While wine can be made from many types of fruits and flowers, it is iconically produced from fermented grapes. Wine production dates back at least 8000 years, and today it is produced in quantity in more than 70 countries, with Italy, Spain, France, and the United States the largest producers of wine today. The world of wine is vast and complex, with more than 10,000 grape varietals in existence. This is largely due to experimental cross-breeding and grafting that has taken place for millennia, and such experiments have led to some of today’s most popular grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The primary styles of wine today include red, white, and rose. While almost all grape juice itself is white, red wine is made by allowing the juice from black (aka red) grapes to ferment in contact with its skins, while white wine is usually (but not always) made from white grapes. Rose wine is made from black grapes with limited skin contact, which provides the pinkish color.

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Tasting the Wines of Authentique with Sommsation, 2023 Releases

By Christopher Null | September 30, 2023 |

Sommsation is a wine shop as well as an experience — an online store which doesn’t just sell you the wines you’re drinking but can also guide you through the tasting process if you’re so inclined. While you can fill up your cart with individual bottles, Sommsation — not “Sommstation,” as I often call it…

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The Top 10 Wines for Winter 2024

By Christopher Null | September 30, 2023 |

Are temperatures starting to dip in your neck of the woods? While winter still seems to be a far-away dream, the days of daily heat advisories and rolling blackouts seem to be behind us for another year. So let’s celebrate: With one (or more) of these 10 top bottlings that we’ve hand-selected as perfectly paired…

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Review: 2021 Yalumba Y Series Viognier

By Christopher Null | September 27, 2023 |

A viognier from Australia’s Barossa Valley, this presents as a slightly subdued expression of the normally powerfully perfumed wine, its apricot notes buried under a shot of cream, white flowers adding a touch of the garden to a finish that rolls into vanilla and elderflower notes. Simple, but at this price, don’t even blink. B+…

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Review: Wines of McPrice Myers, 2023 Releases

By Christopher Null | September 26, 2023 |

McPrice Myers isn’t a partnership but rather a person. His first name is McPrice, or “Mac” to his friends. The Paso Robles winemaker has been cranking out wines since 2002, and today he bottles them under a bevy of different labels — but all revolving around Paso-born fruit. We received a sampling of bottles that…

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Review: 2022 Villa Maria EarthGarden Sauvignon Blanc

By Christopher Null | September 25, 2023 |

Peaches and lemons come together — in bright, semi-sweet fashion — in this focused but ultimately summer-centric New Zealand-born wine, laying its floral elements bare after the initial rush of sweetness fades. Connotations of lemonade or white sangria aren’t off-base here, though there are touches of fragrance here — green herbs, possibly some mint —…

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Review: Studio Null NA Wines – 2022 Gruner Weiss and 2019 Sparkling Verdejo

By Christopher Null | September 21, 2023 |

Non-alcoholic wines continue to improve, and we were interested to taste the new releases from Studio Null — not just because I can get totally behind the name, but because they’re legit wines complete with vintage dating. Let’s give these two Euro-sourced wines a try. 2022 Studio Null Gruner Weiss NA – A (vintage!) blend…

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Review: 2021 Post & Beam Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

By Christopher Null | September 19, 2023 |

This second label of Far Niente will surprise no afficionado of the Napa cabernet style, plump with notes of currants, backed up by cherry cola notes. Silky chocolate notes evoke a wine that might pair better with a cream pie than a filet mignon, though there’s a gently beefy quality that builds with time in…

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Review: 2019 Barone Montalto Ammasso Rosso Sicilia DOC

By Christopher Null | September 18, 2023 |

Ammasso is a curious blend of Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, all grown in Sicily in the vineyards of Vinicoltori Contalto. As hearty as any pure-Nero Sicilian wine you’ve probably encountered, this brooding bruiser takes its time to come into focus, letting dark fruit notes of overripe plum, currants, and dark chocolate…

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Book Review: How to Drink Australian

By Rob Theakston | September 16, 2023 |

It is a fun time in the realm of beverage literature. We’ve witnessed a significant shift away from rigid recipe books and academic volumes towards approachable, enlightening works penned by authors deeply devoted to sharing their compelling narratives. Over the past two decades, an abundant collection of relaxed storytelling and entertainment has emerged, covering nearly…

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Review: 2019 Planeta Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese Sicilia DOC

By Christopher Null | September 15, 2023 |

Made from 100% Nerello Mascalese, this wine from our friends at Planeta presents with a bright, garnet color and a fruit-forward, spice-laced nose. Initially quite earthy on the palate, it takes some time to settle into its groove, letting notes of anise and blackberry slowly emerge, tempered by fruitier notes of spiced red raspberry but…

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