Somms Share Five Tips for Finding Great Supermarket Wine

Somms Share Five Tips for Finding Great Supermarket Wine

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 […]

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This French Wine You’ve Never Heard of Is Perfect for the Holidays

This French Wine You’ve Never Heard of Is Perfect for the Holidays

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 […]

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After the Wildfires, Low-Key Coombsville Offers a Different Napa Valley

After the Wildfires, Low-Key Coombsville Offers a Different Napa Valley

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 […]

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Understanding the Ritual of Decanting

Understanding the Ritual of Decanting

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.

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This Versatile Italian Red Is Sicily’s Answer to Pinot Noir

This Versatile Italian Red Is Sicily’s Answer to Pinot Noir

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 […]

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The Secrets to a Wine Tasting Trip That Won’t Break the Bank

The Secrets to a Wine Tasting Trip That Won’t Break the Bank

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 […]

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For Some Wine Growers to Stay Small, Scaling Up Production Is the Only Option

For Some Wine Growers to Stay Small, Scaling Up Production Is the Only Option

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 […]

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Every Wine Lover Should Have a Wine Cave

Every Wine Lover Should Have a Wine Cave

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.

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