Vinography

By Alder Yarrow | Flip through the world of wine.

Millennials Answer the Call of Mexican Wine Country

Tear yourself away from the picture-postcard Pacific views on Route 1, south of the border between California and Mexico, and you see Valle de Guadalupe undulating to the east, its Mars-like boulders and vast stretches of rose-gold-colored dirt belying the fact that there is some pretty great wine …

Travel

A Journey Through Baja California’s Wine Country

As we drove along the heavily pocked dirt road, bouncing our way through near-total darkness, with no signs to indicate the proximity to our destination — with no signs of any sort — the whites of my girlfriend’s eyes were plainly visible in the night as she murmured, “I’m not so sure about …

Mexico

In Slender Cans and 40 Ounces, Fine Wine Gets Ready to Party - Bloomberg

One afternoon, while tasting wine in a cellar in France’s Loire Valley, sommelier Patrick Cappiello saw a familiar shape on the shelf in the tasting …

Wine

Wine’s Orient Express

How China’s top wine dealer built an empire with brick, mortar and an app<p>Robert Yang is a Chinese wine success story—the self-made man who brought …

Wine

At Sonoma County Barrel auction, pinot noir remains king

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | April 21, 2017, 5:07PM<p>| Updated 26 minutes ago.<p>Pinot noir once again took the spotlight on Friday afternoon during the third …

Sonoma County

Argentina on fine wine mission to rival Burgundy

Argentina has the potential to be “perceived on the same scale as Bordeaux or Burgundy” for fine wine, with time the only barrier to proving the …

Food

S.Africa winemakers on quest for quality and prestige

Looking out at his 50-hectare (124-acre) estate in a valley nestled below the Helderberg mountains, winemaker Ken Forrester beams with pride in his …

Why Is French Wine so Inexplicably Great?

I had never been to France. I know, who cares? Plenty of people never go to France, and they’re just fine. But I’m a wine writer, and French wines are my everything. Any given glass can send me spiraling into the kind of wide-eyed crush usually reserved for seventh-graders. Every bottle I open …

France

Liquid Diet: Sommelier Shelley Lindgren Champions Italian Wines and the Families Who Make Them

Everything a pro drinker drinks in a week.<p>In our series, Liquid Diet, a professional drinker journals every sip of one beverage-packed week. Here,</b> …

Wine

Steady as She Goes for Vega Sicilia | Wine News & Features

<b>Where did it all begin?</b><p>I was born in Bilbao, capital of Spain's beautiful Basque Country. I spent my childhood there, so not a bad start to life.<p><b>So</b> …

Wine

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 …

Wine

Is Terroir Real?

What does the wine world's most misunderstood concept really mean?<p>Devin Shomaker’s vineyard is located at an altitude of exactly five floors above …

Wine

The Environmental Impact of Growing Native Versus Introduced Grapes

In response to climate change, governments, industries, and business entities around the world have set out to mitigate their impacts on the …

Sustainability

spring freeze in northern Italy could severely compromise 2017 vintage

The photo above is just one of a series posted today on Facebook by Asti grower Gianluca Morino.<p>“Such a widespread event has never happened,” he …

Food

Incredible efforts of Spanish fruit pickers as they collect grapes from precarious lake-side terraces at harvest time

• Two wine estates in Spain's Riberia Sacra region are carved into the steep hills<br>• The region has been producing wine for 2,000 years since the Romans …

Here's why Chinese money is pouring into Temecula's wine region

David Liu made his first fortune more than two decades ago, exporting American scrap metal to his rapidly industrializing home country of China. After the financial crisis, he scored big again buying thousands of distressed apartments in the United States and selling them later for a tidy …

China

‘Fatal’ frost hits Champagne vineyards

Champagne makers fear that they have again lost a significant amount of their potential grape harvest after plunging temperatures caused severe …

Weather

Interview with Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard

Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard may be the most innovative winemaker on the planet with a winemaking process that sometimes seems like one big, …

Wine

From the Sonoma Coast, Chardonnays of Energy and Memories

The Sonoma Coast has been on my mind quite a bit lately.<p>First came a wine panel tasting in February of pinot noirs from the region. Now, we have followed up with a tasting of 20 Sonoma Coast chardonnays from recent vintages.<p>In both tastings, we found wines that combined intensity with balance and …

Wine

PUNCH | What Is “Classic” German Riesling?

In a certain Facebook photograph (from which I’ve since untagged myself), a shirtless, lamentably skinnier version of me grins at the camera. My two …

Wine
Food

Drinking Out Loud

Here's a true story from life in the dining trenches. I regularly dine in San Francisco with a pal who's well-acquainted with most of the world's …

Food

Why "Oxidized" Is the Wine Word of 2017

Back in the day, I hated white wine. Every bottle I opened tasted exactly the same, like someone had squeezed an uncooked roll of Pillsbury Grands! Butter Tastin’ biscuits doused in Land o’ Lakes butter into a bottle. As a new wine drinker, I didn’t realize that white wine wasn’t the problem. The …

Social Media

How Bugs and Other Critters are Saving Vineyards

Sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming practices are using insects and animals in innovative ways to shape their vineyards and care for the …

Wine

Colombia's Wine Scene Has Come A Long Way, Says Top Sommelier

Hector Bernal Rozo worked as sommelier of some of Colombia’s top restaurants, such as globally recognized El Cielo in Bogotá, Medellín & Miami. Since …

Wine

Three Countries, Three Views, Three Malbecs

From wildly popular Argentinian offerings to its homeland Cahors, and now rising status in Washington State, it's time to take a global look at …

If You Want To Have Better Sex, Just Drink Some Red Wine

It’s a long established fact that people get horny when they drink. It’s just science. The smart parts of your brain slow to a glacial pace, while …

Wine

How A New York Publisher Became A Successful Winemaker For Two Wildly Different Brands

The Larkmead Series zooms in on soil.<p>How did a Nebbiolo-lover from the New York publishing world become an icon of hipster wine while simultaneously producing some of Napa’s most exciting Cabernet for a heritage brand in Calistoga? Because Dan Petroski is uniquely suited for both.<p>Petroski is the …

Wine

You can thank an 83-year-old Frenchwoman for bringing burgundies to America

When Martine Saunier began importing French wine to the United States nearly half a century ago, she helped create a market. Americans were discovering their love of wine and food, and California’s wine industry was embarking on a renaissance. We were ready for something new.<p>It was 1969. Saunier, …

Wine