Tag: Wines

Black Wine Professionals Demand to Be Seen

TJ Douglas and his wife, Hadley, own Urban Grape, a thriving wine shop in the South End neighborhood of Boston. Before the pandemic, a regular internet customer with whom Mr. Douglas had had many discussions online about wine, walked into the shop for the first time. The customer, who was white, had come specifically to […]

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The Pandemic Work Diary of a Napa C.E.O.

Carlton McCoy, the chief executive of the storied Heitz Cellar in Napa Valley, Calif., is used to being the only black man in the room. Out of nearly 300 master sommeliers in the United States, Mr. McCoy, 36, is one of just three African-Americans. “Wine is marketed as luxurious, even entry-level pinot grigio,” he said. […]

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As Travel Resumes, Wineries, Cooking Schools and Others Get Creative

There’s a constant stream of news around reopenings, from workplaces and beaches to hair salons and entire countries. But few plans are as complex as those surrounding the food-and-beverage industry, one of the harder hit sectors in these months of Covid-19-driven shutdowns. Much talk has focused on bars and restaurants and the complicated geometry required […]

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10 Great Bottles of Italian White Wine Under $25

Regardless of the ubiquity of pinot grigio and Prosecco, the antiquated notion of Italy as solely a red wine culture retains its tenacious grip on the imagination. It was not true 20 years ago, and it’s not true today. Italy makes more wine than any other country on earth, and it might surprise you, as […]

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The Grapelord of Napa Faces a Threat Worse Than Plague

One balmy winter afternoon, Andy Beckstoffer, a grape grower who has done more than nearly anyone to shape the premium U.S. wine industry, was sitting in Mustard’s, a restaurant in Napa Valley that is a kind of clubhouse for the vintner class. Although Beckstoffer Vineyards, the largest private grower in California, had recently set a […]

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In Pairing Wine and Food, Experience Is the Best Teacher

Pairing wine with food has come to symbolize much of the intimidation, apprehension and pretension that, for many people, intrude on the elemental enjoyment of a good bottle. Why? Because the notion that you require books, apps and arcane charts and graphs to determine which sort of wine will mesh with the characteristics of a […]

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France Defines Natural Wine, but Is That Enough?

Natural wine is healthy and pure; natural wine is wretched and horrible. It’s the future of wine; it’s the death of wine. For 15 years, natural wine has been a contentious time bomb that has divided many in the wine community, creating conflicts fought with the sort of anger that stems only from extreme defensiveness. […]

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It’s No Crime to Drink Wine by Yourself

In short order, the world has changed, and so has the thinking about public gatherings. Parties have been postponed. Restaurants have closed, and we have had to reconsider such commonplace activities as gathering with our friends. Under orders to socially distance ourselves, isolate and even self-quarantine, communal activities cannot be taken for granted. And what’s […]

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Those Long Lines? People Stocking the Liquor Cabinet, Not the Pantry

People have been clearing grocery aisles of toilet paper, peanut butter and pasta as they prepare to hunker down at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, liquor is the next must-have item for many consumers wondering how they are going to cope during the current global public health crisis. Suddenly, having a well-stocked liquor cabinet […]

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Warming Winter (Almost) Cuts Off a Sweet Wine Tradition in Germany

BERLIN — The tradition has persisted for nearly two centuries in what is now Germany, through wars, epidemics and revolutions. Before dawn on the bitterest of winter mornings, vintners harvest grapes that are frozen on the vine, pressing them before they thaw to produce a small quantity of exquisitely concentrated sweet white wine. But this […]

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India’s Wine Country: A Charming Work in Progress

After a bumpy ride on broken, barely paved roads through Nashik’s dusty farm country, my family finally arrived at Grover Zampa Vineyards. At least, that’s what Google Maps told us. One of India’s oldest and best wineries looked more like a construction site that had been abandoned mid-project: An open-sided building was surrounded by concrete […]

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Trump Administration Will Raise Tariffs on European Aircraft

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said it would raise tariffs on European aircraft in an effort to pressure Europe in a long-running trade dispute over airplane subsidies. The United States Trade Representative said late Friday that it would increase the duty it had imposed on European aircraft to 15 percent from 10 percent, effective March […]

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