California Drought Produces Tastier Wine Grapes


SONOMA, Calif.—Someday, when California’s persistent drought is finally over, wine lovers may lift a glass to its memory, toasting the extraordinary 2014 vintage it made possible.

 

Luxury Wine Cellars Rise Up


For centuries, wine cellars have been dark, windowless spaces with bottles stuffed into cubbies, more function than form. But that doesn’t suit a new generation, for whom wine collecting is as much a social hobby as an investment strategy.

 

Should You Let the Sommelier Taste Your Wine?


Is the sommelier’s pretasting your bottle an expert service or an excuse for a sip of your very expensive wine? Here, the pros and cons.

 

California Sparkling Wine Sneaks Up on Champagne


The bottles of bubbly coming from California offer an appealing midway point of both price and complexity between prestigious Champagne and fun but forgettable Prosecco.

 

How to Blind Taste Wine Like a Sommelier


ONE OF THE MOST satisfying achievements of any oenophile is an ability to recognize a wine whose identity is concealed.

 

Are sulfites in wine bad for you?


MY NOSE STARTED to quiver as my eyes, already bloodshot, screwed up in reflex in preparation for an almighty, juddering sneeze.

 

California Sparkling Wine Sneaks Up on Champagne


CHAMPAGNE LOVERS are legion. Prosecco enthusiasts are even more numerous (albeit perhaps not quite as discerning). But who are the fans of California sparkling wine?

 

China`s Wine Market Shifts Toward Entry Level


When the Chinese government announced a crackdown on lavish gift-giving in its effort to root out corruption in 2012, the wine industry braced for a slowdown in corporate entertainment spending. But John Watkins, the chief executive of ASC Fine Wines, never thought the restrictive policies would last.

 

How to Tune into a Wine`s Prime Drinking Time


ALTHOUGH JUST ABOUT every wine in the world is created to be consumed within a year or two of its release, one of the most frequent questions that wine merchants field is “When should I drink this?”

 

McDonald`s to Offer Salad and Fruit Alternatives to Fries, Sodas


McDonald’s plans to offer customers in its largest markets a choice of side salad, fruit or vegetable in place of French fries in its value meals and to push healthier beverages for its Happy Meals.

 
 
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