AMERICAN WINE WRITER

By Benjamin N Spencer | An American Point of View of BEVERAGES | PLACES | PEOPLE

Jefford on Monday: The Georgia Connection

The world’s foremost authority on ancient drinking swung through Bordeaux’s handsome Cité du Vin recently, on a mission to tantalize. More of what I …

Archaeology

Where Does Wine Really Come From?

Europe was relatively late to the game when it comes to winemaking, and the original inventors of our favorite fermented beverage are staging a …

Wine

Unearthing California’s Pre-Prohibition Wine Roots

Next time you’re in Napa, Sonoma, and the Bay Area, visit these important historic sites and wineries.<p>Each year, millions of people descend on Napa …

Wine

Be Careful Trusting the American Palate When It Comes to American Wines

In Alphabet City in the East Village<p>My earliest memories of drinking wine are filled with gritty pictures of downtown New York City, in the early to …

Wine

The ultimate hack for wine lovers

HUNDREDS are calling for this woman to overthrow The Donald as Time’s Person of the Year after she posted a household hack on Twitter.

Hacking

PUNCH | Your Updated Guide to Orange Wine

There’s a visceral reaction the first time you taste an orange wine. It doesn’t fit into all the boxes your wine brain has organized—too rich to be …

California Wine

In Defense Of White Wine (Thoughts On Expert Scores And Red Wine Bias)

White wines get the review shaft (image: winecurmudgeon.com)A little over a week ago, my friend Jeff Siegel published details by PhD Suneal …

These Oregon Winemakers Are Making Chardonnay Cool Again

Chardonnay has gotten a bad rap, but a group of Oregon producers are betting their reputations on the much-maligned grape. Their wines may still be under the radar, but Lettie Teague is betting they won’t stay that way for long.<p>OREGON IS a single-grape state for many wine drinkers, as tied to Pinot …

Chardonnay

Oregon via Oenotria

Anyone who ever ordered a pizza from a local Italian restaurant knows, Italy appears on placemats or menus as a great boot, poised to kick the soccer …

Wine
21st Century

Poland's wine champion

Robert Mielżyński’s intimidating 6’ frame is what you’d expect from a former hockey player. He was a fighter even by the sport’s standards, as some …

The Case For Natural Wine: Interview with RAW WINE Founder Isabelle Legeron MW

One needn’t love <i>all</i> natural wines to root for the category’s success, and yet the movement has proved divisive within the wine industry. Do wine drinkers love <i>all</i> conventionally produced wines? Conventional includes grapes grown using any combination of synthetic chemical pesticides, herbicides, and …

Wine

Napa Valley Vintner Brings Robotics To Winemaking Process

NAPA COUNTY (KPIX 5) – Winemaking is a centuries-old process. But at Hall Wines in Napa Valley, it’s getting a high-tech upgrade.<p>A robotic sorter is …

Historic Winemaking Regions

Some of the oldest vineyards in the world are from Israel, Georgia and Turkey. Take a look at some wines you may have missed from these historic …

Indigenous Peoples