Wine

• So you think you know your fine wine? Think again. It could be counterfeit

So you think you know your fine wine? Think again. It could be counterfeit

$550M worth of ‘fine’ counterfeit wine is being sold over and over again. Rudy Kurniawan, now serving 10 years in prison for multiple counts of wine fraud for millions of dollars, polluted the fine wine pool with up to 12,000 bottles of fake vintages that are believed to have been manufactured by Kurniawan in 2006 alone. Kurniawan mixed […]

• Hey, the Garagiste Wine Festival this Saturday at the Wiltern!

Hey, the Garagiste Wine Festival this Saturday at the Wiltern!

Urban Exposure…Bringing the California wine country to the City… This event is dedicated to showcasing the wines of over 60 high-quality, limited-production, commercial winemakers who are making under 1500 cases per year from all over California. We are thrilled to be holding this year’s Festival in the historic, art deco Wiltern Theater in mid-city Los Angeles. These small-lot wines […]

• Sublime, Magical Sauternes. Sadly Underappreciated. Fix that!

Sublime, Magical Sauternes. Sadly Underappreciated. Fix that!

The Grands Crus de Bordeaux wine tasting of the 2013 vintage rolled into the Fairmont Miramar hotel and, even though the 2013 vintage got a bad rap, the place was packed. There were over 70 Châteaux pouring and that, dear reader, is daunting for this wino who swallows and doesn’t spit, which I find disgusting […]

• We love this guy so he’s excused for launching another celebrity wine

We love this guy so he’s excused for launching another celebrity wine

Graham Norton, of English chat show fame…and well-deserved, we might add…launched his very own SauviGNon blanc and it has flown off the shelves in the UK and Ireland. It is said that Graham spent a whole day tasting a few samples from six different vineyards in the Marlborough region and came up with his very […]

• Yes, wine made intentionally to add ice. Thank you, Diane Keaton

Yes, wine made intentionally to add ice. Thank you, Diane Keaton

By J.L. Laing Just what we needed. A kooky celebrity imagining herself a ‘winemaker’ promoting her new wine label, The Keaton (duh), that’s made intentionally to be served on ice, “just the way she enjoys it.” WTF.  Why do you even bother to drink wine? Come on. Who is she appealing to? My guess is […]

• Up for a tour of Black & Latino-owned wineries in Napa & Sonoma?

Up for a tour of Black & Latino-owned wineries in Napa & Sonoma?

An Oakland-based nonprofit is offering the Wine Soul Train, a daylong tour of Black- and Latino-owned wineries in Napa and Sonoma. The initial tour will take place on Saturday, September 26, with a tour bus that seats 35 people departing from Miss Ollie’s restaurant (901 Washington St., Oakland) at 10 a.m. If the Wine Soul […]

• Stars of Pinot 2015 Wine Tasting Coming Up 8/19

Stars of Pinot 2015 Wine Tasting Coming Up 8/19

Taste over 100 varieties of Pinot Noir by 40 of the worlds top producers. The STARS of Pinot will be a showcase of both well-known high tier producers and exciting new top quality brands. We invite relevant press and trade accounts to attend an effective trade tasting, and market and promote a successful consumer event with […]

• Here’s a good idea! Make a Rosé Slushy!

Here’s a good idea! Make a Rosé Slushy!

I LOVE rosé so this sounds like the perfect antidote to the heat and humidity (in L.A.!) of summer. ​ This recipe comes to us from barman Jeff Banks at Atlanta’s French brasserie The Luminary. Try it! You’ll love it!       Ingredients: 1 bottle of rosè 3oz Aperol 2oz Simple Syrup 2oz Lemon Juice 4oz Water Splash of Bugey-Cerdon Rosè (or […]

• What’s Dwyane Wade up to? Is that Wade’s wine label?

What’s Dwyane Wade up to? Is that Wade’s wine label?

Looks like Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade is yet another celeb to come out with their own wine brand.  Or is it? Wade posted a photo to his Instagram account on Wednesday but is that the whole line up? How does it taste? What grape(s)? Stay tuned.

• The real reason your wine costs so much at restaurants

The real reason your wine costs so much at restaurants

“After 15 years of reviewing restaurants for The Post, I still get the jitters when the wine list comes. Sure, snooty sommeliers of old have been replaced by friendly faces who know how to sell more with smiles than sneers. What’s daunting is knowing how much wines should cost. Never a cinch except for experts, […]

• Winos! Must read this! Blind Book Review: Matt Kramer’s “True Taste, The Seven Essential Wine Words”

Winos! Must read this! Blind Book Review: Matt Kramer’s “True Taste, The Seven Essential Wine Words”

“Knowing Matt Kramer, I was pretty sure the seven essential wine words were “true, taste, the, seven, essential, wine, words.” So I didn’t feel the need to actually read his latest wine book, “True Taste: The Seven Essential Wine Words.” Kramer is often referred to, at least by his publisher, as the “great demystifier of […]

• Fine wine market grows 234% in 10 years

Fine wine market grows 234% in 10 years

A new report has revealed the increasing popularity of fine wine over the past decade, highlighting growth of 234%. Commissioned by Cult Wines, a specialist in the acquisition, management and valuation of rare wines, the report by Intelligent Partnership also predicted a shortfall in production as demand for fine wine increases from wealthy buyers, particularly from China […]

• Montes Plants Vineyard in Machu Picchu

Montes Plants Vineyard in Machu Picchu

Daring Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes has planted an experimental vineyard close to the famous 15th century Inca site Machu Picchu in Peru’s Cusco region. Just under a hectare in size, the vineyard resides 3,000 metres above sea level in the Sacred Valley of the Incas close to Machu Picchu and the city of Cusco. But […]

• American Wine, Matured: 17 New AVAs & The Road Ahead

American Wine, Matured: 17 New AVAs & The Road Ahead

The American wine industry is maturing, and that’s good news for both consumers and producers. “Maturing,” for consumers, means a more nuanced appreciation of the wines in our glasses and the qualities that make those wines unique. “Maturing,” for producers, means a more subtle understanding of the diversity of their soils and climate, and the […]

• Hallelujah! Americans turning backs on “skinny” wine

Hallelujah! Americans turning backs on “skinny” wine

American consumers have lost their appetite for low calorie “skinny” wines, forcing Treasury Wine Estates to pull its The Skinny Vine brand off the shelves. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, US drinkers are ditching low calorie wines due to doubts over quality and a desire not to compromising on flavour. “With alcohol, along […]