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Tasting The Unexpected: Why Wine Professionals Can’t Get Enough of Chilean Wine

Tasting The Unexpected: Why Wine Professionals Can’t Get Enough of Chilean Wine

Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Tuscany. These are undoubtedly the world’s best-known wine-growing regions. But look beyond the clichéd mainstays and you’ll see that one of the most exciting, diverse, and rapidly expanding grape-growing epicenters is actually below the equator. Way below. For years, Chile has provided the world with a wealth of Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlots, […]

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The World’s Top 10 Wine Destinations for 2018

The World’s Top 10 Wine Destinations for 2018

It’s 2018, which means there’s a 12-month-long blank slate in front of you. Why not make this your year of wine travel? Nothing beats the experience of visiting a wine region in person. Winding through vineyards, meeting winemakers face-to-face, and sipping a wine on the grounds where it was grown provides a deeper understanding of […]

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Winemakers Need to Think Big Instead of Chasing Trends in the Cellar

Winemakers Need to Think Big Instead of Chasing Trends in the Cellar

Ten years ago, if you traveled to any wine region and visited its cellars, you’d likely find a barrel hall stacked high with small oak barrels. Not anymore. Now you’ll find these small oak barrels, called barriques, alongside a variety of others. Even the most traditional cellars might also have a concrete egg or two, […]

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Eight Trends to Watch in 2018

Eight Trends to Watch in 2018

With 2017 tilting toward our collective rearview mirror, we’re reflecting on the previous year. It’s been an extremely exciting time for the beer, wine, and spirits world, from a seemingly endless stream of craft beer acquisitions to the meteoric climbs of natural wine and amaro. We can’t wait to see what keeps glasses filled and […]

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Pét-Nat Is an Overnight Success 500 Years in the Making

Pét-Nat Is an Overnight Success 500 Years in the Making

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 […]

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wine Is a Gimmick Born Out of Necessity

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wine Is a Gimmick Born Out of Necessity

While natural and minimalist winemaking may get a lot of buzz, another trend is taking over American wine shops, liquor stores, and grocery shelves. Bourbon barrel-aged wine has boomed since its introduction in 2014. Recently, California-based wineries such as Robert Mondavi, Fetzer Vineyards, and Apothic Wines have joined the trend. For decades, distillers have aged […]

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The Taste Trends Powering Natural Wine’s Perfect Storm

The Taste Trends Powering Natural Wine’s Perfect Storm

Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber’s table was swamped with admirers. The couple behind Vermont-based La Garagista Farm and Winery were among some 150 natural winemakers showing off their latest releases at the 2017 RAW WINE Fair in Brooklyn last month. Staff poured tastes of La Garagista’s Ci Confonde Petillent Natural White 2016.

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Young Somms Are Creating Wine Clubs for People Who Actually Care About Wine

Young Somms Are Creating Wine Clubs for People Who Actually Care About Wine

Two major technological innovations hit American consumers in 1972. Pocket calculators debuted (average price: $100 and up), decades before smartphones would render them useless. Subscription-based monthly wine clubs also launched, providing generations of fallback gifts for that weird uncle nobody really knows, and the wellspring of California Cab your dad sips while watching reruns of M*A*S*H […]

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