December-01 2012

Red and White Bash

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

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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.

Orange Liqueur Smackdown

Sizing up two top-notch selections from Cognac.

Overcoming a Wine Rut

John Mitchell, sommelier and wine director at Stella! in New Orleans, lends advice to those bored with standard sips.

Holiday Party Tips

Whether you're a guest or a host, here are some ways to make the holiday festivities a little bit smoother.

Shadowing a Three-Star Sommelier

A stint at New York City’s iconic restaurant Daniel yields three sommelier truths.

Travel Destination: Denver

Outdoor adventurers with a love of wine and food will find a vibrant scene in Colorado’s capital.

Mixologist of the Month: Michael Lay

This Monterey Bay-based cocktail innovator finds inspiration in his surroundings.

The Homestead

Fend off the cold with this spicy apéritif.

Los Angeles Wine Bars

Where to find the finest by-the-glass offerings in the City of Angels.

The Tasting Rooms of Wagram, Austria

This cool-climate wine region along the Danube River is packed with stops for the oenophile.

Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012

The best collectibles reviewed this year.

Chef Gerard Ford Craft on Modern Midwestern Cuisine

The executive chef and owner of Craft Restaurants in St. Louis elevates humble ingredients with prowess.

Baked Mac 'n' Cheese Complements Vouvray

A chef's sophisticated take on the classic comfort food incorporates Swiss chard and chanterelle mushrooms.

5 Misconceptions of Vintage Port

Think this fortified wine is only meant for old men sitting around tables in dusty London clubs? Think again.

December's Top 10 Under $10

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

Q&A with Carolyn Murphy, Model and Actress

The supermodel and wine lover reflects on her perfect wine-and-food pairing, and tippling Krug with Donatella Versace.

The Joy of Cellaring Wine

Often reserved for special occasions like the holidays, aged wines offer a unique window into the past.

When Yeasts Run Wild

Fashion aside, do indigenous yeast fermentations improve wine quality?

Home for the Holidays

Philadelphia-based Marc Vetri celebrates his Italian-style holidays with hearty winter foods that are so simple to prepare, you’ll spend time with your guests, not in your kitchen.

Gift-Giving 101

Our editors sound off on the perfect presents for the holidays.

Holiday Bookshelf

Great gifts for the literary wine lover.

Holiday Dinner Parties for the Wine Lover

Celebrations that marry great wine, food and a sense of fun.

Sparkling Wines for Any Budget

No matter your means, year-end holidays call for celebratory bubbles. Here are our editors’ current favorites.

How to: Make a Liqueur Foam

Add texture and flair to your cocktails.

Revolutionary Cocktail Lounges

At these new bars, you can drink like the founding fathers.

Plum-tastic Potable

Three new cocktails incorporate gin that's been macerated with the sweet, tangy fruit.

Sweet Spot: Fruitcake Fête

Much of the world celebrates the year-end holidays with fruitcake. Try this lighter, more flavorful and Sherry-friendly version.

Superluxe Food and Drinks

Wine's not the only commodity worthy of a splurge.

Top 10 Napa/Sonoma Breakfast Spots

Where to fuel up before a day of California wine tasting or to recover from too much the day before.

Cognac: Straight or Mixed?

Whether served neat or in innovative cocktails, this classic spirit is worth discovering, or revisting.

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