AMERICAN WINE WRITER

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

Grapes

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 …

Food

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 …

History
Malaysia

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

Crowds Gather Around Producers at RAW WINE (Photo by RAW WINE)<p>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 …

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 …

Food

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tequila – Cheers to You – Part 1

Tequila, ahh, tequila. What better beverage is there to discuss that has caused so many hangovers and so many “oops!” moments. Here’s your chance to …

Genomics 101 | Barry Schuler

https://download.ted.com/talks/BarrySchuler_2008P-64k.mp4What is genomics? How will it affect our lives? In this intriguing primer on the genomics …

Food

Making wine with biodynamically farmed grapes — and marijuana

The road to California’s first commercially available pot-infused wine begins on a camping trip in Yosemite National Park in 2010. There, Lisa Molyneux, a Santa Cruz dispensary owner and pioneer in marijuana retail, is introduced to the therapeutic properties of an especially good bottling purveyed …

French microalgae may be the answer to key vine diseases

A microalgae found in the sea off Brittany’s coastline can wipe-out key vine diseases with new scientific tests in France showing 100% efficiency in …

You Think You Know Malbec Wine. You Are Wrong. - Bloomberg

First, a confession. I’ve long thought malbecs from Argentina vastly overrated, slack-jawed big reds found hanging out in bad steakhouses and touted …

Scientists Get Closer to Harnessing the Health Benefits of Red Wine

Researchers develop new formulations of resveratrol, which is found in small quantities in red wine, to make into a pill<p>Scientists on opposite sides of the globe appear to be getting closer to harnessing one of red wine’s most elusive health-giving ingredients and putting it into a pill.<p>The …

Medicine

Donald Trump's World Atlas of Wine

What is it with you people that you want to know what I think about wine all the time? When I became the new Emperor of Wine, and, really, I’m doing …

Wine

The New Rules of Pairing Wine with Sushi

What works with the Japanese staple? More than you might think.<p>When Garrett Smith, beverage director of NYC’s acclaimed omakase den Sushi Nakazawa, …

Food & Dining
Sparkling Wine

Some Geniuses Made Vodka With San Francisco's Fog

Mmm, Karl.<p>If your memory feels a little <i>foggy</i> tomorrow morning, we'll know why.<p>This vodka actually contains San Francisco fog, and we can't <i>condense</i> our eagerness to try a shot (or five).<p>Fog Point Vodka is a mix of <b>water harvested from San Francisco fog</b> and <b>vodka distilled from local California wine</b>. …

San Francisco