The Riesling Road Trip Is Hitting Up The East Coast This May

There's a wine-dispensing truck involved. We're in.
Apr 14, 2014 4:00 pm

Few things are better than a 10-day road spring road trip. A 10-day spring road trip in a wine-dispensing truck, though, just may take the cake. Wines of Germany is hosting its second annual Riesling & Co. Road Trip this May, in collaboration with Paul Grieco from NYC’s Hearth and Terroir and wine author and expert Stuart Pigott. Read on.

Why American Wine Is So Exciting Right Now

Our new wine contributor waves that flag
Apr 9, 2014 1:00 pm

I’ve always liked to think of a wine in terms of a narrative, not just the potential of a bouquet to fill a novella, but the story of its place, its authors and the people that have made it available to you. Read on for new contributor Chad Walsh's debut on American wines. 

Around the World in 80 Wine Varietals: Tempranillo

Spain’s noblest grape is used around the globe
Apr 3, 2014 2:00 pm

In Around The World In 80 Wine Varietals, contributor Chantal Martineau unearths how a particular grape drinks differently around the globe. Up next, Tempranillo: Spain’s noblest grape.

Can Wine Be Funny? A Conversation With Randall Grahm

The Bonny Doon "terroirist" can't stay serious long
Mar 19, 2014 2:00 pm
Randall Grahm photo

A man holds his glass of glimmering red liquid up to the light, then swirls it, sniffs it, looks at it askance as he swishes the wine around in his mouth and puckers his lips. It's an almost comic premise, and yet few oenophiles would ever laugh at the act of nosing and tasting wine. Why is wine so serious that we can't joke about it? Randall Grahm is perhaps the most iconoclastic of wine world eccentrics, so when offered a chance to chat with him before a pairing dinner of his Bonny Doon wines at The Spotted Pig in NYC, I set out to talk about why wine and humor don't seem to mix.

Around The World In 80 Wine Varietals: Sangiovese

A complicated Italian grape makes for diverse wines
Mar 18, 2014 1:00 pm

Italian wine is complicated. Never mind that there are hundreds of grapes with hard-to-pronounce names indigenous to Italy and that the same genetic variety can have several different monikers depending on where it’s grown. A look at the diverse, complicated Sangiovese grape, after the jump.

Jon Bonné Says That It's Safe For Snobs To Drink California Wines Now

Author of The New California Wine on Parker, grapes
Mar 13, 2014 1:00 pm

There's a long-running debate in wine circles about whether California wines can ever compare to Old World powerhouses France and Italy. To hear some sommeliers and critics tell it, the question can be resolved with a simple two-letter word: No. As in, California can't compete. But now, a few diehard winemakers and a notable critic — Jon Bonné — are arguing, in essence, against their fellow wine snobs. Here, Bonné discusses the debates and addresses Robert Parker's role in the evolution of California's wine regions.

The Secret To Finding Underrated Wine? Know, And Follow, A Great Wine Importer.

It's as easy as reading the back of a bottle
Mar 11, 2014 2:00 pm

People often ask me how I’m able to find such great wines. How do I know where to look? What to buy? The truth is that I’m terrible at remembering the names of wines I love or have read about and want to try. I rely on wine labels – particularly, the backs of them. I look for the name of the importer, a person or company whose taste I trust. A guide fo some quality importers, after the jump.

A Maple Wine That Makes The Grade

Is there a future for wine made with maple?
Mar 5, 2014 3:00 pm

By now, there’s nothing new about maple beer and maple booze. You can sip Maple Pecan Porter or guzzle Voodoo Bacon Maple, ruminate over Maple Trippel Ale or delight to the flavor of Bigleaf Maple Red. There’s Sapling and Sortilege, Boyden Valley Maple Crème liqueur and Crown Royal Maple-Finished whiskey. When it comes to the maple spectrum, there really only seems to be one thing missing: maple wine. Read on.


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