Supermarket wine is a reality, like snow tires or the pervasiveness of the term “circle back.” Carefully researched, $50-plus bottles are simply too precious for everyday drinking, whether you’re a Master Sommelier or weeknight shopper hoping to wash down Wednesday’s dinner with something stronger than La Croix. When we’re buying wine in tandem with paper […]
If you haven’t heard of Rivesaltes, Maury, or vins doux naturels, you’re not alone. Despite their rich history, these jewels from the South of France get almost no press — especially compared to other dessert wines like port or sherry. But Rivesaltes deserves a closer look. It has a Grenache base, warm amber color, and flavors perfectly suited […]
Now that the smoke has cleared in the Napa Valley and across the wine regions of California, vintners are back to doing what they do best: making and selling wine. The devastation across the 29-mile strip that comprises the Napa Valley varies, with some regions looking almost unscathed and others razed. Opinions on how exactly […]
Decanting isn’t just for the nobles on ”Downton Abbey” or pricey bottles in fancy restaurants. Like many seemingly precious wine practices (aggressive swirling, audible sniffing), decanting has a practical explanation. The primary reason to decant any wine is aeration. By pouring wine into another vessel, the juice gets exposed to oxygen rapidly.
Put down the Pinot Noir and step away from the corkscrew. There’s a new light red in town, and — I’m going to say it —it’s better. Nerello Mascalese isn’t some sommelier favorite that’s hard to pronounce and impossible to find outside of hipster wine bars. It’s the people’s grape of Mount Etna, Sicily, and […]
With wine tourism on the rise worldwide, there are more opportunities than ever to sip and swirl your vacation days away. A well-planned wine adventure can make you feel like an in-the-know VIP, tasting one-of-a-kind local wines at the best local spots. But in regions like Napa or Burgundy, $100 tasting fees and expensive souvenir bottles […]
It was dim, quiet, and cool in the subterranean cellar, a refreshing change from the blazing sun glinting off the Mosel River outside. We walked slowly through never-ending rows of tanks, our footsteps clicking along gleaming cement floors. Instead of flickering candles, fluorescent beams lit our path. Glistening metal lined the walls, and not an […]
Mysterious underground lairs are perhaps best known for housing bats and crime-fighting operations, but for wine enthusiasts, they offer more than a literal and figurative cool factor. Subterranean storage is far superior to climate-controlled warehouses and specialty refrigerators for caching bottles from harvest to consumption.
One of the perks of working in the booze business is drinking lots of wine, often in the company of the guys and gals who make it. Contrary to popular belief, that’s not always over multi-course feasts or in gorgeous locales. Sometimes it’s on a back porch, in a dive bar, or over steaming coffee […]