Wine Tidbits

By Gerald Montoya | Interesting babel from the world of wine.

How the Wine Industry Is Fueled by Beer

Emmy Reis<p>People love to choose sides. Whether it’s politics, sex, or who’s got the best ribs in town, everyone has an opinion. Sometimes, I’m all for …

Sonoma County

Jefford on Monday: Europe’s screwcap kings

Andrew Jefford finds out why cork looks finished in Franconia – and much more...<p>European wine-producers are generally reluctant to adopt screwcap …

Rosé

2017 Loire - what's left of it

Brave faces were on display in the Loire last week, when I visited with a group of Russian sommeliers for a programme of tastings and producer …

Vintage

First Cava ‘grand cru’ sites are chosen

Spain's government has approved 12 Cava grape growing sites to sit above all others in a new top-level classification designed to promote …

Sparkling Wine

Drinking Out Loud

I am obliged, I feel, to preface all I’m about to say with the public confession that I once disliked Sauvignon Blanc. Its intrinsic herbaceous or …

Napa Valley

Northern Rhône's E. Guigal Buys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Estate | News | News & Features

E. Guigal, one of the largest and best-known négociants in France’s Rhône Valley and owner of some of the most coveted vineyards in Côte-Rôtie, has …

France

The return of the tastevin

<i>Pierazzo da Feltre, one of the honourably mentioned finalists in our wine writing competition, urges us to take up the tastevin again.</i><p>We all are very …

Draft Horses

Dirk van der Niepoort to create 'new category for wine'

• Facebook<br>• Google+<br>• LinkedIn<p>Portuguese wine producer Dirk van der Niepoort is preparing to launch a brand new label for natural/low SO2 and low alcohol …

Food

Aligoté, Burgundy’s Other White Grape, Makes Its Case

MARSANNAY, France — In a cramped cellar under a courtyard in this small town on the northern edge of Burgundy, Sylvain Pataille drew a sample of a 2016 white wine from an old barrel and filled our glasses.<p>The wine was young and a bit cloudy, but its energy and breadth were already evident, with …

pour

PUNCH | How Anjou Became the Capital of Natural Wine

“For me it was a revolution,” Richard Leroy says, as we stand in Les Noëls de Montbenault, one of his small parcels of chenin blanc. “There was …

Wine

Behind the Cellar Door

My Father’s Cellar<p>A lifetime of drinking.<p>Mrs. Hall, my third-grade teacher at St. John’s Day School, had given the class a homework assignment: draw a floor plan of your parents’ house or apartment. Our house was big, but I did my best to include all the rooms on the first floor—kitchen, dining …

Should Restaurants Offer Guests That First Taste of Wine?

When Eric Hiatt, a litigator in New York, ate recently at Italienne, a new restaurant in Chelsea, he was confounded by what did not happen.<p>Mr. Hiatt, a wine lover, ordered a bottle of Ronco Severo ribolla gialla, and at first all seemed as usual. A sommelier presented the unopened bottle for …

Hospitality

Drinking Out Loud

It’s arguably the most commonly used phrase in wine appreciation: “It’s a great wine.” Indeed, the concept of “great” underlies all sorts of wine …

Being A Somm Is About Service, Not Stardom

Brahm Callahan is used to being the most knowledgeable wine professional in the room. Thirty-two years old with a face that looks 10 years younger, …

Wine-Searcher. Human race only please ...

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Let’s Be Clear: Bad Wines Are Bad Wines, Period

If you drink bad wine long enough, will that eventually lead to drinking good wine?<p>No, I don’t think so. Still, a couple of wine writers have recently tried to make the case that bad wine should be tolerated, if not embraced. They argue that it can’t be entirely bad if it appeals to large numbers …

Jefford on Monday: The other right bank

Andrew Jefford checks out the Rhône less known.<p>Those who love the breadth, perfume and generosity of the wines of the Southern Rhône are intimately …

Wine

Learn About Italy’s Secret Nebbiolos

After disease and hailstorms destroyed most vineyards in the early 1900s, Alto Piemonte has bounced back to become an underappreciated source of …

Jefford on Monday: Unpleasant wine, tipsy citizens

Andrew Jefford reads a recently published history of French wine...<p>Indefatigable Ottowa-based historian Rod Phillips published (via the University of …

Wine

Wine Spirits Magazine | Post-Premox

It’s a damp February day in Meursault and I’m sitting at a large kitchen table with François Mikulski and his family, plus Jean-Marc Roulot and …

Entire Burgundy wine region to be covered by hi-tech 'hail shield' to kill storm clouds

The vineyards of Burgundy are about to become the first in France to be totally covered by a "hailstone shield" to kill destructive storms that have blighted the famed wine growing region in recent years.<p>By June, the entire area will be protected by a network of 125 ground generators that cause …

Wine

7 Wines from Friuli, Italy's Avant-Garde Frontier

Put this region on your radar.<p>Think of the factors that make a winegrowing region dynamic and exciting. Coastal vineyards. Mountain influence. A …

Italy

Is Champagne Still Champagne if It Doesn't Have Bubbles?

A group of artisan producers is making this beloved wine the old fashioned way—sans fizz.<p>“I can't stand bubbles,” announced Cédric Bouchard, a …

California Cabernet 2013: The perfect scores – part two of our overview

Read part two of William Kelley's tasting report on the California Cabernet 2013 vintage, in which he looks at wines rated 97-100 points in a vintage …

Napa Valley

You Don't Have to Drink Pink on Valentine's Day

What's behind America's once-a-year obsession with rosé Champagne?<p>At Rebelle in New York City, head sommelier Kimberly Prokoshyn is stocking more …

Cava producers take a pop at champagne with top-end classification

Spain hopes new category will put fizz back into the reputation of a sparkling wine often overshadowed by its French cousin<p>Cava, ally of thrifty bucks fizz fans, bitter adversary of prosecco and a drink long viewed as champagne’s poor relation, is looking to reclaim its status as one of the world’s …

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Manufacturing Wine

SACRAMENTO — It’s been said that all one needs to make wine is contained in the grapes themselves. But anyone who believes that must never have visited the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, an annual trade fair for the industry, which was held here in late January at the Sacramento Convention …

PUNCH | The Best New Wave California Chardonnay

California chardonnay is arguably the most important of all American wines. Certainly it’s the most available: The state grows more of it—90,000 …