Cork closures are nothing new in the world of wine, but thankfully, the techniques and technology being used to make them more consistently reliable is. From questions of sustainability and the use of alternate materials to improved testing techniques, it turns out that not all corks are created equally, but they’re being made better than ever before.
In honor of our The New Now issue, we’re getting a little geeky and diving deep with some real cork dorks. Contributing Editor Sean Sullivan talks to Carlos de Jesus, director of marketing and communication, and Dr. Paulo Lopes, director of innovation, from Amorim, the world’s largest cork producer. We also tap Denis van Roey, CEO, and Stéphane Vidal, head of strategic innovation, at Vinventions, producers of Nomacorc.
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In this episode, Spirits Editor Kara Newman speaks with mezcal experts and Agave Road Trip podcast cohosts Lou Bank and Salvador “Chava” Peribán about the wonderfully complex and absolutely delicious world of mezcal and agave heritage spirits, including production and product insight, why the concept of terroir is not just for grapes, and which terms and bottles you should be seeking out now.
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Still grappling with the global pandemic and all of the business shifts that have resulted, we have a candid conversation with multiple beer industry pros about what the year ahead holds for craft beer, and what it means for what's in your glass.
Why do budget-minded wine pros always choose Cava over Prosecco? Are big-brand Champagnes really worth the hype? Associate Managing Editor of Digital Emily Saladino breaks down what constitutes a good investment in sparkling wine and why, all with the help of Felix Salmon, Chief Financial Correspondent for Axios, and Tonya Pitts, sommelier and Champagne Master candidate.
Just because your holidays may be celebrated a little differently this year doesn’t mean you can't do it up right. No matter where you are and who you're with—even if that's just yourself—we have the tips to keep your days merry and bright and full of delicious wine and food.
Nearly every winemaker, sommelier and critic agrees on one thing: Syrah from cool-climate sites makes for some of the most interesting wines in the world. This episode explores that reality, showcasing bottles that are good examples and producers who push the envelope. Join Wine Enthusiast Contributing Editor Matt Kettmann in conversation with renowned California Syrah winemakers Bob Lindquist and Nicole Bertotti Pope.
It’s that time of year, when we’re all looking for the best wines to buy, share, drink and gift, all without breaking the bank. We’ve got you covered for all your holiday wine-shopping needs with the Top 100 Best Buys of 2020, our list of the best accessible and available value-minded wines to snap up today. In this episode, we dive into what made the cut this year with Wine Enthusiast Tasting Director Alexander Peartree.
Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo asks members of our tasting panel to tackle more of the toughest wine myths out there today, confirming what's true and noteworthy versus what's utter BS and utterly forgettable.
From small batch to large scale, there’s serious skill required to consistently distill quality spirits of any category, so what truly is the difference between craft and commercial? Associate Managing Editor of Print Layla Schlack speaks with industry insiders Elizabeth McCall, Samara B. Davis and Tim Wiggins to get the lowdown.
Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo speaks with two of this year’s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers, Cristie Norman and Will Blackmon, about covering new ground and finding unique opportunities in the evolving wine and drinks worlds, from shifts in wine education and hospitality to new curation modules and beyond.
Beer Editor John Holl speaks with Ashleigh Carter, Co-Owner and Head Brewer at Bierstadt Lagerhaus, and Marcus Baskerville, Head Brewer at Weathered Souls Brewing Company, two professional brewers from this year's 40 Under 40 list, about the shifting American craft beer landscape, from changing dynamics in education and inclusion to trends in stylistic preference and consumption.
Emily Saladino, Wine Enthusiast's Associate Managing Editor of Digital, talks with two of this year’s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers, Chevonne Ball and Zidanelia Arcidiacono, about why wine has such an exclusive reputation it just can’t seem to fully shake, and what we can do to make it more accessible and approachable for all.
It's summertime, which means it's officially full-on rosé season! Think beyond the traditional Provençal pour with an Italian rosato, and explore the diverse array of bottlings made from a variety of grapes that hail from the stunning southern region of Puglia. Wine Enthusiast Tasting Director, Alexander Peartree, talks with Enrico Contini, Marketing Director of Vias Imports, about the range of offerings from this beautiful Italian region.
IPAs remain all the rage in the beer world, but not all IPAs are created equal. In this episode, in celebration of National IPA Day on August 6th, Beer Editor John Holl and industry icon and OG of the American craft-beer scene Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing talk about all things hoppy.
Some of the most ancient and unique wines in the world are grown on Greece’s Ionian and Aegean islands. Wine Enthusiast Editor-In-Chief Susan Kostrzewa talks with Master of Wine Yiannis Karakasis about top varieties and producers, tapping the often incredible history of the vineyards and grapes and what makes these wines so special.
Old vines are undoubtedly an "it" thing in the wine world. On California's Central Coast, a younger generation of winemakers are rediscovering old-vine hotspots, particularly around the Monterey and San Benito Counties, and making can't-miss wines. This episode of the Wine Enthusiast Podcast features a conversation with Contributing Editor Matt Kettmann and winemaker and old-vine advocate Ian Brand.
There's no doubt that hard seltzer took the drinks world by storm, but what's next for this hot category? Craft, of course. Taking the trend to the next level, we tap Jamie Floyd and Daniel Sharp of Ninkasi Brewing to speak about why hard seltzer's next move is to enter the world of craft brewing.
Sun-soaked Australia may not be the first place that comes to mind when searching for lithe, light-bodied reds, but in a land as vast and diverse as Oz, cool-climate regions abound, as do acidity-loving producers of all shapes and sizes looking to lighten things up. Contributing Editor Christina Pickard talks with Aussie wine writer, judge and journalist Mike Bennie about the lighter side of Australian red wine.
Join us for a bubbly conversation on the state of all things sparkly in California, especially in Napa and Sonoma. Contributing Editor Virginie Boone taps Napa native and wine-industry vet Paula Kornell on why regional sparkling wine is on the rise and who is making some of the best.
To kickoff new episodes of the Wine Enthusiast Podcast, host and Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo asks members of our Tasting Panel to tackle some of the toughest wine myths out there today, confirming what's true and noteworthy versus what's utter BS and what's utterly forgettable.
Contributing Editor Anne Krebiehl talks with Lance Foyster, Master of Wine and co-owner of U.K. importing company Clark Foyster, about Austria’s red grapes and what you need to know about these lovely and seductive wines.
European Editor Roger Voss sits down with Françoise Lannoye, President of the Côtes de Bordeaux, to discuss the importance and affordability of wines produced in these appellations, and reveals three wines under $30 worth buying now.
Christina Pickard, our contributing editor for Australia and New Zealand, sits down with Christopher Tanghe, award-winning master sommelier and chief instructor for GuildSomm, to talk about the rich and diverse wines of New Zealand beyond Sauvignon Blanc.
Virginie Boone, W.E.’s Contributing Editor for California, talks to Matt Coyne, sommelier at Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant in the Russian River Valley, about the Valley’s excellent and diverse Pinot Noir.