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 […]
Though it’s nice to imagine, there has never been a Johnny Appleseed of wine. In fact, the process of transporting European grape varieties to the U.S. was a much more clandestine affair, with early (and not-so-early) vines smuggled onto American shores in the depth of suitcases, surrounded by t-shirts and underwear.
Vinmonopolet might sound like some sort of refined, wine-related Monopoly game you play while wearing a monocle, but it’s actually the name of the government-controlled sale of alcohol in Norway (“wine monopoly,” they’re not resorting to euphemisms here). As it turns out, all Nordic countries—save Denmark—restrict alcohol sales with some combination of state control and/or […]
There’s been a lot of buzz about pot and wine recently. It’s hard to separate the toga party contingent’s thirst for a potion into which two psychoactive substances have been crammed, from the more sober, scholarly consideration of the 3,700+ year history of fortifying wine with cannabis. And the allegedly potent healing powers of cannabis-wine […]
I arrived in Lisbon on a cloudless August afternoon, and the warm Iberian sun created that magical type of day where everyone is nice and anything seems possible. With a 50-pound pack on my back and hope in my heart, I anticipated what I was certain would be the adventure of a lifetime. This is the […]
It may be a cliché, but it’s true: the medium is the message. But what about when it comes to food and, more specifically, wine? Do the labels on bottles drive consumers to certain wines over others? New businesses that pair graphic designers with winemakers seem to be betting on the idea that good labels […]
It seems obvious that wildfires in a vineyard would be detrimental to the grape yield, but what about smoke from nearby fires? Winemakers in Napa are concerned with how smoke from the huge Rocky fire in neighboring Lake County will affect their grapes. ”It’s a really big concern for a lot of these vineyards who […]