There is no Michelin-starred restaurant or sommelier dressed in stiff white garb when you arrive at Istenič winery in Bizeljsko, Slovenia. The modest building near the Croatian border is surrounded by hillocks with terraced vineyards, and looks nothing like the ritzy wineries you might see in Australia’s Yarra Valley or the Cape Winelands in South […]
As summer approaches, the only thing better than long weekends is having a slew of back-pocket bottles for impromptu getaways — or Tuesday nights on the patio. Fortunately, for those with ample enthusiasm but limited time or budgets, supermarket wine sections have never been better. We’re not just talking about fancy boutique grocers, either.
If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Prosecco is a raucous, Mimosa-filled brunch, you aren’t alone. For many Americans, value is the name of the game in the large Prosecco category, where many bottles cost $10 to $15 and can be found at the average liquor shop or grocery store.
A strip mall in Parker, Colorado — a quiet suburb of Denver — is about the last place you’d expect to find award-winning wines made with centuries-old technique. But that’s just what’s going on at Purgatory Cellars. Purgatory’s Marko and Ivanka Copic immigrated to the U.S. from Croatia in 2013, settling in Parker to be […]
I’ve been a fan of Schramsberg and its sparkling wines for the 15 years or so I’ve been reviewing wine, and my recent tasting of the famed California winery’s Mirabelle Brut Rosé reminded me of why. I can’t think of another American sparkling wine house that delivers with the same quality and consistency.
There has never been a better time to get into bubbles. Sommeliers almost universally love Champagne, and, across America, our collective thirst for Prosecco is growing at record speed. Sales of Prosecco are expected to surpass both rosé wine and “discounted Champagne” by 2020, according to Vinexpo CEO Guillaume Deglise. This presents a compelling case […]
There’s a myth in the American wine world that needs to be put to bed. The idea is that pairing wine with vegetarian food is nearly impossible, especially when it comes to flavorful veggies like asparagus and artichokes. Not so, says Lauren Friel, wine director of Dirt Candy in New York City. In fact, pairing […]
Toward the end of the 2017 harvest, Finger Lakes winemaker Kris Matthewson posted on his Facebook page, “Do I have to make pét-nat?” Friends and industry acquaintances were quick to comment with responses ranging from emphatic “nos,” to wistful remarks about past releases, to quips about what hipster oddity the Bellwether Wines winemaker could produce […]
As thousands of corks fly from Champagne bottles this season, you may grow weary of sipping sparkling beverages night after night. Nobody wants to rain on Champagne’s parade, but is it too much to ask to drink a standard, still glass of wine? It may seem crazy, but in fact, it is possible to drink […]