February 2011

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.

Chile’s Standouts From a Year to Remember

30 top wines to buy now.

Fare Play: Béarnaise, Revisited

Why this staple French sauce is at the heart of so many culinary debates.

The State of Wine

Wine Market Council and The Nielsen Company present their annual report on the state of wine in America.

Move Over, Mezcal

Sotol arrives in U.S. bars.

Recipe of the Month: Grilled Lamb

Chef Oded Schwartzbard, who runs the kitchen at Torrance Restaurant in The Scots Hotel, Tiberius, Israel, demonstrated this simple and aromatic dish at this year’s Yarden Vintage Festival.

Uncorkings 1.31.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Thailand Tourism

At little known wineries, welcoming staff offer sumptuous sips of Chenin Blanc and chefs show off Thai dishes paired with local varieties.

The Hittite Wine Jug

Holding history in my hands, I wonder how modern wines would taste in a clay container.

California Winemaker Dives

An insider’s look at the places wine pros go to kick back, chow down and drink up.

Best Buy Cheat Sheet

Take this list of value superstars with you on your next shopping spree.

2008 Vintage Ports

The latest vintage offers value wines that are fruit-forward, balanced and ready to drink now.

Boom Time Argentina

Sales are up, visitors are coming in droves, and Argentina’s wines are no longer fighting for recognition. It’s glory days in the shadows of the Andes.

Visiting Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza has a slew of new restaurants, lodging, wineries and tour guides eager to shuttle around the increasing number of visitors.

Undiscovered Wine Regions

Not literally undiscovered, but certainly overlooked, these off-the-radar destinations are well worth a visit.

Saké Beyond Sushi

A chef and saké sommelier break boundaries with an East meets West pairing menu.

Saké 101

As saké lists lengthen with seemingly indecipherable options, even the most enterprising saké enthusiast is bound to be a little stumped.

2010 Wine Star Awards Ceremony

Wine Enthusiast Magazine honors wine industry luminaries from around the world at The New York Public Library on Monday evening.

Florentine Hideouts

Beyond myriad sightseeing options and countless boutiques, this Italian’s city;s drink spots and restaurants are must-sees.

A Farewell to Ronald J. Fonté

The founder and chairman of the consumer wine organization Les Amis du Vin passes away at the age of 64.

Seasonal Dishes From San Francisco

Many flock to Comstock Saloon for authentic period-inspired cocktails, but are lured back by the creative fare of chef Carlo Espinas.

Boston Bar Crawls

Beantowns’s drinking dens have taken to the ethos of providing goers with a choice in liquid refreshment, be it spirit, beer, wine or cocktail.

Beyond Coq au Vin

Chefs are enhancing their recipes with wine, and cooking with vino goes beyond Coq au Vin.

Q&A: May-eliane De Lencquesaing, Bordeaux Wine Visionary

Brave Old World: The restless former owner of France’s Château Pichon-Lalande tells us why screw caps, Shiraz and South Africa’s Cape are the future.

Bill Samuels Jr. To Retire

The president of Maker’s Mark will take on the new role of chairman emeritus for the brand known for its iconic red wax-capped bottles.

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Hits Market

The first single-barrel Bourbon product from the Knob Creek brand will be available in February.

Fare Play: Michael Laiskonis, World-Class Pastry Chef

Chefs who choose to share their secrets may be rewarded with an even greater legacy.

Uncorkings 1.10.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Pairings: Vegetables, Sancerrely

France’s lively and aromatic white also has the lift to pair with spicy dishes.

Donatiello Leaves Hambrecht Wine Group

Chris Donatiello has severed his association with Hambrecht Wine Group, where he was CEO.

Trincheros Donate Thousands of Acres to Napa County

Donation will preserve a sizable stretch of the eastern valley.

Banfi Buys Pacific Rim

The Washington-based winery has been bought by the Mariani family of New York.

150th Hospices de Beaune

The anniversary auction raised more than 5 million euros as well as being granted a UNESCO honor.

Hospices Recipes

Bring the spirit of this French gastronomic celebration to your home.

What to Buy and Drink in 2011

WE gives you the latest advice on what to buy and what to drink in 2011 from our expert team of contributors.

Reflections on Brunello

Reviews of Brunello 2006 and reflections on the future.

A Farewell to Ab Simon

The importer who brought fine Bordeaux to American wine devotees passes away at 88.

Brunello di Montalcino 2006—a 93-point vintage

Get a first peek at the scores of the newest wine releases.

Uncorkings 1.3.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Destination: Middleburg

Mark down this Virginia town for polo wine bars and historic country inns.

The Cuisine of Rajasthan

India’s Land of the Kings has evolved fare with spice-infused flavors that welcome myriad wines from around the globe.

New Year's Eve Party Places

Whether you’re beach-side in Barcelona or braving the weather to watch the ball drop in Times Square, we found a few places to clink your glasses and sip the rarest champagnes, cordials and wines at the stroke of midnight.

Superbowl Snacks

Whether preparing for a game-day bash or couch surfing with friends, these party snacks are all winners.

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