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 […]
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.
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 […]
“Grapes have never been grown before where we are,” Curt Dunham, winemaker at LDV Winery, a 40-acre estate in Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains, says. “So we really didn’t know how things were going to turn out.” Dunham is one of many new winemakers trying their hands at winemaking in dry, sunny Arizona.
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, […]
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 […]
Fall harvest is a busy time in the vineyard, as winemakers rush to get the fruit off the vine at just the right moment, when the grapes are at optimal ripeness and before wet weather arrives. But nowadays, more wineries are letting guests get in on the action with hands-on experiences like grape picking and […]
There is nothing quite like drinking outside. No matter the time of year, whether on the beach or around a fire after a day of skiing, al fresco drinking seems to just make the wine in the glass taste better. To assist you with this endeavor, we’ve compiled a list of incredible (and Instagrammable!) outdoor […]
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 […]