buying wine

Top 5: Wines Without Sulfites

Sans soufre is a philosophy gaining steam
Mar 27, 2012 2:01 pm

Winemakers have been adding sulfur to wine for hundreds (and possibly thousands) of years to help prevent it from spoiling. So, why do sulfites sound so scary? Well, they aren’t. You can read more about that here. And here are five bottles worth checking out.

Those Sulfites In Wine? Not Evil!

Not to be confused with sulfates. Those are bad.
Mar 26, 2012 4:29 pm

Just about every bottle of wine you’ve ever purchased or drunk in the U.S. has had two words on the back label: “contains sulfites.” The warning sounds ominous. But sulfites are naturally occurring compounds that plants produce to protect themselves from microbial infection.

The Trouble With Tasting Wine

A new book reveals why you can’t trust your tongue
Dec 20, 2011 4:01 pm

As someone who tastes and writes about wine for a living, it may come as a surprise to you that I believe wine tasting is bogus. But let me clarify.

Mission Possible: Buying Holiday Wine

Don't stress. It's easy. It's cheap. It's wine!
Dec 19, 2011 3:01 pm

Your aunt is bringing a puree of butternut squash. Your mom is prepping a five-gallon salad with walnuts and diced persimmon. Your uncle is  all about the ham. Your cousin is baking whole-wheat vegan bread rolls. There’s always a vegan. And your job? Buy the wine.  

6 Ways to Drink Wine Smarter

Think biodynamic, organic and Txakolina
Oct 10, 2011 5:01 pm
drinking wine smarter

Nowadays, showing off your wine IQ is less about rattling off fancy chateau names and more about knowing good value — both environmentally and in the wallet. Here are some quick tips for drinking wine smarter.

5 Italian Red Wines For Summer

Step away from the Chianti and refresh your palate
Aug 2, 2011 5:31 pm
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Photo: KirkOls on Flickr

Mention Italian wine to most people and thoughts of Chianti immediately come to mind. This is both the boot’s blessing and its curse: Its most famous wine, its most emblematic one, is among the most instantly recognizable in the world. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s far from the only one in the country worth knowing, and too many...

5 Southern French Wines To Drink Now

Look beyond Bordeaux for wine finds
Jul 13, 2011 3:49 pm
Irouléguy vineyard
Photo: rsepulveda on Flickr

The wines of south and southwest France are some of the most under-appreciated in Europe. Why? First, the region’s more famous neighbors in Bordeaux tend to get all the love and attention. Second, the wines are often produced from grapes that consumers are unfamiliar with — an unfortunate death sentence in this market.

But this...

5 Smarter, Greener Wine Packages

Could the end of the wine bottle be far off?
Jun 9, 2011 4:01 pm
Gotham Projects wine keg

There’s nothing like popping open a bottle of wine, right? Well, believe it or not, you can experience the same pleasure without the pop. In fact, you can forgo the entire bottle nowadays. Innovative packaging allows you to enjoy wine in a more eco-friendly way. Several options, from boxes to cans, are lighter (and cheaper!) to ship than glass bottles, which...


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