There were lots of developments in the world of beverage this year, from the threat of tariffs on wines from France and bourbon from Kentucky to the continued impact of climate change, the rise of spiked seltzer, and beverage companies like Constellation investing heavily in cannabis. But the most shocking was the Master Sommelier cheating […]
Miami will sink. The economy will crash. And — perhaps worst of all — the breadth of our wine selection may suffer. We’ve all heard the scary headlines when it comes to the destructive power of climate change.
I’m drinking Hennessy Paradis Imperial at the Hennessy headquarters in New York City and it’s luminous. Light yet structured, strong yet elegant, the Cognac is a blend of liquids up to 130 years old (it takes around nine bottles of wine to make one bottle of cognac). The problem is, there will never be another Cognac like the […]
English Sparkling Wine is having a moment. What was once Champagne’s invitation-only pool party, attended exclusively by the world’s most finely honed palates, is now being invaded by cannonballing English sparkling wine producers. This is thanks to a number of fortuitous elements coming together to create a right-time, right-place kind of scenario. First of all, […]
President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he will start the process of taking the United States out of the Paris climate accord. It will take up to four years to break off from the agreement, but once that happens, the United States will join Nicaragua and Syria as the only major countries not involved […]
Certain optimistic political types and their yes-men in Congress may deny the notion that our climate and ecosystem have become unstable and increasingly vulnerable. But for the rest of us, it’s no secret that climate change is real. (Just scroll through Bernie Sanders’ Twitter account.) Of course, with any issue there are going to be […]
Grapevines have a reputation as delicate, gossamer butterfly plants that struggle to survive with each gentle shift in the breeze, but really … they’re the cockroaches of the plant kingdom. That essential hardiness has never been more convenient, as extreme weather challenges even the most talented and resourceful farmers of every stripe in parched, frozen, […]
Other winemakers respect him. Wine drinkers of all levels know his brands. Journalists love him. But winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard doesn’t need any of it. After more than 40 years in the industry, Graham has maintained his reputation for breaking the mold. He talks like a philosopher with the soul of a scientist, […]