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Uncorkings 12.26.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Esteemed Wine Escapes

W.E. explores a wide variety of learning vacations to find the best places for travelers to hone their chef skills while indulging in fine wine.

The Bachelor Star on his Sonoma Property

Ben Flajnik and his buddies talk to W.E. about their Envolve wine brand.

Second Generation Stars Shine

Profiles of young and innovative winemakers in Washington and Oregon who are taking their classic wineries to the next level.

Veneto, Italy

Home to Venice, Padua, Verona and Vicenza, the Veneto offers the best of beautiful Italy and flaunts a good part of the country’s artistic patrimony.

Napa Valley, California

The wines of the Napa Valley are considered among the best in the world, but that’s only one reason to visit.

ProWein 2012 Returns in March

The annual wine and spirits trade fair expects another huge turnout.

Japan’s Saké Industry Fights Back

It’s been almost a year since a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan’s northern coast. What are saké insiders and eager volunteers doing to help get the community back on its feet?

Wine Flights with Flair

These few American eateries serve up innovative and educational wine flights.

Make Your New Year’s Eve Sparkle

W.E. gives you eight sparkling wines from California that are perfect for ringing in 2012.

Hotspot: Brasserie Beaumarchais

Inspired by the decadent nightlife scene in Saint Tropez, Brasserie Beaumarchais brings down the house one cocktail at a time.

Uncorkings 12.19.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Climate Control

Knowing the temperature that brings out the best in each wine will result in maximum appreciation—and enjoyment—of what’s in the glass.

A Night Out With Drew Bledsoe

Quarterback Drew Bledsoe dishes on his favorite wine and food pairing and holiday plans to W.E.'s Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen.

New California AVA Approved

Fort Ross-Seaview gets the Federal greenlight.

Portugal's Next Frontier

Referred to by some as the "New Portugal," the regions of Lisboa and Tejo are offering affordable, world-class wines.

Top-Scoring Unoaked California Chardonnays

These recommendations are 90-plus, skipping the butter and delivering pure Chardonnay flavor.

Uncorkings 12.12.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Q&A with Yao Ming

The basketball star brings Napa wine to China.

Raising a Glass to Support Japan

A YouTube campaign to drink Tohoku saké goes viral, bringing back celebrations of spring for a good cause.

A Vertical Tasting at Pride

Notes from a 20-year retrospective tasting event.

Not Quite Fur Season

The light vodka base of this warming cocktail gets a bite of bitter fruit and its golden color from the orange Italian apéritif Aperol and house-made marmalade.

Cardamaro

Not quite wine, not quite spirits, but the mellow best of both.

Perfect Manhattan

Using a bold, spicy 100% rye whiskey gives this classic Manhattan extra bite.

Mixologist of the Month: Trey Zoeller

The founder and master blender of Jefferson’s Bourbon.

The Enthusiast 100 of 2011

The must-have wines of the year.

Walla Walla Teams Up with Alaska Airlines

Travelers can now fly to Washington’s most visited wine destination and enjoy free tastings and waived baggage fees for purchased wines.

Uncorkings 12.5.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Wine Enthusiast Best of Year 2011

Our editors sound off on the most exciting wine, spirits, beer and culinary trends of 2011.

Top 25 Beers of 2011

Celebrating the best reviewed beers of this year.

Top 50 Spirits of 2011

Classics endure in an ever-changing landscape.

Wrap These Reads

These five books hit shelves just in time for the holiday season and make for great gifts.

Abruzzo’s Treasures

Dominated by scenic mountains and medieval hill towns that attract a multitude of visitors, Abruzzo’s biggest draw is the value wine it offers consumers.

Crossover Creations

In an effort to be more innovative, wineries, breweries and distilleries are embracing crossover concepts.

Uncorkings for 11.28.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Bonne Année Brunch

WE gives you the ultimate daytime party guide that includes a drinks and food menu, entertaining tips and décor ideas.

Banks Appoints New Winemaker and General Manager at Mulderbosch

Charles Banks makes Adam Mason winemaker and Chrianto Oosthuizen new general manager of the Stellenbosch property.

Dry Riesling Stakes Its Claim

With Riesling soaring in popularity, it’s time to dispel the myth that all German versions are sweet.

A Sommelier Gives San Diego the Spotlight

Elysian Hotel Sommelier Dan Pilkey dishes on why San Diego is a top destination for wine lovers.

Boisset Family Estates Buys Skalli Brands

The Boisset portfolio continues to expand with a significant purchase in France.

Bordeaux Wines Meet Their Match

Left Bank, Right Bank, red or white, dry or sweet—duck is the classic choice when it comes to pairing foods with the region’s wines.

Snapshot: What to Drink with Reality Television

Actress Ramona Singer of The Real Housewives of New York City, teams up with Opici Wines to create Ramona Pinot Grigio.

Uncorkings 11.21.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Gallo-backed Russian River Valley Expansion is Approved

Federal regulators approved a plan to expand the RRV appellation south to Cotati, adding more than 14,000 acres to the appellation’s current 155,000 acres.

Chilean Vinos Enhance Pork Chops

A range of the region's wines complement a pork chop, Basque peppers and crushed potato dinner.

Beaujolais Nouveau 2011

This year’s crop of the fruity French wine has arrived stateside.

Importer Connection Service Open for Submissions

A new entry opportunity for overseas brands while helping importers to expand portfolios.

Beer Country

A slew of brewpubs attract true beer devotees in Northern California wine country.

Sommelier Thanksgiving Day Sips

Wine Enthusiast tapped top wine experts from around the country to find out their ultimate wine and Thanksgiving dinner pairings.

Uncorkings 11.14.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Q&A with Emilio Estevez and Sonja Magdevski

The actor and winemaker talk about their boutique winery in Malibu, his upcoming film and their love of Spanish wine.

Sip and Ski in Vail

Wine lovers will find excellent off-slope drinking and dining in this Colorado culinary town.

Luxe Life: Vintage Wine Shop

This chic boutique combines fine wine and technology for the ultimate retail experience.

Dude Ranch Wining and Dining

W.E. gives you five Western ranches that promise nice digs, delicious food and top-notch wine programs.

Uncorkings for 11.7.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

A Tuscan Christmas Dinner

Wine Enthusiast Magazine gained a special sneak peek into the intimate holiday traditions of four prominent Tuscan wine families: the Antinoris, the Folonaris, the Frescobaldis and the Mazzeis.

Boisset Family Estates Buys Lockwood Vineyard

The international and expanding wine company purchases the California Central Coast vineyard.

2011 Wine Star Award Winners

Wine Enthusiast magazine honors individuals from every corner of the globe, representing varied mindsets, ethnicities, origins and generations.

New Mexican-American Vinterns Association Gears Up

This burgeoning association promotes wines produced by Mexican-American winemakers.

Fare Play: Joshua Applestone

The former chef (and vegan) on opening an old-fashioned butcher shop and how bacon is the “gateway meat.”

The Rothschilds and Antinori Launch New Wine Projects

Wines from two iconic families make a U.S. debut.

Uncorkings for 10.24.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Game Changer

Chef Daniel Boulud discusses his annual fall feast, and offers seasonal venison recipes for the home cook.

Pineau des Charentes

Will U.S. drinkers pine for Pineau?

Whither Bordeaux

A talk with Nancy Rugus, director of the Americas for Compagnie Médocaine Des Grands Crus, about the 2011 harvest.

Best Buys from South Africa

Assistant Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo selects ten top wines from this month's tastings that offer an exceptional quality-to-price ratio.

Drops of God Descend on America

The wine comic that took Asia by storm hits bookstores this week.

Uncorkings for 10.17.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Recipe of the Month: Leg of Lamb with Sumac Rub and Grilled Eggplant

This recipe combines Mediterranean and Asian flavors for an exotic twist on a holiday favorite.

Best Bets for Co-op Shopping

The co-op model is a powerful and historic force, keeping European wine prices low.

Fresh Picks

Try these delicious and easy-to-make apple-inspired libations for autumn.

Eric Trump, Owner, Trump Winery

The real estate visionary turns his eye to wine in Virginia.

Lavishing London

A new affection for chic Champagne and wine bars, local beer and homegrown gin comprises the city’s tourist landscape.

Uncorkings for 10.10.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Big Red

Christina Hendricks, brand ambassador, Johnnie Walker.

Constellation Buys Ruffino

Constellation Brands has now purchased 100 percent of the celebrated Italian brand Ruffino.

Destination: Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill

Southern sensibility, modern sophistication and higher learning blend in harmony.

Spooky Sips

This Halloween, try these cocktails that promise to raise spirits.

Ten Top American Oktoberfests

After wrapping up in Germany, the beer festival is in full effect in the U.S.

Uncorkings for 10.3.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Fare Play: Chef Dennis Vieira

On “bridging,” bucking tradition and Portuguese cooking—with white wine.

Top 100 Best Buys of 2011

Our exclusive ranking of the year's best values.

Moscato Goes Mainstream

A craving for all things sweet finds a silky option in the wine aisle.

The Gift of a Book

This holiday season, give one of these new releases to your favorite wine, spirits or culinary lover.

Four Seasonal Celebrations

Holiday parties for the wine lover.

Moroccan Whites Complement Roasted Duck Breast

Chef Meryem Cherkaoui melds French techniques with Moroccan to create a delicious duck that pairs perfectly with Les Coteaux de l'Atlas.

Wine Ink

Ever since Homer wrote about "a wine-dark sea," references to wine have flowed through literature. Here are some intoxicating musings of great authors through the centuries.

Seasonal Sweet Wines

This holiday season, try a sweetie with the bird.

Christmas Celebration Recipes

Celebrate Christmas by whipping up these festive dishes.

Hanukkah Celebration Recipes

Celebrate Hanukkah with these festive dishes.

Thanksgiving Celebration Recipes

Celebrate Thanksgiving with these festive recipes.

Q&A with Louis-Fabrice Latour, President of Maison Louis Latour

The innovative négociant talks about vintages, Burgundy bargains and his family legacy.

Uncorkings for 9.26.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Rum-Runner’s Renaissance

Rum labels new to U.S. drinkers are appearing at a growing number of bars across the country, so WE gives you a lineup of shiny new rum stars that you’ll want to try.

Mediterranean Magic

Surrounded by azure waters, Sardinia boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean—and some of the best viticulture.

Trend-Setters Toast in Miami

A fashionable crowd of more than 800 wine and food lovers gathered at the historic Moore Building for Wine Enthusiast’s signature wine and culinary event.

What’s So Special About East Oakville? Soil.

In Napa Valley’s most distinctive wine subregion, dirt makes the difference.

Manhattan's Fine & Rare Vintage Kosher Auction Attracts Crowd

The inaugural event in Manhattan on Thursday launched a new tradition for those looking to obtain the best kosher wines in the world.

Tips for Tailgating

WE gives you the best reds, whites and sparkling for your next parking lot party.
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