October 2009

One-Track Wine Lists

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

Cabernet Sauvignon

Pinot Noir

Scotch

Chardonnay

Whiskey

Bourbon

Vodka

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.

France

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.

Getting Started

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.

Evaluating Wine

How to judge a glass of wine by sight, smell and taste.

Italy

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.

Germany

German wine labels can be intimidating: long foreign words and ornate gothic script are enough to make many consumers head for a different section of the wine shop.

Glassware and Serving Basics

Insisting on a good glass is not snobbery; it’s common sense.

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.

Austria

Thanks to two grapes, and two wine styles, Austrian wine has an important presence on the international wine-making stage.

Spain

Today Spanish winemakers are making sought-after wines at almost every price and quality level, and in most of the country’s sixty-plus denominated regions.

Portugal

With the great strides in winemaking techniques and the results of great research into grape varieties and vineyard sites being put into practice, Portugal’s Port is entering a golden age. What makes Portugal so exciting at the moment, is that the same can now be said for Portuguese table wines.

California

California wines account for a 64 percent share of the United States wine market.

Washington

Though a distant second to California in terms of total production, Washington wines get more medals and higher scores and sell for lower average prices on a percentage basis.

Oregon

The pinot noirs of the northern Willamette valley have brought Oregon to the attention of the world.

Australia

To characterize all Australian wines as broad-shouldered, plum- and berry-flavored and high in alcohol is as short-sighted as saying that all Americans—from the Bronx to Alabama—have the same accent.

New Zealand

In recent years, the New Zealand wine industry has mushroomed in size like no other.

Chile

Chile is one of the world’s most aggressive exporters; its wines make it to nearly one hundred countries around the globe, with shipments to the United States leading the way.

Argentina

For all intents and purposes, Argentina’s wine industry was until fairly recently geared toward domestic consumption.

2009 Wine Star Award Winners

Uruguay

The calling-card grape for Uruguay is Tannat, a rustic variety hailing from Madiran in southwest France.

South Africa

South African wines are sold at an impressively good value, and the country offers styles and tastes that are special and—importantly—enjoyable.

Halloween Wine and Spirits

Creepy Cocktails

The Season 1 WINEMAKERS: Where They Are Now

A Farewell to David Lake, Washington Syrah Pioneer

Recipe: Caipirinha Sorbet

South Africa On the Radar

A New Kind of Shelf Talker

Pumpkin Parties

Sip for the Cure 2009

Ein Prosit for Oktoberfest 2009

A first-hand report from the Munich beer tents.

Cliff Lede Acquires Breggo Cellars

Recipe: Irish Smoked Salmon with Fresh Goat Cheese, Poached Eggs and Tarragon

Destination: Cambridge

Wine lovers find history, pedigree and welcome surprises in this storied academic town.

Canada

Canada's ice wines, marketed in super-tall, slim, 375 ml bottles, have brought it global acclaim.

Q&A with Wayne Gretzky, Hockey Legend

The Global Saké Bomb

Best Bets for the Bargain Wine Hunter

Seriously Good Mocktails

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