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  • The Race to Red Mountain: Columbia Valley’s Cabernet Hill

    Topping out at 1,400 feet in elevation, Red Mountain is hardly even a hill; it’s a relatively featureless geological formation called an anticline plain, sloping south by southwest. It receives just five inches of rain a year, supplemented mightily by the Kennewick Irrigation District—without which none of this growth would be possible. The southwest orientation provides a potent combination of heat units and solar radiation. That warmth, ...Read More

    by Patrick J. Comiskey posted on Sep 3rd 2015 in Features, Fall 2015

  • Book Review: Imbibe: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash

    David Wondrich recently reissued his seminal work on cocktail history, Imbibe: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar, first published in November 2007 and ...Read Full Book Review

    Review by Caitlin Griffith on Jul 1st 2015 in Books, August 2015

Rediscovered Classics: Santorini

Assyrtiko from the chalk soils of this volcanic island is the Greek wine of the moment, but what is a classic Santorini? By Tara Q. Thomas. Read more ⇛

Red Mountain Reds

It may be small, but Red Mountain leaves a firm mark on its wines, says Patrick J. Comiskey of Washington State’s fastest-growing AVA. Read more ⇛

Sommelier Scavenger Hunt

Which somm team can put together the most complete portrait of a region in six wines? Keep up with the teams here. Read more ⇛

Finger Lakes Riesling

Glacial change along New York’s Seneca Lake has accelerated into racy rieslings. By Thomas Pastuszak. Read more ⇛

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The cool, steep coastal mountains of the Sonoma Coast AVA are producing some of California’s most compelling pinot noir. Elaine Chukan Brown makes a case for a new California classic. Read more ⇛

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  • Ithaca, New York: Coltivare

    235 Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY; 607-882-2333

    A quintessential upstate college town, Ithaca is vying to be the gateway to Finger Lakes wine country. The deal may be sealed with the opening last December of this big, airy restaurant near the central Commons. The eclectic menu is all about local sources, down to the grains and wild yeasts in a playful array of flatbreads coming ...See full review

    Review by Richard Figiel on Jul 23rd 2015 in New York, Ithaca, New American

  • New York, New York: Mace

    649 E.9th St.; no phone

    Greg Boehm, proprietor of bar accessories retailer Cocktail Kingdom, teamed up with Zach Sharaga to create Mace, a cocktail den serving up drinks focused on individual spices. In the space formerly occupied by Louis 649, in Alphabet City, they’ve lined the shelves above the stainless steel bar with mason jars full of cardamom, ...See full review

    Review by Caitlin Griffith on Jul 22nd 2015 in Bars, Cocktail Bar, New York, New York

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        • 2014: Jeff Kellogg | Maialino, NYC

          A bit of non-direction landed Jeff Kellogg at the doors of a fledgling restaurant group in Charlotte, North Carolina, 131 Main. After helping the group open and expand four restaurants and a wine bar, he headed to the historic Greenbrier Resort in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia. Kellogg was ...Read More

          Interviewed by Caitlin Griffith on Oct 1st 2014 in Best New Sommeliers, 2014

        Wineries to Watch

        • 2014: Mullineux

          Chris and Andrea Mullineux settled in Swartland in 2007, attracted by the region’s old-vine plots of syrah and grenache. The couple produces reds, but we were intrigued by their 2012 Swartland white. It blends old-vine chenin with clairette blanche and viognier, offering fresh peach flavors with pale scents of wheat and honey. ...Read more

          By Joshua Greene on Oct 29th 2014 in Wineries to Watch, 2014

        • 2014: Zuccardi

          These are times of radical change in Zuccardi. Sebastian Zuccardi, third-generation owner, has led this traditional winery from Mendoza to explore the region in search of new flavors for its wines. At their new winery in Altamira, they are creating a series of wines deeply identified with their origins. Today, Zuccardi ...Read more

          By Patricio Tapia on Oct 29th 2014 in Wineries to Watch, 2014