Wine

• ‘On fire’ Rosé Ready for Upmarket Push

‘On fire’ Rosé Ready for Upmarket Push

Rosé is showing signs of a real opportunity to push into higher price points as this booming category wins over Champagne drinkers and finds listings at top restaurants. “The market now needs super-premium rosé,” insisted Gérard Bertrand, a Pays d’Oc producer whose own rosé range has been expanding significantly. Citing the example of Garrus, a […]

• Screaming Eagle’s sister winery, Jonata, soars skywards

Screaming Eagle’s sister winery, Jonata, soars skywards

The odds might have been stacked against Screaming Eagle’s sister winery Jonata in the beginning, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of California’s top producers. In his own words, Jonata winemaker Matt Dees is “obsessed with dirt.” As a young boy growing up in Kansas, he was more interested in closely examining plants […]

• Valley wine ‘pioneer’ Joseph Phelps dead at 87

Valley wine ‘pioneer’ Joseph Phelps dead at 87

Joseph Phelps — who more than four decades ago put his faith in the future of Napa Valley wine in launching a second career — died Wednesday at his St. Helena home at the age of 87. In the late 1960s, Joseph Phelps was running the largest construction companies in Colorado founded by his father […]

• Awesome! Have you been on Napa Valley wine cave tours?

Awesome! Have you been on Napa Valley wine cave tours?

Sure, a road trip to Napa Valley is beautiful- the gentle hills lined with vineyards and the romantic tasting rooms with their verandas looking over the winery estates, but some of the coolest things to see in Napa aren’t outdoors at all. We’re talking about the wine caves, and here are some that will blow […]

• Wine Headache? Chances Are It’s Not the Sulfites

Wine Headache? Chances Are It’s Not the Sulfites

THE LATE SENATOR Strom Thurmond was famous—some might say infamous—for a good many things, including a marathon filibuster against the Civil Rights Act, but the South Carolina congressman’s most lasting contribution may be the two words found on every bottle of wine sold in this country: Contains Sulfites. The fiercely anti-alcohol senator successfully lobbied for […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” It’s all Greek (wine) to me!

“a woman walks into a bar…” It’s all Greek (wine) to me!

The Greeks rolled into town this week – not in a Trojan horse though that would have been okay had it been filled with wine. They were on their last leg of a wine promotional tour of the U.S. and we were the lucky recipients of their promotional largesse. Having had wine in Greece, lo, […]

• Wine from Civil War-era shipwreck uncorked in South Carolina

Wine from Civil War-era shipwreck uncorked in South Carolina

A bottle of wine recovered intact four years ago from the 1864 wreck of a Civil War blockade runner that sank off the coast of Bermuda was uncorked and sipped by a panel of experts on Friday during a food festival in Charleston, South Carolina. The verdict: A heady sulfur bouquet with distinct notes of […]

• If Napa wineries have to limit visitors, how will they sell their wines?

If Napa wineries have to limit visitors, how will they sell their wines?

Napa Valley is once again debating how to strike a proper balance between its core identity as an agricultural region specializing in wine and its alter ego as a glitzy tourist destination. The Napa County Board of Supervisors and the county’s Planning Commission met March 10 to discuss potential limits on new wineries and the […]

• Yes, There’s Arsenic In Your Cheap Wine. Now Relax

Yes, There’s Arsenic In Your Cheap Wine. Now Relax

Wow. So apparently a class action lawsuit has been brought against makers of low-price-point California wines that have been found to contain nightmarishly-high levels of arsenic. First, here is the list of implicated wines. Do you drink these wines? Scary? Scary! This suit has touched off a high profile volley of wine-pundits and scientists, both […]

• Spain becomes world’s biggest wine exporter in 2014

Spain becomes world’s biggest wine exporter in 2014

Last year country exported 22.8m hectolitres, much of which was bulk sales that offer tiny margins and perpetuate image of Spanish wine just being cheap plonk. Spain has outstripped France and Italy to become the world’s biggest wine exporter, exporting 22.8m hectolitres in 2014, a 22% rise on the previous year. However, because much of […]

• Top 10 Underrated Red Wine Grape Varieties

Top 10 Underrated Red Wine Grape Varieties

As the encyclopaedic Wine Grapes reminds us, there are a staggering 1,368 wine grape varieties currently identified on this planet, with scope for still more to be discovered; yet only a handful have made it into the mainstream. One might argue that from a marketing perspective the wine world is already impossibly fragmented, so why […]

• The World’s Next Big Wine Regions

The World’s Next Big Wine Regions

Eight hot spots producing your next great bottle. I’ve always been a wine-discovery junkie, constantly on the hunt for new grapes, new vintages, new winemakers, and especially new places where vines may never have been planted before. Thanks to ambitious vintners, rising demand from drinkers, a taste shift to lighter wine styles, and yes, even climate […]

• The Best Wine To Pair With Every Kind of Take-Out Food

The Best Wine To Pair With Every Kind of Take-Out Food

Most people know that fish dishes pair well with white wine while a classic red will taste delicious with steak. But what kind of wine should you buy if you’re ordering burgers, gyros, or sushi? We spoke with Jeremy Block, an oenophile and owner of Some Good Wine in New York, about what wines go best with […]

• Remember Marsala Wine? It’s Coming Back!

Remember Marsala Wine? It’s Coming Back!

Sicily has been a major wine producer since it was ruled by the ancient Greeks. The island is ideal for viticulture, thanks to its combination of a balmy climate (around 300 days of fine weather each year) and fertile, volcanic soil. Unfortunately, during much of the modern era, Sicily’s bountiful harvest resulted in low-caliber, bulk vino, […]

• 5 Paso wineries & 18 vineyards change hands over past 2 years

5 Paso wineries & 18 vineyards change hands over past 2 years

New report and historical analysis by Pacifica Wine Division shows details of five wineries and 18 vineyards sold in 2013 and 2014. The average winery sold for $3.2 million; while the average vineyard sold for $2.24 million. Nearly two-dozen wineries and vineyards have changed hands in the past two years in the Paso Robles American […]