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Introducing The Essence of Wine Book

Almost two years ago now, I began a collaboration with superstar food photographer Leigh Beisch that I called The Essence of Wine. The premise was …

Birth of a Grape

<b>Birth of a Grape</b><br>HEALDSBURG, CA: Warm sunny skies bring out the wildflowers and Pinot Noir budbreak on April 3 in Healdsburg, …

How Scratch and Sniff wine soared to the NYT bestseller list

The hottest wine book of 2013 might take you by surprise: it’s a scratch and sniff wine guide that’s printed on the stiff pages of a board book. The …

Holiday Wine Pairing Advice: What to Drink With Ham, Lamb, Prime Rib, and More

If you're planning a Christmas dinner menu and making a list, you might have forgotten one important ingredient: the wine. It's worth picking up a few bottles now so you're not stuck with just the choices at your grocery store when you go to get that last-minute stick of butter. (Who are we …

The Serious Eats Cheese and Wine Pairing Cheat Sheet

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>It's New Year's Eve, and your guests are about to come tumbling in. You set out bowls of salty snacks and a grand platter of cheeses. There's creamy white chèvre, a Stilton, some Brie, nutty aged Gruyère, tangy …

Ask a Sommelier: How to Pair Vegetables With Red Wine

In chilly weather, many folks crave robust red wines, but not of us all eat a ton of meat. A nice juicy steak might be the perfect foil for Cabernet or Tempranillo, but what options do we have in the vegetarian zone? Are there certain red wines that are especially veggie-friendly? Certain …

France to organic wine grower: spray or pay

Should a grape grower who practices organic viticulture be forced to spray pesticide? In the face of a bacterial malady hitting vineyards in France, …

The 10 Best Budget Bourbons

With the holidays behind us, it's time to scale back, tighten the belt, buckle down, and engage in other cliches that mean spending less money on booze. This week, we'll start considering the best ways to save a little cash and still drink well, one spirit at a time.<p>Today, I'm covering bourbon. …

The Shady Lane

<b>The Shady Lane</b><br>The afternoon light strikes a row of vines along a shady lane in the backroads of Sonoma County.<p>INSTRUCTIONS:<br>Download this image by …

12 Drinks to Mix for Your Super Bowl Party

As you plot your Super Bowl party, you're probably thinking about wings and dips, nachos and chili, potato skins and of course, a most importantly, a fridge full of beer. But it's nice to have a pitcher of cocktails—and an non-alcoholic option—ready as well. Here are a few ideas to get you …

Ask a Sommelier: The Best Wine for Roast Chicken

Every once in a while, a simple roast chicken at home just hits the spot. Want to make the meal even better? Serve your perfect bird with a great bottle of wine. We asked our sommelier friends for a few tips on the best bottles to open when you're serving roast chicken. Here are their …

Ask Dr. Vinny

<i>Dear Dr. Vinny,</i><p><i>How many acres is a small winery? How many acres is a large winery? Is there any sort of categorization when it comes to acreage and</i> …

6 Margarita Recipes for National Margarita Day

National Margarita Day, February 22nd, is <i>not</i> one of the holidays on our calendar. We get the day off, but that's because it's Saturday, not because we like to mix our tequila with other stuff. We are not throwing a National Margarita Day party, and we will not be drinking margaritas at it.<p>But you …

Make Meyer Lemon Bitters This Weekend

It may be twisting the knife to say so when half the country is trapped under ice, but here in Southern California we have a certain problem when February rolls around. It's the peak of citrus season. We're simply buried right now.<p>This might seem like less of a problem than, say, getting snowed in …

Ask Dr. Vinny

<i>Dear Dr. Vinny,</i><p><i>What makes some wines so expensive?</i><p><i>—Stacia P., France</i><p>Dear Stacia,<p>The price of a bottle of wine reflects a few things. First up are the …

Which states drink the most wine?

Which state is the thirstiest for wine? It’s a question we’ve noodled before as Washington DC is the thirstiest non-state in the nation! The good …

Spain Excites: Ribera del Duero vs. Priorat with Miguel Torres, Jr.

How to Stock Your Wine Cellar

For me, the in-house wine cooler—the kind we discussed over here—whether it has space for 24 bottles or 48, is mostly for what you're going to drink soon. It's filled with wine for weeknight dinners and festive dinner parties, special occasions, and bottles to bring to friends. It's where you keep …

Ask a Sommelier: How to Pair Wine With Salads

When it comes to wine pairing, salads can be tricky: a salad that's dressed with something tart can knock out the flavor of the wine you're trying to enjoy. We asked a few sommeliers from around the country for their tips on the best wines to serve with salads, and all the factors to consider when …

Want to Open a Coffee Shop? Consider These 3 Tips First

When I was planning to open my first coffee shop back in 2002, there was very little information available online to help me get started. There were some training classes, but they were all a couple hundred dollars, which is a lot to spend when you're starting out and unsure whether these big …

5 Colonial-Era Drinks You Should Know

Cast your memory back to grade-school history: Chances are that in between making tricorn hats out of construction paper and learning about George Washington's heroics, you weren't taught that John Adams began each day with a tankard of cider, that the Mayflower was loaded with barrels of beer, or …

The Best Wines for Daytime Drinking

As the weather warms, we get really excited for the first afternoon spent at a picnic in the park or someone's backyard, sipping something refreshing and cool. But if you're going to drink all day, you have to plan accordingly: you'll want to bring a bottle of wine (or three) that isn't too …

Ask Dr. Vinny

<i>Dear Dr. Vinny,</i><p><i>I’m still not sure if a house wine is purchased from a brand-name winery by a restaurant, or is it made by the restaurant and stored</i> …