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The Great Wine-Sulfur Debate

A fun way to assess the additive's effects, in a two-bottle taste test.<p>At a brunch over the holiday season, I was lucky enough to taste two bottles …

One of the World’s Greatest Syrahs

Syrah reaches its highest expression in France's northern Rhône Valley, and particularly on the ancient hill of Hermitage.<p>Paul Jaboulet Aîné is one …

How to Drink Wine From the World's Oldest Vines

Hint: Start in Australia.<p>Where do you think the oldest Mourvedre vines in the world are? Bandol in Provence? The Rhone Valley? Catalonia? You’re not …

A Downton Abbey Wine Companion

Extortion?! Threats to job security?!! This calls for some wine…<p>With the addictive British drama series now in its final season, it seems only right …

In Cuba, California Winemakers Make History

A California wine trade mission in Havana is in full swing.<p>California winemakers make history today as they gather in Havana for Cuba’s first trade …

Presenting Firstleaf for Wine Lovers!

Food & Wine has launched a groundbreaking wine club that works with your own preferences to send you the wines you'll love.<p>I’m thrilled to announce …

Watch a Clip from Somm: Into the Bottle

Jason Wise's sommelier documentary Somm was a sleeper hit a few years ago. Now the director is back with his even-more-ambitious Somm: Into the …

Climate change will leave wine lovers drunker and poorer

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>On Jul. 17, Australia scrapped its carbon tax—hardly a surprising move given that the country’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, once called evidence of climate change “absolute crap.”<p>Australia’s winemakers, however, don’t seem to agree with Abbott. Several leading wineries …

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Lighter red wines

<b>Primarius Oregon Pinot Noir 2011 (£8.99,</b> <b>Tesco</b><b>)</b><p>Received opinion has it that the best barbecue bottles are the hale and hearty reds made in places where barbecues are part of the culture. But while it’s true that an Argentine malbec or an Aussie shiraz really comes into its own when there’s a steak …

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Air Plant Wine Bottle Cork Magnets

Air Plant Wine Cork Magnets are and excellent way to upcycle a cork from that special occasion that you want to remember!<p>I’ve been totally infatuated …

Private equity looms over Australia's wine industry

It is sometimes said that at least investors in vineyards can drink their losses. Indeed, it’s been a rocky few years for the Australian wine …

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Wine Monopolies, Cracked: Entrepreneurial Insights From A Closed System

In most markets across the US, independent liquor stores reflect the tastes and penchants of their owners. Enthusiastic wine drinkers know that a particular store in a particular neighborhood carries the best selection of wines from South America, say, while another store a neighborhood or two away …

Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir

Romanée-Conti — a legendary French vineyard — produces one of the most elegant and extravagantly-priced wines in the world. In January 2010, proprietor Aubert de Villaine received a threat to his livelihood, if not his life: Pay more than 1 million euros in ransom, or his Burgundy vines would be …

A Beginner's Guide to French Wine

The idea of tackling France—the accents and the growing regions and the different vintages—can feel like a vast, unmanageable task for anyone who wants to start learning about wine. But even the most seasoned wine professionals sometimes mispronounce words, so you shouldn't worry. Today's guide …

Ask a Sommelier: What Makes a Great Wine List?

One of the most important tasks of a wine director is creating and managing a restaurant's wine list. But what sets apart a just-ok list from a great one? How does a wine director go about choosing wines and making a great list? We asked sommeliers from around the country for their thoughts.<p>"I …

How Italian wines are named

By some accounts, Italian is the most mellifluous of the world's languages. But when it names the wines of Italy, it also may be the most misunderstood. An Italian wine may sound beautiful, but what do the words on its label mean?<p>"Italy is the most complex wine-growing region in the world," says …

Wine & Spirits

Wine: the new wave of prosecco

The reason prosecco now outsells champagne is that it's a lot cheaper, but I think it's also more to many people's taste. Unlike champagne, prosecco is fermented in a tank rather than in the bottle, and is released within a few months, which generally makes it light and fresh, rather than complex …

Burgundy grand cru vines selling for 9.5m euros per hectare

Burgundy enhanced its reputation as the home of France's most expensive vineyards in 2013, according to government figures showing price rises across …

Wine-Searcher. Human race only please ...

To keep Wine-Searcher running smoothly, we've added some extra security measures to make sure you are a real person and not a robot. Please complete …

Iconic German Pinot producer dies

Bernhard Huber, one of Germany’s leading Pinot Noir producers, has died aged 55 following a two year battle with cancer.<p>In 1987 Huber, alongside his …

Billionaire wine collector sheds tears over fake wine

Billionaire wine collector Bill Koch has said he will keep chasing fine wine fakers no matter the cost, as he choked back tears during a television …

PUNCH | How Bubbly Should Champagne Be?

Champagne’s defining element is undoubtedly its effervescence. After all, what is champagne without bubbles? Not champagne.<p>Historically, Champagne …

Tasting California Rosés; the New Vermouth Revival

· Eric Asimov: Tasting California Rosés [NYT]<br>· Vermouth Revival: A Masterclass in Fortified Wine [The Guardian]<br>· Food Labels and What 'Natural' Really Means [WNYC]<br>· Interview with a Professional Chicken Thrower [McSweeney's]<br>· Do Americans Love Italian Wine More? [Alfonso Cevola]<br>· The One Dish to …

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Wine Points: 6 Reasons to Avoid Buying Wine By-the-score

The wine is 93 points, according to the experts. And is that enough for you, informed consumer, to buy the bottle?<p>While we don't buy our food based on numbers other than price, the practice of relying on numerical ratings is endemic in the wine industry.<p>Shelf talkers deliver the message -- known as …

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Danny Seo believes that organically grown wines still have an image problem among a vast swath of Americans. He thinks he can help. If you don't know …

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When it comes to cellaring wine, I've never paid much attention to humidity. But I've always been curious about the topic.<p>The debate over the …

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Things are getting busy in the vineyards of California right now. Vines are blooming in all but the coolest regions of the state. Those little …