Wine

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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The Bear Who Drank Beer, Smoked Cigarettes, and Became an Unlikely War Hero

The Bear Who Drank Beer, Smoked Cigarettes, and Became an Unlikely War Hero

In 1942, a group of Polish prisoners of war traveling from a Siberian labor camp to Alexandria, Egypt found an unlikely companion in the mountains of modern-day Iran: a brown bear cub. They named the bear Wojtek (pronounced “Voytek”). His story is one of hope, heroism, and beer-fueled perseverance. After leaving a Soviet gulag, the […]

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Where Do Restaurant Insiders Turn for Inspiration? Italian Wines. Here’s Why.

Where Do Restaurant Insiders Turn for Inspiration? Italian Wines. Here’s Why.

Italy, the birthplace of pizza, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance, is exalted for its numerous cultural and historical achievements. Its winemaking heritage spans centuries of traditions, beginning with the Etruscans and Romans, and continuing to this day. Whether it’s a crisp Bianco (white) or a rich Rosso (red), wine is as much a part […]

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Five of the Best American Pinot Noirs Under $45, Tasted and Ranked

Five of the Best American Pinot Noirs Under $45, Tasted and Ranked

Pinot Noir is equal parts awe-inspiring and infuriating. In cooler climates, it produces complex, elegant wines. When temperatures are too hot, however, or grapes don’t receive enough attention in the vineyard and winery, things can quickly turn jammy and overly alcoholic. In America, Pinot Noir is the third most planted wine grape. It can be […]

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Exploring Ancient Alchemy and Remote Terrain to Find France’s Best-Kept Wine Secret

Exploring Ancient Alchemy and Remote Terrain to Find France’s Best-Kept Wine Secret

Four hundred years before Portugal began producing Port, an alchemist in France discovered the method, known as mutage, of creating fortified wines. Yes, in 1284 A.D., a fellow who dabbled in magic in an effort to turn ordinary metals into gold changed the course of wine history. This tinkerer was named Arnaldus de Villanova.

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Wine Harvest 2018 Report: From Hailstorms to a ‘Once In a Lifetime’ Haul

Wine Harvest 2018 Report: From Hailstorms to a ‘Once In a Lifetime’ Haul

Last October, reports of global wine shortages and looming price hikes surfaced after a notably difficult growing season. The production decline affected nearly every region worldwide, though Europe was hit particularly badly, experiencing its worst grape harvest in over 30 years. This year’s harvest is now all but complete in the Northern Hemisphere, and the […]

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Being a Woman Winemaker of Color Means You ‘Have to Work Harder and Smarter Than Everyone Else’

Being a Woman Winemaker of Color Means You ‘Have to Work Harder and Smarter Than Everyone Else’

There’s nothing like family. Especially the family that finds you, fully grown and ready to help you build your dreams. Robin McBride and Andréa McBride John grew up on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean, Robin in Marlborough, New Zealand and Andréa in Monterey, Calif. They each thought they were only children. But in 1999, […]

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