Wines from a charmed life

WAG wine columnist Doug Paulding has sipped with the industry’s movers and shakers. But he writes, “I got downright giddy when I was invited to a one-on-one tasting in Manhattan with Paul Hobbs of Paul Hobbs Winery and Hillick & Hobbs.”

The rebirth of Carménère

Wines from Austria, South Africa, the Pacific Northwest or Portugal can often be more attractively priced than wines from Napa, California, France, Italy and Spain. Similarly, wines made from the Blaufränkisch, Barbera, Assyrtiko and Picpoul grapes often will stretch your dollars compared to the noble and well-known grapes. 

The new ‘Liquid Chefs’

A new breed of mixologists is veering from traditional drink recipes to create its own cocktails – just as its counterparts do in the kitchen. Our wine and spirits columnist Doug Paulding calls these experimenters the “Liquid Chefs.”

Drinking my way to a new book

It’s a tough job but someone had to sample lots of clear and brown liquors for a new “Spirits Tasting Journal” (Peter Pauper Press). Fortunately, WAG’s Wine & Dine columnist Doug Paulding was up to the task and now out with the new book.