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Articles in "Wine"

Could it be time to consider the rebirth of the carafe?

Get ready to pop open those ‘70s cabernets—it’s the 40th Anniversary of the Judgement of Paris. On May 24, 1976 Napa wine came of age and beat Bordeaux’s best. And the diverse gang that made it happen still makes waves in the wine world.

Wine books worth reading: Tangled Vines is a gripping tale of “greed, murder, obsession and an arsonist in the vineyards of California”; Riesling Rediscovered: Bight, Bold and Dry depicts the noble wine’s many angles.

 

In which we see that 'Sexual Chocolate' red goes well with many things.

The opportunity to meet winemakers and discover 10 tasting rooms which participate in the Pacific Coast Wine Trail tempted me to take a week-long road-trip along a 28-mile stretch of the famous California Highway 1 Discovery Route.

As a restaurant group whose menu mix is predominantly seafood we often find ourselves encouraging diners to indulge their natural red wine preference, despite whatever myths they may have absorbed over the years about white wine being the exclusive appropriate selection for whatever swims.

How an obscure tasting in France 40 years ago changed the American wine industry - and why it is still relevant today.

Clairet - not 'claret' - from Bordeaux can combine the best qualities of a red and a pink.

Accessing a wine’s relative level of excellence happens at the point of tasting, while the quality of wine will result from its development and processing from grape to glass.

Sardinia is actually where Vermentino reaches it’s fullest expression due to the climate and soil. You can find it in two styles – one is fresh and vibrant, with crisp acidity. And the other is more structured and complex, with time spent on the lees.

Though there is some industry in the vicinity of its largest city, Bari, a countryside patched together with vineyards, olive groves, and fields of wheat testifies to Apulia’s most important products.

The latest Nebbiolo releases have arrived. Here’s an up close look at 2011 and 2012 Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero at historic and innovative wineries in the Alba area.

Before reading, take a guess where the Okanagen is. Pat yourself on the back if you are correct.

      A lifetime ago, or so it seems, I tended bar in the White Elephant, an iconic resort hotel on the island of Nantucket. This was the beginning of my interest and education into the world of wine and spirits.

St. Francis is targeting its Reserve Tier reds at the $100 mark on steak house and white table cloth wine lists. 

Vinho Verde is both a DOC of Portugal and a  wine type, ideal for the coming months. Find out why.

It is no secret that business is bubbling for Italy’s Prosecco producers. Total Prosecco sales here in the U.S. now easily surpass Champagne sales and are still growing at a 25% clip.  With a friendly, fruit-forward profile, lower alcohol content and moderate price tag, more and more customers are choosing to forego traditional Champagne and order Prosecco instead. It seems that Prosecco has carved out its own niche, a bubbly with a more informal, sprezzatura image, bucking the conventional notion of formality, celebration and splurge. In fact, along with a smaller, but undeniable Cava resurgence, Proseccos have boosted sparkling wine consumption in the U.S. by nearly 50% in less than a decade.

Here is a case where a small producer really does make wine that deserves notice. From Macedonia, four wines of excellent quality, and reasonable price.

Too many wine buyers approach the buying process without a concrete plan in place. Buying decisions are often made on a whim, driven by supplier, score, or perhaps sommelier ego. To make the buying process more objective, I created a concept that I call “list mapping.”

To ensure heightened wine sales now and for years to come, it would be wise for hospitality professionals to create sales-building programs that cater to these extremely stable—and thirsty— consumers.

Livio Felluga's Terre Alte old vintages make the case for aged table wines.

Monterey. The name evokes so many vivid Californian and American images . . . John Steinbeck and Cannery Row, a beautiful bay teeming with deep-sea fish and mammals, abalones, seaside golf, a picturesque Carmel artists’ colony, a rugged coastline of surf-torn rocks and steep mountains . . . and wine. Yes, Monterey County’s wines deserve acclaim on the order of every other magnificent Monterey attraction.