Wine

Your Ultimate Guide to Wines From Central and Eastern European Indigenous Grapes

Your Ultimate Guide to Wines From Central and Eastern European Indigenous Grapes

Be honest. When offered the choice between an unknown indigenous varietal wine whose name you’ve never heard spoken aloud, and something more recognizable like, say, a Pinot Noir, how many of us take a walk on the wild side? And how many stick to what we know? (Given the sales and production data, smart money’s […]

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We Asked 9 Somms: Is Natural Wine Overrated?

We Asked 9 Somms: Is Natural Wine Overrated?

It’s hard not to love the idea of natural wine. Fewer chemicals, less intervention, more environmentally friendly — nebulously defined “natural wines” hit a lot of touchstones for modern drinkers, especially sommeliers. Natural wines are usually small-production and usually come with a romantic story of a winemaker who has a deep connection with their biodynamic […]

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Bern’s Steak House, With the Biggest Wine Collection in the World, Is Nostalgic for an America That Never Was

Bern’s Steak House, With the Biggest Wine Collection in the World, Is Nostalgic for an America That Never Was

There is only one window in Bern’s Steak House, and it’s one customers will never see. Replacing natural light is a red wine-colored aura cloaking the carpet, walls, and staircase, giving rows of antique paintings an alluring, ghostly glow. The Tampa restaurant opened in 1956 at the hands of Mr. and Mrs.

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Making the Case for Age-Worthy Sauvignon Blanc. Yes, Sauvignon Blanc.

Making the Case for Age-Worthy Sauvignon Blanc. Yes, Sauvignon Blanc.

Noble grape Sauvignon Blanc is an Old World enigma wrapped in a New Zealand supermarket circular. Grown and exported around the world, it’s become so ubiquitous that one Twitter user likened it to the “chicken Caesar Salad” of restaurant wine lists. With machine harvesting and stainless-steel fermentation, the oft-imitated style is easy to make inexpensively. […]

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