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Seven of the Best California Sparkling Wines, Tasted and Ranked

Seven of the Best California Sparkling Wines, Tasted and Ranked

The holiday season is fast approaching. If there’s one guarantee (besides heated dinner table “discussions,” and great Aunt Cheryl enjoying one sherry too many), it’s the need for a celebratory beverage. According to Nielsen data, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are the biggest holidays for wine consumption in the U.S. In 2016, the two-week period […]

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Raise a Whole Glass for Charity at the Reboule du Rhône

Raise a Whole Glass for Charity at the Reboule du Rhône

New York City has no shortage of bespoke wine tastings. Charity events aren’t rare, either. But the second annual Reboule du Rhône, November 15-18, 2018, is the best of both worlds. Patrons can enjoy exciting wines from some of the region’s most renowned winemakers, and, because all proceeds go to No Kid Hungry, they can […]

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How to Barrel Taste Wine

How to Barrel Taste Wine

You’ve done the wine tours and counter tastings, but, until you’ve barrel tasted, you haven’t really lived. Normally, a consumer’s first taste of any given wine is the finished product. Barrel tasting gives you not only a sneak peek into what’s to come, but also a unique chance to meet the winemaker, lock in futures, […]

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How to Get the Most Out of Every Wine Tasting, According to Wine Country Pros

How to Get the Most Out of Every Wine Tasting, According to Wine Country Pros

We’ve all been there. The near-arctic chill of an ornately furnished tasting room washes over you and, breathing a sigh of relief, you belly up to the bar ready to discover a new favorite bottle. But the calm disappears as fast as it arrived — confronted with overwritten tasting menus and overly exuberant staffers, wine […]

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An Unscientific Experiment to Get to the Truth of Minerality in Wine

An Unscientific Experiment to Get to the Truth of Minerality in Wine

Like many in the hospitality industry, German sommelier Martin Riese aims to ensure each and every one of his guests experiences ideal pairings during their meal. Only Riese is just as concerned with pairing water as he is with wine. “In a restaurant, food is like your leading actor,” the 41-year-old sommelier says. Just as […]

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The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2018

The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2018

With skyrocketing sales and tireless marketing, rosé is a 21st-century American success story. Previous generations of star-spangled wine consumers dismissed it as too French, too gendered, or too reminiscent of black-sheep White Zinfandel. Of course that’s all grainy, black-and-white history now. In our rosy-hued present, pink wines have come to symbolize “all that is good about […]

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One Magic Vintage Is Producing Exceptional, Affordable Bordeaux

One Magic Vintage Is Producing Exceptional, Affordable Bordeaux

At the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux, a series of tastings held earlier this year, the 2015 Bordeaux vintage inspired strong reactions. Bursting with ripe fruit and structure, these wines are regarded as the region’s best since 2009 and 2010. Or, to put it less delicately, people are freaking out about the 2015 Bordeaux. […]

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