Halloween is around the corner, so what better time to prepare for a zombie infiltration than now? You’ve formulated your escape plan. You’ve stockpiled supplies like food and candles, but what about wine? Does a deep cellar figure into your preparation plan when hiding out from zombies? It’s a good bet that a great bottle of rosé with that canned tuna may be the only bright spot while waiting out the undead uprising.
However, it could be years before society rebuilds itself, and wines age at...
From the crest of a hill at Bodegas Martín Códax winery, the fog hovers thick and silvery, ebbing and flowing over the ragged coastline. The setting could be confused for the firths of eastern Scotland, but for the miles of patchwork vineyards and prevalence of sparkling Albariño. This moody landscape belongs to Spain’s Galicia.
Exposed to the Atlantic, Galicia lies in the northwest corner of Iberia. A succession of finger-like inlets, or rias, known formally as the Rías Baixas, forms the coa...
You’ve likely heard of Austin’s fondness for barbecue, beer and music. That’s all true, but there’s more to it. The city is transforming into a haven for wine lovers, thanks to an influx of discerning young professionals and organizations like the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and the just-launched ATX Somm Society. And with appreciation for local, natural and small-production, the wine scene is in line with the city’s eclectic vibe.
Start the day on South Congress Avenue, or SoCo, a ...
Long known for counterculture politics, the outdoors and a robust craft beer scene, Eugene may not seem like a destination for wine lovers. But this is a city of contrasts, one which proves that not all wine regions look alike.
Surrounded by pine forest and cattle farms, Nike-clad University of Oregon students drink macchiatos at coffee houses, next-generation hippies sell cannabidiol (CBD)-infused products on the main drag and wine lovers hop on bikes to ride to nearby wineries. Located at t...
A network of inns, restaurants and farm markets in Lebanon has become so much more—keeping family recipes alive, healing post-war wounds and building a thriving food truck business for refugees.
Photo: The Recipe Hunters
Driven by an ethos of economically empowering women and small farmers while uniting the country through nourishment, Lebanese food and travel writer Kamal Mouzawak defines his growing organization, Souk El Tayeb, by its slogan, "Make food, not war."
The idea for Souk El Tayeb...
There’s an enduring consumer adoration for Chardonnay that, frankly, I’ve never fully grasped. In America, let alone the rest of the world, Chardonnay has been far and away the most popular grape. But the world of wine brims with exciting grapes, so why adhere so faithfully to one?
Wine co-operatives, colloquially known as co-ops, have largely suffered from a negative image. And yet, not only has the purpose behind their creation as a safety net for farmers and regional wine industries been fulfilled, many persist today as models of well-run, ambitious wine producers. There is no better region to consider this phenomenon than in Spain’s Cariñena.
Visitors flock to Sicily’s eastern coast for wine, sea-inflected cuisine, and volcano tourism.
If you’re a gin drinker, you’re probably tapping into the riches of the current market. If you’re not, now’s a good time to start exploring this clear aromatic spirit. Stealing a page from the wine industry, a rash of “terroir” focused expressions from new and longstanding brands have cropped up around world markets. Based on locally foraged, farmed or sourced seasonal ingredients, distillers are creating one-of-a-kind taste profiles reflective of their regions.
While far from overcrowded, the beautiful valley of Lech holds numerous resorts from which to choose. One in particular, the 5-star Burg Vital, stands out. Why? Because the multi-generational Lucian family, helmed by wife-and-husband team Hannelore and Thomas, boast one thing others can’t: longtime collaboration with Austria’s most creative whole-foods focused chef.
A historic inn revitalized a small country town. Why a weekend away will take you back to the Gold Rush era -- with better wine.