September 2012

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.

Chef James Oakley on Foraging

Foraging may be a hot—and some say tired—trend in the restaurant world, but for this Wales-based chef, it’s a true passion.

Bring on the Blueberry Wine

This grape wine alternative is loaded with antioxidants and juicy flavors.

September's Top 10 Under $10

These wines represent some of the best inexpensive offerings we've tasted this month.

Q&A with Nick Gislason, Winemaker, Screaming Eagle

The ambitious vintner discusses his ascent at the iconic winery.

Endless Summer

These tips are sure to add some sizzle to your final summer fêtes.

Fare Play: Chef James Oakley

Foraging may be a hot—and some say tired—trend in the restaurant world, but for this Wales-based chef, it’s a true passion.

Beware the Pursuit of Balance

Vintners worldwide are increasingly focused on achieving “balance” in their wines. Isn’t that a good thing?

Next Gen Mendo

These vintners are putting Mendocino back on the California wine map.

Long Island's New Wine Wave

Once seen as New York’s answer to Bordeaux, the island now yields a range of wine styles.

How To: Cocktail Onions

The saffron in Cadenhead’s Old Raj Gin is a perfect accompaniment to these homemade cocktail onions, especially in a Gibson made with Noilly Prat Vermouth.

Spirit Realm: A Little Wine with Your Whisky

Auchentoshan’s 1999 Vintage Bordeaux Cask Matured is entirely aged in wine barrels.

California's Highway 1, The Wine-Lovers' Route

One of the country’s most scenic drives boasts multiple stops for oenophiles.

Destination: Santa Fe

Nestled in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this Southwest town beckons with wine, fine food, art and opera.

Editor's Picks for September

Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa gives you her favorite red blends from Greece this month.

Perfect Seafood Pairings

The coastal Pacific Northwest’s bounty of cold-water seafood and food-friendly wine is the force behind the region’s land-meets-sea pairings.

Sancerre Complements Beefsteak Tomato Tower

At ‘21’ Club, this salad is artfully composed, but the elements can be combined more casually at home.

Make It and Take It Party

Host a bunch of budding amateur cocktailians for an evening of DIY mixology, complete with take-home treats to use in their home bars.

Mission Impossible Wine Pairing

Seju Yang, sommelier at David Bouley’s restaurant brushstroke in Manhattan, tells us his top Japanese kaiseki and wine pairing challenges.

Wine Insurance

Tips for protecting your vinous investment.

Celebrity Wine Roundtable

What happens when an actress, a rock star, a Broadway producer and a star tattoo artist convene for a blind tasting of wines as distinctive and eclectic as they are?

Francis Ford Coppola: From Feature Films to Fine Wine

The famed movie director recounts his Napa journey, culminating in the resuscitation of the historic Inglenook Estate.

Rebel Chef, Cocktail Prodigy

Although Russell Jackson is not a bartender, he developed some thought-provoking cocktails.

Chic Libations in Chi-Town

Chicago has ushered in glamorous, sophisticated lounges with highly skilled mixologists.

Bourbon & Berry

This original cocktail showcases early-autumn flavors while making sure the base spirit, a rye-driven Bourbon, doesn’t get overpowered by the berry-like character of the Sirah.

Music in the Cellar

Winemakers tell Wine Enthusiast which tunes they play to help inspire their winemaking process.

Toast of the Town Takes on Chicago

More than 2,000 attendees filled the historic Field Museum for Wine Enthusiast’s wine and food extravaganza.

Auction Napa Valley 2012 Raises a Healthy $8 Million

The successful 32nd annual charity wine auction attracted more than 800 attendees, including musicians, celebrity chefs and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s parents.

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