Articles by Shelby Vittek
Dec. 7, 2012
Worldly terroirs vary by taste, aroma
Chardonnay was the first wine I fell in love with. It was simple, just fruity enough, easy to drink and didn’t leave a stain if I accidentally spilled it on my clothes while I worked on sophisticating my swirling techniques. I loved it so much that I decided to branch out and explore a larger variety of chardonnay wines from different producers.
Aug. 31, 2012
Portuguese wines combine elegance and affordability
Usually I’m not savvy, trend-seeking, or on the hunt for the next big thing. But when it comes to wine, I’m always on the lookout, and I’ve found something exciting: Portuguese red wines.
Aug. 17, 2012
When it comes to wine, mother always knows best
What does a 51-year-old woman have in common with her 21-year-old daughter? More than you’d think. At least when it comes to wine.
Aug. 3, 2012
Underappreciated torrontes wine pushes boundaries
Many newcomers to wine aren’t incredibly aware of the wines of Argentina. If you do happen to know anything about them at all, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the nation’s most recognized grape, malbec.
Jul. 20, 2012
Replace cocktails with winetails
If drinks were like college, then wine would be the Ivy League school. Drinking it is more impressive than conquering a 15-second keg stand at a state school, and because it comes from countries all over the world, wine is far more cultured than anything else you can purchase in a liquor store.
Jul. 6, 2012
Riesling wine ranges from sweet to dry, pleasing all
What can you tell me about riesling?
Jun. 8, 2012
Sparkling wine perfect for graduation celebration
With commencement ceremonies upon us, graduating seniors are looking for ways to celebrate their accomplishments. Sure it can seem a bit cliche, but sparkling wines will inevitably be consumed in abundance at all of these events. They’re actually rather perfect for a party — everybody loves a wine that sparkles, and not even your grandmother will judge you for never having an empty glass of it.
Jun. 1, 2012
Sherry, the underdog of wines has a unique taste
Every time I go to my favorite BYOB Japanese restaurant I’m surprised by how afraid people are to drink wine with their sushi and opt for beer instead. I understand, though, as pairing wine and sushi can be very difficult to do. You’ve got a hodgepodge of flavors to work with — a mix of raw fish, vinegar in the rice, saltiness from soy sauce, and a fierce wasabi kick — all of which don’t necessarily work well with every wine.
May. 4, 2012
The quest for high quality, affordable wine is over
Let’s be honest: As much as everybody wants one, it’s seemingly impossible to find a great red wine for under $10. You figure trying a new one can’t hurt, but then you get home and strike out with something that tastes like moldy raspberries sprinkled with topsoil – another eight bucks down the drain.
Apr. 20, 2012
Vinho Verde quenches thirst
Even wine lovers like myself can truly appreciate the revitalizing qualities of a cool, crisp beer every now and then. I used to look forward to coming home to a six-pack in the fridge after a long and grueling day. But about a year ago, I discovered a wine far more refreshing than any chilled beer.