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This just in from PUNCH's "Crib Sheet," your monthly shortcut to what's hot in wine right now, in four bottles, courtesy of Jon Bonné.This month: the Canary Islands, the Spanish archipelago off Africa that is home to a grab bag of volcanic wines. Read the article here! ...
Two of our wines were amongst the top selections in the recent “Wine Without Walls” competition at Vinitaly this year. This is a new competition that was established by Alice Feiring, who was one of the judges. The competition focused on natural wines. The other judges were Pascaline Lepeltier from Rouge Tomate, Diego Sorba from Tabarro, Pietro Vergano from Convivium and Mike Bennie—consultant and writer. To be eligible the wine had to be organic and have no additives or adjustments--except minimal So2.   Our two wines were:·      ...
  Among the few industries in the United States that have survived all the shifts in generations, technology, fashion, social change, wars, industrial advances, collapse, and rebirth, few have done so as well as wine. The first Europeans to explore the United States around 1000, Vikings, called it Vinland due to the incredible quantity of grapes they found growing there.  In the 1560’s, French Huguenots made the first recorded wines, in what would now be Jacksonville, Florida. The early colonies in Virginia and the Carolinas included winemaking as a goal in their charters ...
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 20 reposado tequilas with a panel of 17 judges. Strict tasting rules were applied, and the scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. Take a look at which Tequila is at the top of the list!   ...
Photos by Will Bucklin
Old Hill Ranch is a special haven of California’s history. Planted in the mid 1800’s, it is in the running for the oldest vineyard in Sonoma. It has been dry-farmed, organically farmed, and meticulously preserved by the Bucklin family over the most recent decades of its long life.   ...
German Pinot Noir (a.k.a., Spätburgunder) has been receiving attention from many quarters lately, some within the trade (Jancis Robinson, John Gilman, Tyler Coleman, Jon Bonné), and some in the mainstream (Forbes Magazine’s #1 trending wine topic for 2016). At a time when Burgundy prices have skyrocketed out of reach for many consumers and American Pinots seem to be following suit, Germany is suddenly looking like an untapped goldmine of well-made, well-priced, terroir-driven Pinot. What are the salient characteristics of German Pinot, versus its American and ...
Photos by Great Lakes Distillery
Thanks for pointing out how delicious our Pumpkin Spirit is, Eater! Check out the write up hereTry it in:Pumpkin Maple Old Fashioned2 oz Pumpkin Spirit1/2 oz pure maple syrup2 dashes Angostura bitterssmall disc of orange zest  ~Over a mixing glass squeeze orange zest through a flame to expel burnt oils into the glass. Drop into glass.  Add Pumpkin Spirit, maple syrup, and bitters to glass. Fill with ice, stir for 30 seconds. Strain into chilled rocks glass. Garnish with orange zest spiral. ...
Photos by Hadley Foss
The top of Pico del Ingles on Tenerife, with a view of the Atlantic. Close your eyes. Imagine standing on one of the world’s largest volcanoes, wiggling its black volcanic sand between your toes and looking out over the expanse of blue ocean before you… all while tasting wine from grapes that are planted nowhere else in the world, all grown on 100% Pie Franco rootstocks. Where on earth could such a fantastical vignette take place? There’s only one place: the Canary Islands. Known to Homer as Elysium and to the explorers of the Age of Exploration as the last place to ...
2013 German Vintage Report  By Evan Spingarn, German Brand Manager at DBW I just attended the VDP Mainzer Weinborse (the annual tasting in Mainz, Germany of the top 200 growers in the country) and made a few key visits to winemakers in the Rheingau, Rheinhessen and Nahe. Here are my raw, earliest observations to share with you about the decidedly wacky 2013 vintage. Remember 2010? Get ready for its short, nervy, slightly A.D.D. younger brother. The main things for which the 2013 vintage will be remembered are its precipitously low yields and ragingly HIGH ACID. You can’t taste a ...
Vineyards at Los Bermejos Monday March 17th*A SPECIAL MONDAY TASTING AT CHAMBERS ST. WINES: THE INCREDIBLE WINES OF BERMEJOS!5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM 148 Chambers St. (Tribeca). Free and open to the public. For more information: https://www.chambersstwines.com/Tuesday March 18th:*WINE DINNER AT CulinAriane IN MONTCLAIR, NJ FEATURING STAR MEURSAULT PRODUCER DOMAINE VINCENT LATOURCulinAriane, 33 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ. For more information: http://www.amantivino.com/calendar/event?eventid=19803&category=&page_title=&id=BsguFwT5Wednesday March 19th:*DINNER AT COSTATA: A ...