May 2010

Blue Skies Over the Napa Valley

Many predicted that a number of Napa Valley wineries would fail during the recession. Knock wood, but it appears that they weathered the storm quite well.

Bar Brands

Whether for general consumption or in-house imbibing only, bars are increasingly launching their own bespoke liquor products.

Recipes by Rosengarten: Szechuan Shrimp with Chili and Garlic Sauce

This Chinese wok-fried dish is a fiery hit.

UnCorkings 5/31/10

Top industry stories of last week.

Recipe: Sex and the City Cocktails

Honors for Wine Enthusiast Editors

Steve Heimoff and Paul Gregutt nominated for American Wine Blog Awards.

Mr. Big’s Wine of Choice

Chimney Rock from Napa’s Stags Leap District makes second Sex and the City cameo.

And Here We Grill Again

Five crucial tips for those firing up this Memorial Day.

Top Beers of May 2010

Let's hear it for the lupulin!

Restaurant Recipe: Grilled Wild Boar Loin with Cannellini Bean, Uccelletto Style

A traditional Florentine dish from Temecula, California.

Sparklers at the Dinner Table

Champagne, Prosecco, Cava—sparkling wines have the complexity and variety to accompany an entire multi-course meal. Here’s the what, where, when and why.

Around the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, in Five Drinks

Top tipples of the gala, as selected by Wine Enthusiast's spirits reviewer Kara Newman.

Uncorkings for 5/24/2010

Top industry stories of last week.

Best Buys for May

Italian Editor Monica Larner picks 10 value wines for the month.

Pairing Myths Debunked

Six common misconceptions about serving wine with food.

Restaurant Recipe: Pan Fried Quail with Peach Chutney and Sweet and Sour Peaches

From Gordon Ramsay's maze, located in Cape Town, South Africa’s One and Only hotel.

Big Love for the Big Easy

Noteworthy newcomers, the classics and other recommended restaurants in New Orleans.

Uncorkings 5/17/10

Top industry stories of the week.

Brewtinis

Ever-inventive mixologists have been experimenting with beer, inspiring a new round of cocktail creativity.

Recipe: Beignets

A New Orleans specialty, these light and airy deep-fried puff balls comprise one of America’s best variations on the doughnut.

Wine vs. Nature

In the battle against extreme conditions, wine sometimes wins.

Recipe: Blackeyed Pea and Pork Gumbo

From big time Big Easy chef Donald Link.

A Culinary Tour of Paso Robles

Farm-fresh, locally sourced cuisine reigns supreme in this rustic Central Coast AVA.

A Chilean Carmenère Tops Napa, Bordeaux and Tuscany in NY Tasting

Kai 2006, made by Viña Errazuriz, was voted best in show at an exclusive 10-wine competition.

The Wine Roads of Oregon

From Portland to the rustic hills of Chehalem, great wines, food and hospitality await the intrepid wine trekker.

Party Wine on a Budget

Five tips for choosing wines that will make the night but won’t break the bank.

Uncorkings for 5/10/10

Top industry stories of the week.

Vaults for your Malts

At Washington, DC’s AGAINN, your favorite bottle of whisky is both coddled and revered.

Floral Cocktails for Mother's Day

Delight mom with one of these scentful sips.

Good Food and Drink at the Pub

A cornish herring recipe from the Cotswolds, with beer recommendations.

The Lowdown on Restaurant Markups

The inside story on why and how restaurants price their wines.

DFV Wines Buys Napa’s Black Stallion

The acquisition lets DFV compete in the ultra-premium Napa sector.

Uncorkings for 05/03/2010

Top industry stories of the week.

Toloache's Fruit Guacamole with Chips

A zesty but sweet treat that pairs perfectly with a margarita.

Five Wines for Cinco de Mayo

Sips that stand up to the complex flavors and vibrant spices of traditional Mexican cuisine.

Video Story: Louis XIII Rare Cask 43,8 Cognac

Rémy Martin's most exclusive Cognac bottling to date.

Hot Blooded

The undying vampire craze hits the beverage market.

Wine 101: Pairing Red Wine with Fish

The secrets to success.

Bold is Beautiful

The problems of the wine industry, and the economy in general, may be easing, but to succeed in the future, innovation and daring will be business as usual.

Uncorkings for 4/26/2010

Top industry stories of the week.

First Steps for Napa Valley Vine Trail Completed

The multiuse path from Vallejo to Calistoga will traverse some of Napa’s most famous vineyards and wineries.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Brown Butter Vinaigrette

The much-maligned mini cabbage could be just the thing for spring.

California Grape Acreage at All Time High

Highlights and factoids from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s annual report.

The Game(s) of Wine

Test your vino I.Q. with these grape-inspired games.

Uncorkings for 4/19/2010

Top industry stories of the week.

The Root of Great Cocktails

Whether it’s candied, grated, simmered or even smoked, ginger is a hot trend behind the bar right now.

A Couple of Lagers to Beat the (Upcoming) Heat

Although the hot summer season is still months away, April is a great time to take a look at some of the beer styles you should come to know and love.