Godforsaken Grapes

Abrams Press

Godforsaken Grapes: A Slightly Tipsy Journey through the World of Strange, Obscure, and Underappreciated Wines, will be published by Abrams Press on April 24. Pre-order it today!


Geek Factor

Beverage Media

How do you sell off-the-beaten path wines?


Rebranding Gewürztraminer

Harpers Wine & Spirit

It worked for kale. Will it finally help wine drinkers appreciate the notoriously polarizing “spiced” Traminer?


Greek to Me

Table Matters

I like obscure wines like xinomavro and agiorgitiko. And I don’t care what Robert Parker says.


Vexing Viognier

Harpers Wine & Spirit

Whatever happened to viognier becoming the next big thing?


Ein, Zweigelt, Drei

Table Matters

Austrian grapes like blaufränkisch, Sankt Laurent, and zweigelt are obscure, but lovable — and they make incredibly drinkable reds.


On the Nose

The Smart Set

Can you learn to taste wine from a $130 kit? Well…


Old Europe on the Cheap

Table Matters

When will consumers finally discover the value in Portuguese wines? I’ve been waiting for, oh, two decades.


The First Taste

Table Matters

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.


In The Pink

Harpers Wine & Spirit

Sales of rosé wine are exploding. The quality has never been better. So why are there still so many haters?


A Modest Proposal

The Smart Set

Amid a Bordeaux backlash, does the world’s most famous wine region have anything for the 99 percent?


The Sweet and the Dry

Table Matters

As another Summer of Riesling comes to a close, exploring the endless debate over sweet and dry riesling.


Petite Sirah Deserves Some Love

Washington Post

Among wine people, it feels vaguely embarrassing to admit that you enjoy petite sirah. But why shouldn’t it get more love?


Lust for Loire

Everyone’s been talking about Loire Valley wines for the past few years. So why don’t we see more on shelves?


Port Authority

The Smart Set

Port makers want their U.S. market to grow, but you try selling delayed gratification to a bunch of Americans.


Oh So Soave

Washington Post

How Soave is shedding its bad reputation to become one of Italy’s most interesting white wines.


Southwest Exposure

Washington Post

The red wines of Southwest France aren’t well known. But you don’t have to be a wine geek to enjoy them.


Motley Cru

Table Matters

Enough with the Beaujolais Nouveau already. This month, resist, and roll with the cru instead.