Oenophiles may be buzzing with opinions after the release of Cork Dork, a book following one wine amateur’s year-long quest to uncover the realities of the NYC sommelier community. But author Bianca Bosker also slipped in a bit of restaurant intel. During an evening spent shadowing a sommelier at two-Michelin-starred Marea, Bosker discovered the practice of […]
Rosé season is here again, which means a slew of pink wines will be overwhelming wine displays before long. But not all rosés are created equally, quite literally, actually: There are several different ways to make rosé wine. While the production methods aren’t typically listed on the label, knowing a bit about how rosé is made […]
Imagine being a sailor during the heyday of exploration, colonization, and ship travel: months-long journeys with nothing but open water, a ship full of fellow sailors, and preserved food that left a lot to be desired. It’s not hard to see why booze played a huge role in the lives of seamen.
To get to the most extreme winemaking region in Spain, you’ll have to travel a bit farther south than the country’s mainland – just off the coast of southern Morocco, to be exact. It’s here that the volcanic archipelago of the Canary Islands, or Las Canarias, sprung up over the course of several million years […]
Group occasions can have the greatest rewards. But they are often not without lots of stress beforehand. Whether dining out with a bunch of friends, hosting dinner for 12, or planning the party of the year, there’s one issue that always presents a dilemma: what wine to drink? Invariably, there will be differences of opinion […]
Climate is at the core of quality winemaking, but the concept isn’t quite that simple. There are many factors that determine the climate of a given wine region: latitude, elevation, aspect, sunlight, soil, geographical features, and more. It’s interesting, though, since grapevines themselves must take root on land, that one core geographical feature that lends itself […]
What’s better than wine? Wine with bubbles, of course! The sparkling wine trend is booming. In 2015, Americans consumed over 21 million cases of wine, according to the Wine Institute. For winemakers, this means two things: First of all, there’s a much bigger reward in focusing on producing excellent sparkling wine, since consumers are clamoring […]
Today’s number one hot-button issue may very well be immigration policy. As opinions from both sides abound on a daily basis, at least there’s wine to get us through it all. But the funny thing about our favorite beverage is that immigrants actually play a huge role in American agriculture, an umbrella that covers winemaking and grape growing.
It’s all the rage to become a sommelier. Thanks to the Somm documentaries and a general increase in awareness about wine but also about sommeliers and the Court of Master Sommeliers, there’s now a certain celebrity status, a glamour associated with becoming a sommelier.