May 2010

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.

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.

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!

Mr. Big’s Wine of Choice

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

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.

Brewtinis

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

Uncorkings 5/17/10

Top industry stories of the week.

Wine vs. Nature

In the battle against extreme conditions, wine sometimes wins.

Recipe: Beignets

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

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.

The Wine Roads of Oregon

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

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.

Party Wine on a Budget

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

Vaults for your Malts

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

Uncorkings for 5/10/10

Top industry stories of the week.

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.

Wines of Cyprus: Nectar of the Gods

Cyprus is reinventing itself as a premium wine producer, with millennia of winemaking history behind it to pave the way.

Toloache's Fruit Guacamole with Chips

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

Uncorkings for 05/03/2010

Top industry stories of the week.

Five Wines for Cinco de Mayo

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

Burgundy in the South Pacific

For many consumers New Zealand is synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc, but many of the country’s best wines come from the Burgundy twins: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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.

Uncorkings for 4/26/2010

Top industry stories of the week.

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.

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.

California Grape Acreage at All Time High

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

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Brown Butter Vinaigrette

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

A Day in the Life of a Chateau

An inside look at the minute-to-minute decisions and day-after-day labors that create lightning in a bottle.

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.

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