Last Drops and Viewpoints

By Wine Enthusiast | Personal essays and editorials about how the world of wine—and beyond—moves us.

Exploring Less-Traveled Wine Regions

Sometimes a journey off the beaten path leads to the a more personal vineyard experience. Learn to take a chance on the unknown.<p>Whether you’re in the …

Travel

Why I Can’t Take A Shine To Moonshine

White Dog. Hooch. White Lightning. Whatever you call it, commercial "moonshine" is becoming a staple on bar shelves. Here are four reasons it …

Bordeaux in the Back Room

A grocery-store wine steward is always introducing customers to wines, but what about when a customer returns the favor with a legendary …

Grocery Stores

Your New Steakhouse Red

Opulent, powerful Pinot Noirs should be a steakhouse standard.<p>Like any card-carrying wine geek, I appreciate, and usually even enjoy, those lithe, …

Sparkling Wine and Confessions in Paris

Life is never simple, even in Paris. But one writer learns that the right friends and excellent wine can soothe even the most difficult of situations.<p>…

Are Single-Site Expressions the Future, or just a Fad?

Is Chardonnay "cool" again? Was Jura just a fad? Is natural wine the future? In the fickle world of wine, what trends matter and what is just …

How to Get Lost in Argentina

Gwendolyn Elliott finds wine travel sometimes requires breaking the rules. A harvest festival in Mendoza leads to a bumpy ride and plenty of memories.<p>…

When a Satiric Wine Writer Gets Taken Seriously

With profanity, raucousness, tastelessness and buffoonery, an equal opportunity offender finds himself rewarded, and awarded, for his wine writing …

Why Syrah is Better than Cabernet

Popular, in demand grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, often command higher prices and offer less value. Try giving the oft-maligned Syrah another chance.<p>…

Defending Oaked White Wines

It's time to get past the stigma of oaked white wines. Make room in your heart, and glass, for a bit of barrel love.<p><b>I have a confession.</b><p>While much of …

The Fallacy of Wine & Food Pairing

Yes, certain wines work better with certain dishes, but don’t be fooled into believing in ironclad rules. Here's what you should know about wine …

Wine Education is About More Than What’s in Your Glass

Intense pressure and perverse expectations go into the pursuit of wine certifications. A study group to swirl, analyze, and (sometimes) cry with …

A Pilgrimage for the Ultimate Rum Punch Recipe

Hunting down a legendary rum punch recipe from Port-au-Prince's The Oloffson Hotel makes for an early morning adventure in Haiti.<p>The Oloffson Hotel, …

How to Lose a Cocktail Competition

Wine Enthusiast's Spirits Editor thought acing a cocktail competition would be easy. She was wrong.<p>When the invitation arrived to participate in a …

Flying Blind While Tasting Wine

Blind tastings can be educational and exhilarating, but also lead to moments of overwhelming anxiety. But in wine, can an honest guess ever really be …

Food

Where You Go, Wine Will Follow

While moving across the Australian desert, Christina Pickard and her husband found solace in their wine cellar.<p>“It’s a rite of passage,” a friend …

Discovering the Personal Side of the Wine Business in Croatia

How traveling along the Dalmatian coast in Croatia with a wine importer involves less glamour and more grit.<p>“I should import this! How hard can it …

Love Potions

The candlelit setting allowed us to focus on aromas of ginger, spice and lemon emanating from our glasses.<p>If you’re a wine lover or craft cocktail …

What Your Martini Says About You

Two pros—one Manhattan bartender and one licensed psychoanalyst—tell us what you can find out about a person by the martini they order.<p>My favorite …

Martinis

Tasting Scotch with “The Nose”

A third-generation top master distiller and whisky blender known as "The Nose" talks life, lessons and legacy as he looks towards his final few casks.<p>…

An Ode to Drunken Rice

A Korean bullet train to an unforgettable eating (and drinking) destination.<p>In South Korea, people know how to drink. It’s part of daily life: a way …

Drink, Memory

How a wine writer and her mentor shared a bottle of wine without drinking it.<p>Many people meet their mentors in glassy office towers and the like. I …

New Year's Eve

Traveling Wine Country with Children

From tasting rooms to tantrums, one parent reflects on the perils of participating in wine culture with twin boys in tow.<p>“These kids are coming into …

Eating 500 French Cheeses

While living in Paris, an American writer enjoys an astounding variety of cheese and shows no signs of slowing down.<p>My fascination (read: obsession) …