The Best Wines Under $20: Winter Edition

These 20 wines are not from the most famous regions. But they are great values and, most important, delicious.

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The Most Common Wine Questions, Answered

Don’t let fussy protocol interfere with the pleasure of enjoying a bottle. Best practices can help, but they should never inhibit.

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California Cabernet Beyond the Stereotypes

Any wine can be legitimately criticized, but lazy generalizations obscure significant differences among places and styles.

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Eric Asimov’s Favorite Wines of 2021

It was another strange year with travel still limited. But good wines can bring the world to you.

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Was She Just Another Nicely Packaged Pain Delivery System?

I had been burned too badly to believe in love. And yet, believe I did.

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What Makes a Wine Great? It’s Not Just Old and Complex.

It ought to have a sense of place, and it needs to refresh. Beyond that, great wines are those that best fit the particular occasion.

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Six Master Sommeliers Can Be Terminated After Sexual Harassment Investigation

The American chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers says it investigated 22 members. But at least one woman who came forward feels that’s not enough.

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Red Wines From Greece That Are Worth Savoring

Unfamiliarity with the grapes, the geography, the language and the culture means education will have to precede widespread acceptance.

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12 Wines for Thanksgiving and Beyond

The characteristics that make a bottle great for the holiday work for just about any occasion. These wines not only taste good, they feel good.

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Your Easy, No-Sweat Guide to Picking Wines for Thanksgiving

The grapes don’t really matter. Neither does where it was made. So long as it refreshes and rejuvenates, it’s the perfect bottle.

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Climate Change Threatens Wine, and a Way of Life, in Jura

Extreme weather has ruined grape crops throughout this small French region known for natural wine. “If it continues like this, how will we continue to make Jura wine? I really don’t know,” said one winegrower.

#agriculture-and-farming, #global-warming, #grapes, #jura-france, #weather, #wines

The Accidental Wine Educator

Over the last 50 years, America has become the world’s leading wine consumer. Kevin Zraly has had a lot to do with that.

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Embracing an Unloved Grape

Mountain Tides took on the challenge of exploring the subtleties of petite sirah, a brassy grape long used to help color and flavor wines.

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In Sonoma County, ‘Regenerative Agriculture’ Is the Next Big Thing

Carbon sequestration, pollinator habitat restoration and simple composting: An increasing number of the region’s winegrowers are going beyond sustainability. Here’s how to see, and taste, the fruits of their labors.

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Among Chardonnays, Chablis Is Not Better, Just Different

The 2019 vintage confirms Chablis’s distinctive qualities. As for other chardonnays, blame the winemaker, not the place or the grape.

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How to Sell Good, Inexpensive Wines Without Pandering

Mary Taylor is betting that curious consumers will want well-made bottles, labeled with just the facts.

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War and Strife Have Come to Prosecco Country

A Croatian wine, Prosek, seeks an official designation, and Prosecco makers are up in arms. But they also can’t agree on what, exactly, should be called Prosecco.

#croatia, #italy, #prosecco-wine, #veneto-italy, #wines

For Wells Guthrie, Mendocino Offers a Second Winemaking Chance

Wells Guthrie made fine wine, but financial challenges diverted his attention. Now he’s got a new label and a second chance, without distractions.

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The Applegate Valley Offers Oregon Winemakers a Quiet Place to Experiment

In the warmer southern region, intrepid producers are leading the way with a focus on Rhône grapes and conscientious farming.

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When Covid-19 Stole Their Smell, These Experts Lost Much More

French perfumers, sommeliers and winemakers with coronavirus infections are sometimes deprived of a crucial tool: their high-performing noses.

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Through 3 Whites, the Art of Blending Wines

Different grape varieties are not the only things that winemakers put together. In some form or other, most wines are compositions.

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Wine Guide: 10 Ways to Appreciate It Even More

For seven years, Wine School has examined wines from all sides to help readers learn to talk and think about them. Here are some key takeaways.

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Change May Be Coming to Your Favorite Wines

Rising temperatures and the risk of wildfires have led some wineries to grow different types of grapes. And some regions that were long overlooked are now producing notable wines.

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A Farewell to Becky Wasserman, a Great Sage of Burgundy

As an American working in France, she often had to explain the region to her countrymen while leading them to wonderful producers.

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For France, American Vines Still Mean Sour Grapes

French authorities have tried to outlaw hardy American hybrids for 87 years. But climate change and the natural wine movement are giving renegade winemakers a lift.

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20 Wines Under $20: For When the Weather Is Sultry

The needs are different when it’s hot and sticky: Lighter-bodied wines, more whites and rosés than reds, refreshment rather than solidity.

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A Rosé by Any Other Color

The palest shades have become the most popular, but can you discern anything meaningful by the hue? Three very different dark rosés argue otherwise.

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Your Next Lesson: White Wine Blends

Red blends are well known classically and in the popular market. But what about white blends? They are not as common, but they can be very good.

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The Taste of Summer, Now in Canned Form

A new wave of independent beverage brands, some promising health benefits and others a good old-fashioned buzz, are remaking the way we unwind.

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Scorched, Parched and Now Uninsurable: Climate Change Hits Wine Country

If any nook of American agriculture has the means and incentive to outwit the climate crisis, it is Napa Valley. But so far, vineyards here show the limits of adapting to a warming planet.

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How Climate Change Hit Wine Country

If any nook of American agriculture has the means and incentive to outwit the climate crisis, it is Napa Valley. But so far, vineyards here show the limits of adapting to a warming planet.

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In California Drought, Water Witches are Swamped

Amid California’s drought, desperate landowners and managers are turning to those who practice an ancient, disputed method for locating water.

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Your Next Lesson: Rosé From the Dark Side

Not all rosés are meant to be pale, even though they are fashionable. Different techniques and traditions produce rosés of many hues.

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The Message in a Reusable Wine Bottle: Combat Climate Change

Glass bottles are the largest source of the wine industry’s carbon footprint. Several companies are experimenting with new shipping methods.

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6 U.S. Destinations for a Remote-Working Vacation

As workers prepare to return to the office in coming months, here are six towns and cities to consider squeezing in a working vacation or two.

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Txakolina, a Simple Pleasure With a Deep Sense of Place

This slightly effervescent wine of the Spanish Basque Country epitomizes the globalization of once-local wines in the 21st century.

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Chenin Blanc From Three Places

It’s an underrated white grape that flourishes in the Loire Valley and very few other places.

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Jim Clendenen, Santa Barbara Winemaking Pioneer, Dies at 68

With exuberant charisma and relentless traveling, he promoted his label, Au Bon Climat, and the region as a wine hub.

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Books to Inspire Hunger and Thirst

Wine textbooks are crucial, but they may only rarely move you. What about books that teach you not only how to think about wine but how to feel about it?

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California’s Wine Industry Has Long Been a ‘Boys’ Club’

Wednesday: Accusations of sexual assault against a wine country mayor shine a light on the culture of an exclusive industry.

#sexual-harassment, #sonoma-county-calif, #wines

So You’re Thinking About Joining a Wine Club …

Media outlets, retailers, importers and restaurants all want your business. Here’s a hint: Look for transparency, real wineries and customer service.

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Day Drinking, Italian Style

Lambrusco, the gently sparkling and often budget-friendly wine, is the drink of choice in Emilia-Romagna. And it tastes great in a briny spritz.

#cocktails-and-mixed-drinks, #emilia-romagna-italy, #wines

How a Wine Spritz Entrepreneur Spends Her Sundays

Jordan Salcito takes time on the weekend to support small businesses, as well as parks and museums, around the city.

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Space Aged: Bottle of Wine From Space Station Could Sell for $1 Million

The bottle of Pétrus from 2000 — which is being sold by Christie’s — comes with a second bottle of “terrestrial” wine, a custom trunk, a decanter, glasses and a corkscrew crafted from a meteorite.

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Txakolina for Good Cheer, Wherever You May Be

This slightly effervescent wine, from Spanish Basque Country, is easy to enjoy on seasides, with seafood and in the sunshine.

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Be It a $10 Wine, or Much More, the Judgments Come Free

Inexpensive wines can be just fine. They also illuminate the harsh opinions that some people seem to cherish about the preferences of others.

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10 New York State Wines to Drink Now

Here are top-tier bottles from producers in the Finger Lakes and Long Island, regions that deserve more respect than they receive.

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One Year Later: How U.S. Winemakers Averted Disaster

Pandemic disruptions seemed to pose the biggest obstacles, but West Coast fires were far more damaging.

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French Wine Production Ravaged by a Devastating Frost

France’s winegrowers had already been hit by higher U.S. taxes and the pandemic. Now they are dealing with a “violent” cold snap.

#agriculture-and-farming, #france, #weather, #wines

A Starter Kit for Aspiring Wine Lovers

You don’t need much. This guide will show you which equipment to invest in, what to avoid and how to learn more about the wine styles you most enjoy.

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