Godforsaken Grapes: A Slightly Tipsy Journey through the World of Strange, Obscure, and Underappreciated Wines, will be published by Abrams Press in Spring 2018. Pre-order it today!
“Real men” can, in fact, drink white wine.
In the Alps, viticulture geeks save and preserve rare and obscure wines.
How do you sell off-the-beaten path wines?
With gimmicks and gusto, wine bars get more creative.
The riesling backlash begins.
It worked for kale. Will it finally help wine drinkers appreciate the notoriously polarizing “spiced” Traminer?
Hopes of the wine industry rest on millennial shoulders.
I like obscure wines like xinomavro and agiorgitiko. And I don’t care what Robert Parker says.
Whatever happened to viognier becoming the next big thing?
Austrian grapes like blaufränkisch, Sankt Laurent, and zweigelt are obscure, but lovable — and they make incredibly drinkable reds.
I visit the prosecco region as its makers scramble to protect the name.
Can you learn to taste wine from a $130 kit? Well…
Taking a closer look at the Slow Wine movement.
Getting to know sangiovese by another name.
What will wine critics look like in a post-Parker world?
When will consumers finally discover the value in Portuguese wines? I’ve been waiting for, oh, two decades.
Summer of Riesling? Been there, done that.
It wasn’t my first glass of wine, but a strange, rustic red was my first real wine experience. And it turns out I was entirely wrong about it.
Mineral and a bit strange, nothing goes with mollusks like muscadet.
Sales of rosé wine are exploding. The quality has never been better. So why are there still so many haters?
A perfect complement to grilling, dolcetto is a red wine made for summer.
Amid a Bordeaux backlash, does the world’s most famous wine region have anything for the 99 percent?
In Alto Adige, bottles to make you forget blasé pinot grigio.
As another Summer of Riesling comes to a close, exploring the endless debate over sweet and dry riesling.
Among wine people, it feels vaguely embarrassing to admit that you enjoy petite sirah. But why shouldn’t it get more love?
Sauternes is a sweet wine, but there’s more to it.
The future of wine advertising.
Everyone’s been talking about Loire Valley wines for the past few years. So why don’t we see more on shelves?
Outside of Rioja, wines that defy our usual conception of what tempranillo can be.
Port makers want their U.S. market to grow, but you try selling delayed gratification to a bunch of Americans.
Rediscovering carménère and my misguided youth.
How Soave is shedding its bad reputation to become one of Italy’s most interesting white wines.
The red wines of Southwest France aren’t well known. But you don’t have to be a wine geek to enjoy them.
Mountain red wines as obscure as they get.
Who says you can’t drink white wine after Labor Day?
But maybe you should. Bring the element of surprise to your Thanksgiving wine.
Enough with the Beaujolais Nouveau already. This month, resist, and roll with the cru instead.
Bottles to make you rethink what “Australian Wine” means.
There’s more to New Jersey wines than fruit wines.
Bubbly alternatives for your New Years Eve celebrations.
At least when it comes to wine…
Or why 14 percent is considered OK, and 14.1 is the end of the world.