June 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.

The Bright Side of Rules and Regulations

Many of us chafe at big government paperwork, oversight, reports and anything that limits our freedoms. But many a wine devotee has benefited from wine region controls. Here’s how.

Bordeaux: A Family Affair

What does it mean to own some of the oldest and most important wine estates in the world? A look at the past, present and future, the pride and passion of the caretakers of the great chateaus.

Maipo: Chile's Cradle of Cabernet Sauvignon

Chile’s wine industry began more than 150 years ago in the Maipo Valley, and to this day Maipo is the source for the lion’s share of the country’s best wines.

Cheap Wine, Priceless Friendship

As great as wine is on its own, sharing it in good company makes it that much better. This is true even when the bottle is never opened.

Mixologist of the Month: Murray Stenson

The senior bartender at Seattle’s Zig Zag Café became a modern-day legend by working a couple of bars along a two-block stretch in Seattle.

Cocktail of the Month: Hot Charlotte

This refreshing cucumber and elderflower cocktail pays homage to Seattle-based bartender Murrary Stenson’s friend, Charlotte Voisey.

What Is Authentic Niçoise Cuisine?

Alain Allegretti, celebrated chef, Niçoise cooking advocate and Nice-born chef explores the secret Italian roots of French Provençal cooking.

Q&A with Yo La Tengo, Rock Band and Culinary Adventurers

A taste for new experiences drives the diverse band’s eating and drinking on tour and off.

All Fired Up for BBQ

The top barbecue stops to make on your next road trip.

Calistoga Wines Come of Age

As the 15th Napa Valley AVA, Calistoga's sharp heat results in some of the most delicious full-bodied, tannic red wines.

Banks 5 Island Rum

Inspired by Cognac, this rum is a blend.

Amaro: Sweet Truths of an Italian Bitter

These herbal spirits not only tantalize the palate and aid digestion but also affirm the friendships forged over fine wine and food.

Recipe of the Month: Braised Pork Belly with Watermelon Mint Salad & Ponzu Sauce

From Chef Charles Cho of B.E.S. (Boutique Eat Shop) in New York City, this vibrant, Asian-inflected dish balances rich, salty pork belly, sweet, cooling watermelon and refreshing mint.

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