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Gift Guide: For Wine Lovers

You can always buy the wine lover on your list a fantastic bottle of wine (or three). Wrap up a bottle of Lopez de Heredia and you're sure to please. Better yet, do a little detective work and find a magnum bottle from your loved one's favorite producer. But if you want to give your favorite oenophile a gift that will last a little longer, check out this roundup of seven suggestions. Cheers! More

Serious Grape: Stellar Sauvignon Blanc for $18 and Up

As you move up the price ladder, wines made from Sauvignon Blanc become worthy of a special occasion, and perfect for pairing with savory fall foods. f you think Sauvignon Blanc is a just a throwaway thirst-quencher, a wine to please margarita-lovers, check out what we found in our high-end explorations. These are serious wines made with care. More

Serious Grape: A Look at This Year's Growing Season

Back in April, Michael Honig reminded us that at the heart, winemakers are farmers. "We don't grow bottles," he said, "we grow grapes." So today I wanted to take a look at how those grapes have been growing around the country. The weather has been somewhat erratic, hotter than usual in New York's wine regions, and cooler in California (with a few scorching days), but winemakers are hopeful about what they're seeing. Will 2010 be a great vintage or a catastrophic one? More

Bordeaux 101

Bordeaux is a wine with baggage. I always assumed it was an out-of-reach, snobby wine that was too expensive and available only to collectors and le wine buffs with deep pockets. And while it's true that some Bordeaux wines are indeed expensive (top-of-the line Bordeauxs are snapped up for hundreds or even thousands a bottle!) it's just not true across the line. Another common assumption: Bordeaux wines are all red. Nope. Learn more about the misunderstood wine here. More

Wine of the Week: Lamarca Prosecco DOC

This Prosecco hit all the right flavor notes, and at $12 a bottle, it's priced right too. But admittedly, one of the things I liked most was the exceptionally beautiful top to the cork cage. It's a painting of an arched wall rendered in gorgeous primary colors—blues, reds, and yellows—like a Renaissance-era painting by one of the Italian masters. Do you have any favorite wine bottle art, whether corks, cork cages, or labels? More

Italian White Wine You Might Not Be Drinking: Soave

I can't help it. I crack up every time I enter a wine store, intending to ask for Soave, the Italian white wine, which frankly deserves some respect. But all too quickly, I lapse into an early 1990s flashback, and I hear in my head: "Suave. Rico...Suave." And with that guttural crooning cheesiness taking over my brain, I collapse into a helpless fit of giggles and have to flee the store. As a longtime Prosecco enthusiast, a sommelier friend advised me that if I like Prosecco, then Soave was a wine well worth trying. More

Like This Drink? Drink That Wine

A cheat sheet of wine suggestions, based on your other beverages of choice. If you like your coffee dark and strong, you might also like an equally robust Shiraz or Malbec. And if you're into Coronas, pour yourself a glass of the light, not-too-sweet Torrontes. More

Wine Pairings with Thai Food

Pad thai is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods, but I never quite know what to pair with those complex, spicy dishes. I asked Todd Knoll, the executive estate chef at Jordan Vineyard & Winery for his take on wine pairings with three Thai dishes. Knoll was raised in Hawaii and draws upon flavors from his home state, as well as Asia. More

Wine CSAs: Community Supported Alcohol

A Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, allows locavores to snap up shares in all manner of produce, meats, cheeses, and more local harvest bounty. including wine. Here's how it works: thirsty supporters sign up, committing to purchase a share of the product when it becomes available. The benefit is clear for small-scale vintners—they are guaranteed a market for the product when it becomes available. And for the buyer, the benefit is the opportunity to support local producers and secure a limited-edition wine that may be available for retail purchase only in very limited supply. More

Wine for $9: Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is the fresh, tart limeade of affordable wine—a thirst-quencher for gulping on the patio on a hot summer evening. It's bright, tangy, and tasty, especially with some salty chips and guacamole or a plate of grilled fish. Whether you're stocking up for a party or just watching your budget, you can find quite a few decent bottles that sell for under ten bucks. In fact, we found more than a case full. More

Critter Wines: Do They All Suck?

"Critter wines"—which feature a cat, dog, rooster, or other cute "critter" on the label—are generally sniffed at in the wine world. Some people love critter wines, but I've been warned that good critter wines are few and far between—that cute labels often compensate for mediocre wines. Today, I'm putting that theory to the test. More

Why Wine Drinkers Should Care About the HR 5034 Bill

Hands off my bottle, buddy. A new bill might impact what's in your wine glass—and soon. the HR 5034 bill could put an end to accessing wines directly from the source. Congress introduced the bill back in April, and it's currently going through the House of Representatives. Will it put an end to an entire swath of America's artisan wineries? More

NextGen Wine Competition: How Do Millennial Wine Drinkers Compare to Other Generations?

Do millennial wine drinkers prefer something different from imbibers over the age of 35? We're about to find out, when the NextGen Wine Competition takes place between June 14 and 15 in Santa Rosa, California. Although this strikes me as an exercise that might be easily addressed in standard market research, it still should be fun to watch from the sidelines. I imagine the larger wine and spirits companies will be particularly excited to find out which vino appeals most to the tastebuds of younger drinkers, at least those of legal age. More

Serious Grape: Grenache Blanc

Today we wind up our Grenache series with six wines made from Grenache Blanc. This grape probably developed from a mutation in red-skinned Grenache—the same way Pinot Gris arose from Pinot Noir. Grenache Blanc is common in southern France, where it's blended into white Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône wines. More

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