‘Beyond Organic’: The Sonoma Trailblazers Redefining Sustainable Winemaking

‘Beyond Organic’: The Sonoma Trailblazers Redefining Sustainable Winemaking

At first stroll, the Green String Farm at Cline Family Cellars doesn’t seem different from other agricultural plots in Sonoma wine country. Rows of vineyards cover the landscape, a barn rises on the horizon, and chickens cluck happily in the distance. The place looks, feels, and sounds like Sonoma. But then, if you’re lucky, you’ll […]

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How to Get the Most Out of Every Wine Tasting, According to Wine Country Pros

How to Get the Most Out of Every Wine Tasting, According to Wine Country Pros

We’ve all been there. The near-arctic chill of an ornately furnished tasting room washes over you and, breathing a sigh of relief, you belly up to the bar ready to discover a new favorite bottle. But the calm disappears as fast as it arrived — confronted with overwritten tasting menus and overly exuberant staffers, wine […]

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6 Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Books to Put in Your Beach Bag This Summer

6 Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Books to Put in Your Beach Bag This Summer

Summer is here, and with longer days and poolside lounging comes the need for a good book. This is not, however, the time for challengingly cerebral volumes like Jancis Robinson’s  (excellent) ”Wine Grapes.” Nor is it the time for dense histories on the origin of corn whiskey. The best summer reads bring the season’s easy-breezy […]

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10 of the Best Supermarket Wines Under $30 (2018)

10 of the Best Supermarket Wines Under $30 (2018)

As summer approaches, the only thing better than long weekends is having a slew of back-pocket bottles for impromptu getaways — or Tuesday nights on the patio. Fortunately, for those with ample enthusiasm but limited time or budgets, supermarket wine sections have never been better. We’re not just talking about fancy boutique grocers, either.

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These South American Pinot Noirs Have Sonoma-Style Complexity at Half the Price

These South American Pinot Noirs Have Sonoma-Style Complexity at Half the Price

With a global footprint that stretches from Burgundy to New Zealand, Pinot Noir is among the world’s most prized grape varieties. Despite the variety’s notoriously finicky reputation, winemakers are expanding their Pinot Noir plantings, bringing light reds to more tables worldwide. Historically, France, California, and Oregon tended to dominate conversations about Pinot Noir, while South […]

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Napa’s Other Cab Serves Up Understated Power at a Fraction of the Price

Napa’s Other Cab Serves Up Understated Power at a Fraction of the Price

The sky is a murky navy, outlined only by the jagged edges of California’s Mayacama and Vaca Mountains, as I head out to Stagecoach Vineyard on a chilly morning. There’s a surprising amount of traffic on Highway 29 at 5:00 a.m., which means one thing: It’s harvest. On the valley floor lies a sleeping giant […]

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The Rise of Canned Wine, Beer, and Cocktails Is Bigger Than Any Tariff

The Rise of Canned Wine, Beer, and Cocktails Is Bigger Than Any Tariff

Showing up at a party with a six-pack of beer almost always guarantees a warm welcome. That’s not going to change any time soon. What is changing is the world around (and inside) aluminum cans. A post-World-War-II-era convenience, aluminum cans are now being used to hold everything from cocktails to craft beer and even wine. […]

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Think Pink: The 10 Best Rosés for Sangria

Think Pink: The 10 Best Rosés for Sangria

Whether you’ve adopted “rosé all day” as your life’s mantra, or just want to invoke tropical temperatures, rosy-hued sangrias are an excellent spin on the Spanish classic. Because sangria combines intensely flavorful elements, the best rosés for the job have serious body and flavor to match. That means ballet-slipper pink bottles from Provence are out, […]

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Drunk In Love: Four Sommelier-Approved Wedding Wine Hacks, Plus 20 Affordable Bottles

Drunk In Love: Four Sommelier-Approved Wedding Wine Hacks, Plus 20 Affordable Bottles

From look books to cake tastings, planning a wedding ain’t easy. The devil really is in the details — all 20,000 of them. Food and drink is one of the most memorable aspects of the big day, but wading through catering menus in search of drink options that demonstrate your “unique couple style” is daunting. […]

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