My preference is to taste wines where they are made, but in the case of smaller producers, this may not always be possible. On my most recent trip to California, I took advantage of local tasting rooms. I particularly liked The Los Olivos Tasting Room (five miles from Santa Ynez), where Chris Benzinger offers selections [...]
One of the hallmarks of your career was the recognition that wine has to be stored properly, especially in transport. How have your views on this changed—if at all—over the years? It sounds easy, stored properly in transport, but it has been a battle ever since I experienced what heat can do to a fine [...]
For most connoisseurs, the idea of sipping a Mexican wine likely inspires feelings of curiosity at best. Far more famous for Jose Cuervo and Corona than Cabernet, Mexico has yet to develop a reputation as a fine wine-producing country, internationally or even domestically. Nevertheless, a number of wineries are quietly crafting some surprisingly delicious [...]
Sierra Madre Vineyard is the top-selling (and reordered) boutique Pinot Noir among Hideaway Report readers. For wine lovers who missed the initial offerings of “cult” Pinots such as Kosta Browne or Sea Smoke several years ago, we humbly suggest this rising star. Porthos is currently offering the Sierra Madre Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 [...]
During our recent visit to Barboursville Vineyards, founded in 1976 by Gianni Zonin, we had the opportunity to taste several wines not usually available for sampling in the tasting room. Energetic winemaker Luca Paschina has worked with Barboursville for more than 20 years now, and his knowledge of the terroir and his care with [...]
Sedona is much more famous for its red rocks than its red wines, but someday that may change. On my recent visit to Arizona, I was amazed by the quality of the local wines I tasted. To be sure, some turned out to be overheated fruit bombs, but many more proved to be restrained, balanced and delicious.
My recent trip to Maine, as detailed in this month’s Hideaway Report, certainly rewarded my search for interesting wines and spirits. An easy drive from Camden in Lincolnville, Cellardoor Winery (367 Youngtown Road; Tel. (207) 763-4478) rivals some facilities I’ve seen in Napa, with a barn-like tasting room filled with books and wine-related items for [...]
It’s great fun to visit Tuscan wineries and do some tastings, but it’s another experience entirely to blend your own wine with the help of a local oenologist. If you’re an Andrew Harper member, the Travel Office can – in conjunction with our travel partner Absolute Italy – arrange for you to spend the day in a winery in the Chianti countryside.
Like the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, the collaboration between Food & Wine magazine and C3 Presents (the company behind Austin City Limits Music Festival) features a schedule of top-tier chefs, James Beard Foundation Award winners and nominees, and promise to draw a host of food and wine aficionados to the festival.