Tag: Wines

Scandinavian Wine? A Warming Climate Tempts Entrepreneurs

SKAERSOGAARD, Denmark — On a mild autumn morning, Sven Moesgaard climbed a sunbathed hill and inspected an undulating expanse of neatly planted vines. A picking crew was harvesting tons of hardy Solaris grapes that he would soon turn into thousands of bottles of crisp white and sparkling Danish wine. A decade ago, winemaking was regarded […]

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Star Sommelier Resigns After Accusations of Sexual Assault

The sommelier Anthony Cailan, who was a rising star in the wine world, has resigned from the downtown Manhattan hotel where he worked, after a New York Times report last week in which several women said he had sexually assaulted them. Bogdan Docu, the general manager of the Nolitan hotel, on Kenmare Street, where Mr. […]

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Pour at Your Own Risk: America Warms to a Spill-Prone Wine Jug

All along the counter at Bar Celona, in Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards in New York, patrons were holding glass watering cans above their heads. And what they were watering was themselves. “I spilled a little, but not much,” said Amanda Horwitz. “I spilled a lot,” her friend Tara Knapp added, laughing. “I think […]

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A Celebrity Sommelier Is Accused of Sexual Assault

On Sept. 10, Wine & Spirits magazine posted an image of its October cover on Instagram. Behind the bold type — “BEST NEW SOMMS” — was the smiling face of Anthony Cailan, a sommelier named by his peers as a future leader of the $300 billion global wine business. Mr. Cailan’s coronation was unsurprising to […]

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A Lafite From China? This $300 Wine Is the Real Thing

PENGLAI, China — In China, the stories about Château Lafite Rothschild are as notorious as the Bordeaux wine estate is legendary. There are the tales — often repeated, never confirmed — of wealthy Chinese businessmen chugging Lafite mixed with Sprite. Or the time a Chinese official reportedly said at least half the Lafite sold in […]

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How a Tuxedoed Sommelier Wound Up Homeless in California

California Today OAKLAND, Calif. — Opus One, Château Lynch-Bages or Petrus. The crimson ribbons of fine wine trickled delicately into his customers’ bulbous crystal glasses. Mark-Steven Holys had a knack for recommending the right bottle, for expertly carving the chateaubriand steaks and pheasant and for remembering the dietary quirks of a clientele that included many […]

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20 Under $20: Minimal Effort, Maximum Pleasure

Weeknights are a state of mind. More accurately, they are a state of fatigue. Whether it’s a Tuesday or a Saturday, sometimes all you want is an uninterrupted stretch of peace and quiet, maybe some leftovers and a chance to wear out the Netflix subscription. That, and a couple of glasses of decent wine. Wine […]

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Alla Salute! Italy’s Aperitivo Is Back

VENICE — My youth was aperitif-free. It was the 1970s and we concentrated on discos, warm beer on the beach, pizza, sleepless nights with friends and a bottle — or more — of cheap wine. We weren’t fussy. Aperitivi — a ritual pre-dinner drink to begin the evening’s imbibing — was for old people: my […]

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Switzerland’s Once-in-a-Generation, Over-the-Top Party

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The Power of Terroir in Sicily’s Volcanic White Wines

Sicily, like the rest of Italy, has long been known as red wine territory. Yet slowly, the whites of Sicily, particularly those grown in the foothills of Mount Etna, have been earning attention as among the most distinctive and unusual white wines in Italy, if not the world. What makes them so different? These are […]

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How Sonoma’s Vineyards Survived a Siege of Fire, Smoke and Ash

In Sonoma Valley, fire and ash make their way into almost every conversation. For 10 days in October 2017, raining embers ravaged California’s Wine Country. Fueled by 70-mile-per-hour winds, the Nuns and Tubbs fires in Sonoma Valley barreled out of control toward the communities of Santa Rosa, Glen Ellen, Kenwood and Sonoma. When the fires […]

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Wolfgat, a Far-Flung Destination for South African Coastal Cuisine

PATERNOSTER, South Africa — Reaching Wolfgat, a restaurant in a small seaside cottage seating only 20 in this fishing village, takes a good two hours plus by car to reach from Cape Town, about 100 miles away. The payoff is a singularly memorable multicourse dinner that tastes more of the sea than anything else and […]

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