Wines Great  & Small

Photography by Cordero Studios Styling by Alicia Buszczak ​ Moving beyond the 750 ml bottle, celebrated vintages range from splits to Melchiors.  There is an old saying that everything is better in magnum. Certainly that is true of wine. But magnums, or 1.5-liter bottles, are not the only size with advantages. The half bottle, for instance, […]

Hosts Guide Holiday 2013: Season’s Sipping

The 18th-century Swiss writer, composer, and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote, “I have always said and felt that true enjoyment cannot be described.” Though the celebrated father of modern autobiography and author of Reveries of a Solitary Walker was probably not contemplating the sublime experience of savoring the nuances and subtleties of a glass of Bordeaux […]

Ancient Roots, Modern Vines: Italy

Its traditions are ancient, but the modern nation of Italy is a relatively recent invention. Just as the United States was torn by civil war in 1861, the disparate Italian states were being unified under Victor Emmanuel II, whom the new parliament proclaimed king. The government declared Rome its new capital, yet the city-states of […]

The Big Valley: Rhône

There is an old saying that, if it smells like a Bordeaux and tastes like a Burgundy, it must be a Rhône. Indeed, the wines of this southern region of France strike an interesting medium between the lushness of those from Pauillac and Pomerol and the exquisitely structured austerity of those grown in the Côte […]

Tiny Bubbles: Champagne

Although the wines of Champagne are all too easy to sip, they are actually quite difficult to make. Yet these adversities are partly responsible for the creation of the sparkling wines that have come to define this cool countryside, which lies east of Paris. Historically, Champagne’s cold climate—unlike that of any other major wine-producing region—would […]

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