American wine culture is pretty happening right now, and restaurateurs around the country have picked up on it. That means that we’re increasingly seeing new cafés, restaurants, and wine bars all opening their doors with the promise of having the most interesting drinking options. But do they?
The first sign that something was different was the securitized door. I’ve been to a lot of wineries, and none of them have security guards and doors requiring a key to open. Next, the lab coats: they were bright green, and long, with buttons and pockets. These coats were required apparel for entering the winery, which would […]
Anyone who drinks wine knows how to find it, but the path bottles take from faraway wineries to local bottle shops is often elusive and mysterious. Often, the journey involves a myriad of importers, distributors, sales reps and buyers.
The Jura, located between Burgundy and Switzerland, has come to represent France’s last enclave of untarnished, unadulterated, old-fashioned farming in the minds of modern-day drinkers here in the U.S.
What’s it really like to work in the wine business? Is it all glamorous private tastings, fancy lunches, and lush vineyard tours? In most cases, absolutely not. This week, I caught up with former New York Sommelier Christopher Walsh, who made the jump to wine production in 2014. Today, Walsh works as a cellar hand, the […]
Wine’s romantic journey from the vine to the table is part of what inspires people to pursue a career in sommellerie. But it’s all too easy to over-idealize the subject of wine and over-simplify the steps involved in making it without having engaged in the production side of the business at least once.
In 2013, the team at Oregon-based wine producer Union Wine Co. was looking to rebrand themselves. Having launched nearly a decade earlier, they felt they needed a new product to bring to market that would be attractive to consumers while still embodying their philosophy of making great craft wine without pretense. Several glasses of wine […]
The following is an excerpt from Frances Dinkelspiel’s Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California. One of the largest cases of wine fraud in the United States happened in 1987, and Steven Lapham, who would prosecute Mark Anderson twenty years later, was the assistant U.S. attorney spearheading the case.
Avenue C in Manhattan’s East Village isn’t the first place one might expect to find the first-ever all tap wine bar in New York City. Yet situated directly in the middle of the block between Sixth and Seventh Streets sits Lois, a quaint, inviting wine bar that serves all its wine from kegs.
Joe Coughlin’s day starts quietly, as the sun rises and lights the vine-covered hillsides that define much of Northern California’s landscape. These are the only quiet moments he’ll likely have until October as the Assistant Winemaker at Amador County’s Sobon Estate Family Winery, where winemaking is a small part of the duties he performs during […]