April 2012

Red and White Bash

Don’t miss the event of the year! Buy tickets to our New York and Chicago parties now.

Wine Star Award Videos

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2013 Best Restaurants

Restaurants that serve up a true passion for presenting mind-blowing wine-and-food pairings.

The Wine Star Awards

Wine Enthusiast Magazine honors the wine and spirit industry’s influential leaders of 2013.

2012 Best Reasturants

Wine Beginners

Kick-start your ongoing exploration of wine. Through these simple and smart guidelines, you’ll discover your own palate.

Cocktail Recipes

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2013 Vintage Chart

Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s vintage chart is a year-by-year guide to the overall quality and drinkability of the wines from the world’s major winegrowing regions.

2011 Best Restaurants

Cooking with Wine

Adding wine to your favorite recipe can impart wonderful flavor, but too much or the wrong style can put the kibbosh on a potentially delicious dinner.

Wine and Cheese

Wine and cheese are two of life’s great culinary pleasures, and finding the perfect match can be a delicious endeavor.

Wine Pairings

Each season offers some opportunity, great or small, for the worlds of food and wine to have a graceful pas de deux.

German Wine Facts & Terms

German wine labels can be intimidating: long, foreign words and ornate script are enough to make many consumers head straight for a different section of the wine shop.

Italian Wine Facts & Terms

Italian tradition is so closely grafted to the vine that the good cheer and easy attitudes associated with wine culture are mirrored in the nation’s temperament.

French Wine Facts & Terms

The style of French wine echoes that of the French themselves—elegant, well-dressed, showing an appreciation for the good things of life but never to excess.

Varietal versus Appellation Labeling

Throughout Europe, wines are classified by vineyard, village and/or region where they are made. This appellation system is based on precisely defined wine regions, some as small as a single vineyard.

White Wine Information & Basics

Learn the varietal characteristics of white wine grapes.

Red Wine Information & Basics

Learn the varietal characteristics of red wine grapes.

Glassware and Serving Basics

Insisting on a good glass is not snobbery; it’s common sense.

How To Taste Wine

Learn to evaluate wine by sight, smell and taste.

Wine For Beginners

Learning to taste wine is no different than learning to really appreciate music or art—the pleasure you receive is proportionate to the effort you make.

New Wine Frontiers

Maltese wine finds footing in the United States.

Sangiovese Exceptionalism

With the 2007 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino, the quintessential Italian variety flaunts its best face. But the philosophy behind the qualitative supremacy of Sangiovese is often flawed.

Cocktail of the Month: Anselm Kiefer

The German Expressionist painter Anselm Kiefer is the inspiration for this tangy and refreshing cocktail. Its emphasis on tart and bitter flavors perfectly suits the artist, whose dark and complex paintings reflected his lifelong quest to transcend Germany’s troubled history through the healing power of art.

Q&A with Charles Curtis, MW, Head of Wine of Christie's Asia

The master of wine talks about the burgeoning Hong Kong wine market, landmark sales and China’s interest in wine.

Mixologist of the Month: Jim German

Owner/bartender at jimgermanbar, Waitsburg, Washington.

Riesling, in Many Languages

No matter where it’s grown, Riesling always has something interesting to say. These seven regions account for its most delicious, food-friendly expressions.

Red-Hot Sicily

A focus on quality over quantity, native grapes and a variety of microclimates is reinvigorating this rugged island at the center of Italian winemaking.

How To: Make Limoncello

This limoncello can be mixed into cocktails or enjoyed on its own.

The Artistry of Wine

The Montage Laguna Beach hotel in California offers wine tastings of a lifetime.

Over 21, Under 35

Haute wine bars and restaurants are increasingly catering to the under-30 oenophile.

Sicilian Winemaking Leads the Way

A new generation of educated, globally sophisticated winemakers is steering this timeless region into the 21st century with bold strokes.

Tuna Tartar Pairs with Sauvignon Blanc

This fresh, vibrant tuna tartar with buttery avocado and yuzu gelée loves the cutting acidity of a South African Chenin Blanc.

Destination: Île Saint-Louis

The heart of Paris beats on a small island in the Seine.

April's Top 10 Under $10

These wines represent some of the best inexpensive offerings we've tasted this month.

The Sierras' Rhône Warriors

These intrepid producers are making reputations for themselves and their region, one of California’s most diverse.

In Pursuit of the Superior Sandwich

Quality bread, high-end fillings and a special sauce—these are the key components to crafting your own mouthwatering gourmet sandwich.

Don't Buzzkill Your Wedding with Bad Wine

Seven steps to keeping costs down while at the same time serving your guests wine worth drinking.

Sugar Rush! Vodka’s New Sweet Tooth

Dessert-flavored vodkas are on the rise at a rapid rate.

At the Core of Apple Spirits

Artisanal apple brandies, liqueurs and ciders are on the rise.

Beyond the Chocolate Bunny

Celebrated pastry chef François Payard muses on Easter in his native France.

100 Years Later, Exploring Titanic’s Wine and Cocktails

Uncovering the Tiantic's beverage offerings.

Exotic Mexican Spirit Xtabentun Makes a Splash

This cocktail-friendly spirit is trending in the mixologist community.

Hong Kong Wine Bar Ramble

China's evolving interest in wine has resulted in refined wine bars.

Four Unforgettable Wines

These pours were life-altering for Jordan Salcito, wine director at Manhattan’s Crown restaurant.

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