Mulled wine is the perfect excuse to drink wine from coffee mugs. Not only does vin chaud warm bitter hearts and cold fingers as frosts arrive, but its coffee-like steam makes it an acceptable day time libation as well. In fact, the steaming red beverage has actually been the excuse for drinking from atypical vessels […]
Biodynamics has a large tribe of devout followers, and an equally large band of skeptics. Believers bury horns of manure in their vineyards (or feed their babies bizarre milk blends) while most of the world roll their eyes. Since its inception in the 1920s, the moon-centric science preached by Austrian Rudolph Steiner has been divisive at best.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked under the metal grate and into Donkey and Goat Winery in Berkeley to help “disgorge” their Lily’s Cuvée Pet-Nat. All I knew was that the job required an apron.
At times, even New Yorkers have to settle for grocery store gourmet when it comes to pizza. Few brands are as ubiquitous as Nestle’s DiGiorno. It might not be delivery, but it definitely deserves a side of booze. From the confusing (and salty) Pizza Bianchi to Three (Mystery) Meats and 4-Cheese wonder slices, we’ve got […]
Joe Coughlin’s day starts quietly, as the sun rises and lights the vine-covered hillsides that define much of Northern California’s landscape. These are the only quiet moments he’ll likely have until October as the Assistant Winemaker at Amador County’s Sobon Estate Family Winery, where winemaking is a small part of the duties he performs during […]
Though it’s nice to imagine, there has never been a Johnny Appleseed of wine. In fact, the process of transporting European grape varieties to the U.S. was a much more clandestine affair, with early (and not-so-early) vines smuggled onto American shores in the depth of suitcases, surrounded by t-shirts and underwear.
I arrived in Lisbon on a cloudless August afternoon, and the warm Iberian sun created that magical type of day where everyone is nice and anything seems possible. With a 50-pound pack on my back and hope in my heart, I anticipated what I was certain would be the adventure of a lifetime. This is the […]
Today, an ever-expanding mass of conscientious consumers supports a renaissance of artisan food and beverage makers. At the same time, a religious devotion to science and expectation of uniformity in consumer goods continues to make small scale production nearly futile. At the core of this tension is Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, otherwise known as Baker’s or Brewer’s […]
Move over, Champagne. Your days as the only go-to wine for seafood and fried goodies are over. Picpoul, the oft-forgotten ‘people’s grape’ of Southern France (it’s grown primarily in the Rhone Valley and Langedoc regions), is here to accompany everything from Island Creek oysters on the half shell to the famous deep-fried Fisherman’s Plates of […]