Woman on wine is award winning writer Amy Reiley’s monthly wine column. What should you be drinking right now? You can always find the answer in Woman on Wine!

Permission to Drink Bargain Wine—value wines the pros drink

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In my work as a wine writer, I’ve discovered that what most people are looking for in wine reviews isn’t florid descriptions of famous, impossible to find or at least, impossible to afford bottlings. What most people seek is permission to drink bargain wine and suggestions of bargains they’ll want to discover. Now, when I use the word “bargain,” I’m not talking about “cheap” wines—although I’ll gladly give you permission to drink any cheap wine you enjoy! Bargain wines are wines that represent great value for money. Read more

Wines for Summer—crisp white wines that will quench your thirst

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You know what I want to drink in summer? Something cool, refreshing, possibly fizzy, that makes me want to say, “Ahhh.” I want it to leave no lasting impression. I don’t want to feel its weight on my tongue or enjoy lingering notes of toast and vanilla. America and other parts of the New World tend to make whites in styles I’d call my “winter whites.” (And yes, I drink white after Labor Day.) They’re lovely and luscious, often oily or creamy and many linger long. That’s not what I want. Read more

Naked Wines: a wine club experience with a twist

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As a wine writer, I’ve never felt the need to join a winery’s wine club or one of the many wine-of-the-month sort of deals cropping up on the internet at a staggering rate. I generally find my wines for articles from professional wine tastings, visits to wineries, digging around in the dusty back aisles of wine shops or from samples sent directly from the winery. But an advertisement for one wine club, Naked Wines, caught my eye; it even got me to click a link. And what I discovered is a bit of a wine industry game changer. Read more

Dedicated to the Champagne Lovers–5 wines you’ll want to try

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Like just about ever other wine writer, I tend to save my stories on Champagne for the holiday season. Unfortunately, that only helps to perpetuate the idea that Champagne is a celebration-only wine. Sure, it’s effervescence seems to put everyone in a party mood, but that shouldn’t mean that you limit your Champagne intake only to birthdays, weddings and New Year’s Eve! Read more

Affordable Wines for Romantic Occasions

Woman on Wine--affordable wines for romance

Woman on Wine

with Amy Reiley

An inexpensive wine CAN be a perfect choice for a romantic celebration, here’s why:

A few weeks ago, the marketing team for Noble Vines approached me. They pitched me on the notion that affordable wines are a viable choice for a romantic evening, be it Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or whatever day you’re celebrating. I thought about it for a while and realized they have a solid argument. I mean, we always point to “special occasion” wines for making romance. But it is absolutely true that inexpensive wines can fit the bill just as nicely, depending on the circumstance. Read more