Wine

After the Wildfires, Low-Key Coombsville Offers a Different Napa Valley

After the Wildfires, Low-Key Coombsville Offers a Different Napa Valley

Now that the smoke has cleared in the Napa Valley and across the wine regions of California, vintners are back to doing what they do best: making and selling wine. The devastation across the 29-mile strip that comprises the Napa Valley varies, with some regions looking almost unscathed and others razed. Opinions on how exactly […]

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Take 3: Meet the Loire Valley Through the Eyes of Those Who Make, Sell, and Serve It

Take 3: Meet the Loire Valley Through the Eyes of Those Who Make, Sell, and Serve It

France’s wide-ranging wines are celebrated across the globe for their timeless elegance and unparalleled sophistication. Yet within this already elevated landscape, some regions are even more heralded than others. Consider the Loire Valley, an illustrious string of appellations with viticultural traditions spanning multiple millennia. As its namesake river flows west across the center of the […]

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A New Festival Celebrates Northern Rhone Wines — And It’s About Time

A New Festival Celebrates Northern Rhone Wines — And It’s About Time

The best ideas are formed over a few glasses of wine. Ask Dustin Wilson and Thomas Pastuszak, friends since each held wine director positions at NYC’s Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad restaurants, respectively. During a recent visit to the northern Rhône, Dustin and Thomas were sipping on Syrah when they came upon the […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Sauvignon Blanc From Sancerre

An Illustrated Guide to Sauvignon Blanc From Sancerre

Sancerre is an example of what the right grape in the right terroir can produce. Sauvignon Blanc thrives in Sancerre’s cool continental climate and varied soil types of limestone, chalk, and flint, producing fresh wines with high acidity, crisp, lean fruit and definite minerality. Come discover one of the Loire Valley’s most beautiful gems with […]

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Wine Critics Matter Because Some Opinions Are Better Than Others

Wine Critics Matter Because Some Opinions Are Better Than Others

A while back I was chatting with a few colleagues about the business of wine criticism. I suggested that certain critics seem to have preferences that come across in their assessments. I picked out one in particular and suggested, rather bravely, that I didn’t think their ratings of certain wines were very reliable, and that […]

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