Wine

The Complete Guide to the Three Great Reds of Italy: INFOGRAPHIC

The Complete Guide to the Three Great Reds of Italy: INFOGRAPHIC

Italy has more than 1,300 estimated grape varieties, but three red grapes are more noble than all others: Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Aglianico, as they are generally believed to be the three best native red grapes in the entire country. Now, you may know these by their appellation names, such as Barolo for Nebbiolo or Chianti […]

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Get To Know McManis Family Vineyards With These 5 Facts

Get To Know McManis Family Vineyards With These 5 Facts

You’ve befriended your butcher, chatted Camembert and chèvre with your cheesemonger, and are on a first-name basis with your fishmonger. Now it’s time to get to know your winemaker. Specifically: McManis Family Vineyards, a team of fourth- and fifth-generation farmers who’ve been working the northern interior lands of California since 1938.

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Inside Five of Bordeaux’s Most Coveted Left-Bank Châteaux

Inside Five of Bordeaux’s Most Coveted Left-Bank Châteaux

In June 2018, Bordeaux celebrated the 20th anniversary of Bordeaux Fête le Vin, the biggest wine tourism event in Europe. Nearly 62,000 people turned out for the five-day event. It’s no secret that Bordeaux is one of the world’s premier winemaking regions and in recent years, a top tourism destination — nearly 6 million people visit […]

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Three Secrets to Finding Wine Bargains, from O.G. Négociants to Bespoke Curators

Three Secrets to Finding Wine Bargains, from O.G. Négociants to Bespoke Curators

Who among us hasn’t stocked our pantries with self-proclaimed “value packs” of flimsy, discounted toilet paper? Or bought expiring-soon-but-totally-on-sale bulk vitamins? We Americans are always thirsty for a bargain. And according to analysts, affordable wine is our white whale. “The holy grail for American wine drinkers is a cheap wine that tastes expensive,” Daniel Levine, […]

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A New York Winery Is Making Revolutionary Rosé With an Ancient Pedigree

A New York Winery Is Making Revolutionary Rosé With an Ancient Pedigree

Winemaker Jess Johnson spent her summer the way most of us do: with glass after glass of chilled rosé. But her chosen bottle, a 2017 vintage from the Finger Lakes’ Standing Stone Vineyards, is not just any pale, Provencal approximation. It’s crafted of 100 percent Saperavi, an ancient grape from the Republic of Georgia. Saperavi […]

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All the Ways Wood Affects Your Wine, Explained

All the Ways Wood Affects Your Wine, Explained

Oak is winemakers’ salt. Used correctly, it can increase the intensity and complexity of wine, add attractive flavors, and elongate the finish. When it comes to “seasoning” wine with oak, winemakers have several options — and very different intentions. In white wines, oak can impart notes of vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel; in reds, oak adds […]

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