After the sticky, 16-hour days that characterize the wine harvest, most winemakers are eager for the quiet of winter in the cellar. Yet despite often losing up to half of their staff as the workload recedes, winter quiet doesn’t mean an end to critical tasks. These sticky harvest days jumpstart of the wine process: thousands of pounds […]
Has your wallet become home to moths only? Holiday over-spending need not force Sober January, or giving up good juice for boxed plonk. Instead of going dry, try the bargain hunter’s secret weapon: Portuguese wines. With over 200 indigenous grape varieties, and more U.S. imports than ever, there’s bottles for everything from prime rib to […]
Given the arcane collection of adjectives used in wine descriptions, it’s not surprising that the wine industry has a reputation for being snobby and pompous. (Bruised stone fruit and dried Meyer Lemon, anyone?) What the wine aristocracy doesn’t want you to know is it only takes a trip through the produce department to begin discovering […]
Canned cling peaches, sour cream, Ac’cent seasoning, and bulk wine aren’t regular players in my kitchen, but I made a few exceptions this week when Morrison Wood’s More Recipes with a Jug of Wine landed in my hands, and subsequently, my kitchen. With a pint glass of Chardonnay in hand, I explored the weighty hardcover, […]
It’s official: the holiday season has arrived, and with it the annual dilemma of what to buy for whom, how much to spend, and the dread associated with asking for gift receipts. From hipsters who adore most things esoteric to score-chasing label hounds, and demure office managers everywhere, we’ve got the perfect bottle for everybody, […]
The first thing I noticed at Seguin-Moreau were the flames. Above the din that made conversation impossible inside the famed cooperage, rockets of orange flame leapt from the open-ended barrels under construction that foggy October day. To a cooper these flames mean toast, and they have everything to do with producing high-quality barrels, and absolutely […]
It’s November, and for most of the U.S., that means fall is in full swing and restauranteurs are ditching butter lettuce and heirloom tomatoes in favor of root vegetables and fall mushrooms. Likewise, mineral-driven whites are (sadly) disappearing from store displays and Beaujolais Nouveau is getting all the hype that once surrounded White Girl Rosé.
Anyone who drinks wine knows how to find it, but the path bottles take from faraway wineries to local bottle shops is often elusive and mysterious. Often, the journey involves a myriad of importers, distributors, sales reps and buyers.
What’s it really like to work in the wine business? Is it all glamorous private tastings, fancy lunches, and lush vineyard tours? In most cases, absolutely not. This week, I caught up with former New York Sommelier Christopher Walsh, who made the jump to wine production in 2014. Today, Walsh works as a cellar hand, the […]