July 2014

American Lagers for Independence Day

The perfect sip to accompany warm beach days, barbecues and fireworks? Beer, of course!

12 Must-Have Outdoor Items

Don’t sacrifice style when taking the party outdoors.

The Art of Wine

Wine Enthusiast ponders Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous claim that vino and verse are brothers in art.

4 Gin Cocktails for Summer

Gin’s diversity makes it a vital element in these seasonal cocktails.

New Barrel-Aged Vodka

The colorless classic is barreling toward your bar with a new hue.

One-Track Wine Lists

Guide to Hard Cider

We've created the ultimate guide to drinking down the best of the current boom.

11 American Gins to Try

Although London dry gins will never go out of style, the growing ranks of “New American” or “New Western” gins have made strong strides.

Peach Cocktail Recipe

Yes, it’s pretty to look at, but this beauty packs a punch.

24 Summer Rosés

No, rosé’s not just for summer any more, but we’ve yet to find a season that suits these refreshing, versatile wines any better. Grab our top picks while you can.

Kurt Russell on Wine

The Hollywood star talks exclusively to Wine Enthusiast about his passion for winemaking and his new tasting room in California.

7 Wine Faults to Look For

The Wine Enthusiast guide to sussing out that stink like a pro.

Coravin Voluntarily Halts Sales After Reports of Burst Bottles

Plus other news and notes in the world of wine, beer and spirits.

Auction Napa Valley 2014 Sets New Record

The Napa Valley Vintners event raised a record-breaking $18.7 million this year, up from last year’s whopping $16.9 million.

Southern Italy's New Wave Whites

For refreshing, terroir-driven white wines loaded with personality, look to Campania and Sicily.

America's 5 Best Beer Cities

Turn your summer escape into a beercation.

5 Artisanal Wine Producers

Once known for producing bulk wine, this region has become the playground of visionary, small-lot winemakers bottling some of California’s most exciting juice.

16 Top-Rated Provence Rosés

Versatile rosés from Provence are more popular than ever.

A Rosé by Any Other Name

This adaptable, refreshing pour is the perfect choice for summer.

Three Sweet European Drinks

Dry wines aren’t the answer for this season’s parched palates. Drink sweet instead.

5 Burger + Wine Pairings

Resist the beer peer pressure to unlock even more thrills from the grill.

Whiskey Milkshake Recipe

Prepare to drink down your new favorite summertime dessert, assuming you love whiskey, ice cream—and America!

Wine + Charcuterie Pairings

Chef-made charcuterie—one of wine’s oldest companions—is having a major moment on American menus.

Summer in Wine Country

Cookbook author Brigit Binns invites Wine Enthusiast into her rustic home in Paso Robles wine country, hosting an intimate summertime get-together that captures the gorgeous, simple charm of California.

NYC's 2nd Annual Red and White Bash

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.

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