Drink

Rethinking the tasting note

This first wine is a fighter; he’s loud. The second wine is pensive; she has a dark side.” As I led a recent seminar,...

Why your bartender hates you

Sometimes, it just seems like the bartender can’t stand you. You’ve made your usual endearing jokes, you’ve kept the outright flirting tasteful and you’ve...

Austrian reds: Difficult to pronounce, but easy to drink

Blaufrankisch. St. Laurent. Zweigelt. The names of these Austrian red grape varieties do nothing to put consumers at ease. Wine is intimidating. And consumers...

Big love for big Champagne

Wine writers love explaining why Champagne and other sparkling wines deserve a spot at the dinner table all year long...

Finally, a definitive guide to Napa Valley

When Kelli White, one of the nation’s most impressive sommeliers, realized that her bookshelf lacked a definitive guide to Napa Valley, she simply wrote one...

Sabrage: Almost as impressive as a keg stand

Beer pong. Flip cup. Quarters. For beer guzzlers, there’s no shortage of ways to make drinking fun. Even if college is solidly in the rearview mirror, most of us can bank on one friend — or several — attempting to shotgun a beer at some point every summer...

Fake wine takes a toll on everyday consumers

Two years have passed since a federal jury convicted Rudy Kurniawan, a prominent wine collector, of fraud for selling counterfeit wines. When the FBI raided Kurniawan’s home in March 2013, they discovered thousands of fake wine labels and hundreds of bottles and ...

Exploring Burgundy Côte d’Or with seven wines

When my brother asked me to teach him and some friends about “serious” Burgundy, I was worried. How could I possibly walk them through the Côte d’Or without bankrupting the family...

Saving Sauternes

So it’s telling that Bernard’s estate in Sauternes, Clos des Lunes, focuses almost exclusively on dry wines...

Fruitful

The previous two years of wine production in Colorado were poor. There was some doubt many of the vineyards and farms in Colorado’s high country, along the Colorado River, would recover this year. However, this year brought optimal growing weather for nearly all of ...

Every dog has its day

As far as drinking buddies go, they don’t come much better than Tobias. He’s always at the bar at SKEYE Brewing in Longmont. As I get deeper into the flight of seven house beers and grow untidy, he’s spilling his drink all over the floor, too. And he doesn’t say a ...

Bordeaux’s hidden gems

Seven years ago, I organized my first wine dinner...
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