Whether your drink of choice is vodka, Pinot Noir, or cider, you’ve probably noticed a change at bars and retailers lately: The selection is exploding. From craft beers to artisanal scotches and wines of every imaginable provenance, the American alcohol market is just plain booming, and it’s not slowing down. Political divides aside, drinkers and […]
Running a vineyard is like selling real estate: location is everything. That’s not news if you’re an adventurous wine drinker and have discovered that wines from snowy hilltops in Germany taste different from those from sunny California. But ”location” isn’t always simple. In the best and worst climates, from the frozen Finger Lakes to Grecian […]
Despite what Instagram and Twitter trends might have you think, the holidays aren’t the only time for magnums of Champagne or three-liter bottles of Pinot Noir. While the holidays provide an easy excuse for buying wine in excessively large bottles, so do Tuesdays, book clubs, and dinners all year long.
Two Buck Chuck doesn’t exactly have a reputation for aging. While arguably the most well-known wine in America, Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw wine is more often the target of lampoons than accolades among the wine-drinking set. To be honest, I think they overdo it. The fact is, millions of drinkers enjoy Charles Shaw wines, and for that […]
Unlike much of what goes on in today’s wine industry, blends weren’t the result of a fad, a catchy PR campaign, a TV show, or a Top 40 song. The tradition of blending dates back millennia, to times when mixed vineyards served as an insurance policy against Mother Nature’s wrath, and a reliable harvest trumped […]
If you’ve ever wondered what the hell makes one wine cost $600, welcome to the club! Sometimes, the price tag on expensive wine comes down to technology, or at least is justified by new and expensive tech. Some super-premium wine brands that charge upwards of $200 invest heavily in winery gadgets that take the guesswork out of […]
Unless you drink boxed wine to the exclusion of all others, cork has played a role in your wine journey. Whether getting the reputation as a “world-class cork breaker” sent you running for screw caps, or hearing the delightful “pop!” transformed you into a wine enthusiast, your wine memories involve at least a little cork. But cork is more than the recalcitrant barrier between […]
The bubbly star of rap songs and sweet alternative to vodka shots for woo girls, Moscato d’Asti might seem like a simple wine. But contrary to what pop culture would have us believe, this Italian white is more complex than it seems — both tasting it and making it. To start, not all Moscato is created equal. Moscato is […]
With grapes solidly post-fermentation across the Northern Hemisphere, winemakers are finally beginning to give thanks for a little free time in their schedules. Now that the buzz of machinery has stopped, winemakers slip into the season filled with winemaking minutia which, while not as exciting as harvest, is crucial to producing good, drinkable wine.