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White (and Purple) Gold

The 10 Best Wineries of New Zealand

New Zealand's 11 wine regions are growing in popularity; wine is now the country's sixth-largest export. That's largely due to an explosion of styles beyond its well-recognized sauvignon blanc at some fantastic wineries.

The New Zealand Issue
A Partygoer's Best Friend

The Best Sparkling Wine Under $30

Here are ten of the best bottles of bubbly on the market. Give them, get them, and please, drink them with dinner.

Buying Guide
Wine so serious?

The Best Boxed Wines of 2014

We conducted a blind tasting of 16 of the best available boxed wine (8 white, 8 red). A few tasted like our worst box wine memories of yore: fermented juice boxes gone bad. But another few hinted at that 92-point bottle we keep stowed away in the cellar.

Buying Guide
Don't Call It Napa 2.0

New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Finds Its Way

At long last, New York's Finger Lakes wine region is gaining recognition, both nationally and abroad. Can the community preserve its identity in the face of looming challenges?

Uncorked
Not Poppin' Bottles

Wine Preservation’s Silver Bullet

Through crafty engineering, some physics, and one medically precise needle, the Coravin 1000 uncorks a world of wine possibilities (without pulling the cork).

Some very old wine indeed

Tasting Notes: Taylor Fladgate 1964 Single Harvest

Taylor Fladgate, one of the council of elders in the Port world, released a 50-year-old tawny port in 2014. In honor of our other stories about Portugal, we raised a glass of it.

The slow creep of one wine collector's addiction

More Mature With Age

I come from a family of beer drinkers, firmly rooted in the blue-collar heritage of my grandfather’s construction and carpentry business. My father likes to say that it was his own skill at unskilled labor that paid his way through college. He whole-heartedly embraced the craft beer movement. My brothers share his taste for the malt, but my passion has been for wine.

Uncorked
5 Great Wines Escape their Bottles

White Wine? Just Can It

We got our hands on five canned white wines to find out if they're a clever packaging solution or just an excuse to drink more white wine.

Tasting Notes
Drink Pink

A Learned Man’s Guide to Rose

Rosé season is upon us, and while we generally advocate for consumption of pink wine year round, the same warm weather that begs for draping oneself in white linen and opening too many shirt buttons demands the freshness of a crisp, vibrant rosé. Here are our ten favorites.

Buying Guide
In [hot] vino veritas

Mulled Wine, Three Ways

Mulled wine is the perfect drink for the holiday season: just pleasant and alcoholic enough to warm everyone up, but not like handing out rounds of high-octane Manhattans that could turn Thanksgiving dinner into an episode worthy of Jenny Jones. We tapped the expertise of Jane Elkins, former and current barkeep at some of New York City's best cocktail haunts, for three variations of mulled wine, each rooted in tradition and brushed up with ingenuity from behind her bar.

Full body, full wallet(?)

Want This, Get This: 2009 Chateau Petrus or 2011 Leonetti Merlot

You know the pinnacle of wine-making remains in France. Well, so do all those newly minted Chinese millionaires, and they’ve driven the price of Old World red wines sky high. This is especially true for top-end Bordeaux, which carry the highest cache among French wines. Those of us without a state-sponsored fortune, trust fund, or impending Wall Street bonus, however, have to look elsewhere for quality wine. Here are two splurge-caliber choices, made in the same style, of the same grape -- merlot -- though one comes without the inflation of appellation.

The man behind Israeli wine

30 Minutes With: Victor Schoenfeld

Victor Schoenfeld has been the Head Winemaker at Golan Heights Winery since 1992, where he’s spent time studying and understanding the terroir of northern Israel, building a groundbreaking vine propagation facility, and ultimately making wine that’s considered some of the best in Israel and in the world. Not bad for a guy who dropped out of high school. He told us all about that and more when we met him at the winery for their 30th anniversary celebration.

Q&A
12 gifts for the booze lover

12 Guys of Christmas: The Mixologist

The Mixologist’s gotten you into plenty of blissful adventures, most of which ended without real long term damage to your record or your marriage. He’s a passionate guy, and he knows his craft: beer, that is. Malts, mash, wheat, barley, rye, and oh yes, sweet sweet delicious hops — he sucks them all down, grinning...

Gift Guide
A bubbly worthy of Bond

Tasting Notes: Bollinger 002 for 007 Champagne

The truth is, we’ve never sipped an ounce of champagne from this silencer-inspired bottle of Bollinger 002 for 007 Limited Edition Champagne (~$160), which opens only when the code “007” is entered into the gimmicky combination lock. But we have been fortunate enough to taste this particular vintage of Bollinger La Grande Année 2002 once...

Copperhead road never imagined this one

Tasting Notes: Spodee

White Mule Farms had us hooked at “wine with a kick.” Spodee ($9+) combines prohibition history — one of our favorite eras — with a witch’s brew of flavors that does pretty well to defy genre and description. Its makers call it depression era hooch, but even they admit it’s a drink shrouded in secrecy;...

Tanin Toter

Zebag Wine Carrier

Leave it to the French to create a better way to schlep wine from chateau to chateau. Wrapped-up in its hexagon tote form, the Zebag can hold and insulate six bottles securely. When not on the move, the carrier can unroll into “bar mode”, functioning as an 11 bottle rack, or simply hang in a...

For winos on the go

Jet Bag Wine Pouch

Thanks to the airlines/TSA imposing a liquid lockdown, stowing your favorite vintage on flights takes serious cojones. So, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: “does my checked luggage feel lucky, punk?” Using a Jetbag ($15, 3 pack) can make the proposition slightly less risky. Each re-sealable zip bag is padded with the same absorbent...

Make Every Bottle A Screw Top

Bosch IXO Vino Cordless Screwdriver

In case you’re looking for an excuse to own yet another electric screwdriver look no further than the Bosch IXO Vino Cordless Lithium-Ion Screwdriver ($60). The driver includes an exclusive corkscrew attachment to make bottle popping a snap and even ships with a wooden box to fit in with the barback crowd. Of course, that...

A Wino's Fixture of Choice

Pottery Barn Wine Bottle Chandelier

Distinctive in every sense of the word, this Wine Bottle Chandelier from Pottery Barn ($399) is a creative fixture any wine lover can appreciate. Weighing 30 pounds and measuring 18″ in diameter, 33″ high, with a 6 foot chain for hanging, this chandelier is a manageable dining room table friendly size that won’t give those...

12 Bottle Storage in One Small Tower

Fuji Mahogany Finish 3 Layer Wine Rack

Today’s wine accessory pick joins our ongoing list of wine gear by being both incredibly affordable and particularly space conscious. Made from solid wood and coated in a Mahogany finish, this slim mini wine tower measures Overall: 9½”(W) x 9½”(D) x 28″(H) and has a max capacity of 12 bottle. A great choice for apartment...

Storvino Modular Wine Storage System

If you keep more than two or three bottles of wine at home it’s time for a wine rack. If you’re like me then you probably prefer keeping them out of sight than some cheesy pompous wine rack that does nothing but show you’re more interested in displaying bottles than knowing what they taste like....

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