Issue 29

Posts From John Fischer

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John Fischer

John Fischer

Dr. John Fischer is a member and two-time president of the Omaha Branch of the International Wine & Food Society, past director of the Nebraska chapter of LADV, and the founding member of the Council Bluffs Branch of the International Wine & Food Society. He teaches a course on matching wine with food at the Institute for the Culinary Arts in Omaha and is the author of the books, “The Evaluation of Wine – A Comprehensive Guide to the Art of Wine Tasting” and “Wine and Food – 101.”

Chardonnay: Matching its many styles with food

Chardonnay is the most planted wine grape in the United States. Although it is somewhat of a trendy wine, there is little doubt about its popularity: Chardonnay is the most loved wine in America. Why? It’s hard to say, as

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Seasonal Wines & Outdoor Cooking

There is nothing better than sipping a cool refreshing glass of German Riesling while lounging about on a hot summer day. Indeed, light bodied white wines are the beverages of choice on such occasions. The gentle sweetness and clean, fresh

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Great Wine with Great Meals

The holidays are a time for tradition; however, let’s try jumping out of the box and explore some new and different wine-food matches. We will look at wine parings for three time-honored holiday meals: traditional turkey dinner, baked glazed ham

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Wines from Abroad: Exciting New Zealand Wines

It wasn’t until the 1970s that winemakers in New Zealand paid serious attention to viniculture and the art of making quality wines. But by the 1980s, New Zealand wines gained world prominence. The vineyards from the Marlborough region began producing

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Oak Aging and its Effect on Wine

Aging a wine in oak barrels can complement and contribute to the character of a wine. Oak enriches a wine and makes it smoother, richer, and sweeter. If used judiciously, it adds to the complexity of wine and imparts a

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Red Wine And The Healthly Lifestyle

The salutary benefits obtained by drinking red wine come from two different mechanisms. One is from alcohol; the other is from health-giving compounds, called polyphenols. Polyphenols are found in the pigments of fruits and vegetables and are found in concentrated

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In Like Zin

Zinfandel is a Vinifera grape that is grown almost exclusively in California. The major other producer is from Italy where the wine is called Primitivo, a good wine, but most consider the varietal from California superior. Other vintners are also

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the celebrated grape varietal that produces the spectacular red Burgundy wines from the Côte D’Or region of France. At their best, Burgundy wines are peerless. They have great breeding, incredible finesse, and their soft, elegant and sophisticated

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Sauvignon Blanc – Better than Chardonnay in Wine Food Pairings?

Sauvignon Blanc has long been regarded as a second class wine, being continually outflanked by Chardonnay – a situation that remains to this day. However, Sauvignon Blanc has in recent times experienced an increase in popularity. It is crisp, refreshing,

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The Characteristics of a Great Wine

After tasting a great bottle of wine, have you ever asked yourself why you liked it? Most people willy-nilly take in the hedonistic pleasures that the wine evokes without any analysis. The purpose of this article is to outline the

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