented Europe—the Old World—while California and Australian wines were the…
A Rum Primer

A Rum Primer

If you think rum is only for mixing with Coca-Cola or for making sweet boat drinks, you may be surprised that rum experts hold their rums to the same rigorous standards as professional wine tasters. Photos: Mary Ann DeSantis+Tony DeSantis+steve bennett Terroir makes a big difference in wine types and styles. A French varietal is going to taste much different from one produced in California.…
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