The universe is too full of stars," Benjamin Franklin reportedly once said. We may not be astrologers, but with wine sales soaring right now, there's never been a better time to indulge in a moment of discovery. Whether you're looking for the best bottles to stock your cellar with for aging, or craving a new taste to expand your horizons with immediately, we consulted master sommeliers and wine experts to help you discover a few of the best red wines—from innovative New World vintages to European classics—to savor both now and later. It's a powerful wine but doesn't beat you over the head with the density or ripeness of fruit.
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Paula Kornell spent her life surrounded by wine. She grew up playing at her family winery, Hanns Kornell Champagne Cellars, which was founded by her father in when he purchased the former Larkmead Vineyard near St. Helena, Calif. But the boutique winery couldn't compete with larger wineries, often financed by French Champagne houses, that started producing larger-volume bottlings with smaller price tags in California in the s. He filed for bankruptcy and banks foreclosed on the winery in Paula moved on to a successful career in sales and marketing for wineries in Napa and Sonoma, and then started her own consulting business, helping winery owners navigate the business aspects of wine. Kornell started her namesake brand with the vintage, carrying on her family legacy, including the "men of Canaan" symbol that graces her wine labels, as they did her father's.
Here Are The Major Types Of Red Wine
Somewhere between the boxed wine of your college days and fancy bottles packed away in neat gift bags lies canned wine. The increasingly trendy boozy bev is easy to carry, usually low-budget, and makes for the perfect party contribution. Each can amounts to one full glass of wine and has a 6. The champagne you definitely stocked up on during college is now available in a can.
Remember that scene on The Office when Michael Scott takes a sip of red wine at a dinner party and says, "Mmm, that has sort of an oaky afterbirth? With varietals and vineyards and vintages, tannins and terroir, it takes a whole lot of knowledge to sound sophisticated. A great place to start is just identifying which wines you like. If you enjoy a glass of red but need some assistance figuring out which is which, here are a few of the major types you'll see over and over again. Find out how they taste, and which foods you should taste them with—so you'll sound just a little bit less like Michael at your next dinner.