July 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.

Tea is the Key

A jolt of minted black tea, the Bedouin welcome since the mythical age of Scheherazade, reveals a side of the Middle East far more nuanced than the headlines.

Mixologist of the Month: Maksym Pazuniak

The head bartender at The Counting Room in Brooklyn, New York, tells Wine Enthusiast about his mixology philosophy.

Sleeping With Strangers

This concoction mixes equal parts Campari, rhum agricole from Martinique and the recently resurrected rum-based liqueur Kronan Swedish Punsch for a bittersweet refreshment.

Apéritif Cocktails

Choosing libations with a lower alcohol content and a lighter touch doesn't mean sacrificing flavor or fun.

Looking into a Crystal Ball

Every year, pundits proclaim on the future of wine. Now it's my turn.

Falling in Love Again with Chardonnay

This grape variety has seen highs and lows, but today, high quality and diverse styles make enjoying it easier than ever.

Top Eight Wine Apps

With new wine apps launching every day––from individual wineries to massive retail databases––it’s easy to become overwhelmed. We’ve whittled it down to eight of the best.

The ABCs of Pairing Aromatic Whites

These spicy, floral and distinctive white wines are made for summer. But their extroverted personalities require extra care at the table.

Editor's Picks for July

Managing Editor Joe Czerwinski gives you the Best Buys from the Côtes du Rhône.

Sommelier Secrets: Olivier Flosse

Olivier Flosse of A Voce shows diners how to find incredible Italian wine bargains.

Tapas Fiesta

Tips for an easy night of summer entertaining without traveling to Spain.

Farm-to-Table Cocktails

Farmers’ markets are the new stomping grounds for mixologists searching for fresh ingredients—and ­inspiration—for the latest cocktails.

Cocktail-Crazy Charleston

This South Carolina city is undergoing a cocktail revival where fresh and custom ingredients are front and center.

Summer Lobster Salad with Sauvignon Blanc

Perfect for a small first course, this dish channels the summer through its ravishing colors and striking flavors.

Three Ultimate Chenin Blanc-and-Food Pairings

Wine Enthusiast turned to three South African Chenin Blanc producers for their tips on creating a perfect Chenin Blanc-and-food pairing for you to make at home.

Sonoma's Bounty

Northern California's easygoing county is a haven for wine and food lovers with a taste for variety.

Q&A with Seamus Dever

The TV star talks about wine travel, starting a collection and geeking out on dedicated wine nights.

Chenin Blanc Struts Its Stuff

South Africa’s iconic white wine has evolved into a multifaceted star, molded by the hands of inspired winemakers.

All-American Chardonnay

America's best-selling wine is better and more diverse than ever before.

Destination: Marrakech

The mysterious North African city of medieval fortresses and souks entrances visitors with fine wines and foods.

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