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There’s nothing easy about serving wine to a wide cast of characters, from judgmental relatives to novice drinkers who would be just as content with a cold Bud Light. Factor in a dinner spread that swings from savory to sweet in a single bite and that pulls from almost every spice in the cupboard and you’ve got a pairing nightmare.
This past year I spent the better half of November and December drinking Spanish Tempranillo and room-temperature white Burgundy. Since the New Year, I've left the Old World for wines made here in the states in one of my favorite regions: Oregon's Willamette Valley, which is known mostly for its Pinot Noir.
Studies have shown that drinking a moderate amount of red wine lowers your risk of heart attack, stroke, heart disease, and sudden cardiac death by 25% to 40%. John Passman, owner of Cellar 13 Wine Merchant, recommends three reds to enjoy this winter.
There’s a line of stemware that’s half the weight of Riedel, lead-free (so less fragile), hand-blown, and less expensive.