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Game Changers | Greek Assyrtiko (News & Features)

“Santorini autism.” It’s what Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, at Gaia Winery, describes as the stubborn belief that assyrtiko can only excel in Santorini. This year, I was forced to admit that I had it. I didn’t really pay much attention to assyrtiko outside of Santorini—it seemed, at best,...Read Full Story

Game Changers | Retsina (News & Features)

Recently, I set out a bottle of Retsina along with a few other wines, and the Retsina flew. “What is this?” my neighbor asked, refilling her glass. “You’re drinking Retsina?!” her tablemate exclaimed, then insisted on trying it himself. If you’re old enough to remember when Retsina...Read Full Story

Support Greece (News & Features)

The Hellenic Initiative is holding a silent auction of Greek wine, food and travel experiences today.{image_1}If you can’t make it to The Hellenic Initiative’s Annual Gala tonight, where Corinne Mentzelopoulos of Château Margaux will be...Read Full Story

Seismic Shift (News & Features)

It used to be that the only assyrtiko that mattered came from Santorini. Tara Q. Thomas highlights some of the top bottles from the mainland and beyond.{image_1}Attica This past March, Kamal Kouiri, the beverage director at New York’s Molyvos, went on a vineyard crawl...Read Full Story

Summer Reading (Book Review)

A User’s Manual to Drinking Well Drinking Distilled (Ten Speed Press; $17) is not your usual cocktail guide. Author Jeffrey Morgenthaler is the bar manager at Clyde Common and Pépé Le Moko in Portland, Oregon, and he shares what he’s learned during 20-plus...Read Full Story

Cave Spring 2016 Niagara Escarpment Riesling (Wine Review)

This far outperforms its $16 price: It's a powerful, elegant riesling in a Rheingau-like mode. The ripeness of the warm, dry 2016 vintage comes across in the wine’s texture, nearly meaty with extract, but the flavors are all about lime zest and stone. The acidity keeps the wine feeling chiseled...Read Full Story

Fritsch 2015 Wagram Erste Lage Mordthal Grüner Veltliner (Wine Review)

Karl Fritsch specializes in grüner veltliner, and has tended his vines biodynamically since 2006. Mordthal is one of his most prized parcels, a south-facing patch of loess over slate. In the warmth of 2015, it produced a wine that rendered our tasting panel near speechless. In part, it’s the...Read Full Story

Stadt Krems 2016 Kremstal Grüner Veltliner (Wine Review)

This packs far more flavor than you'd expect at the price, with an almost oily concentration to its lemony fruit. It's the notes of stone, herbs and bitter greens that make it interesting, lifting the wine, giving it a refreshing alpine feel.

Aldo Sohm Wine Bar (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

This is NYC's best post-theater option for great wine and a quick bite, thanks to sommelier Aldo Sohm’s ever-changing, far-ranging by-the glass selections and the Austrian accented charcuterie tower.

La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Caleb Ganzer, a W&S Best New Sommelier 2016, has turned this dark NoLita space into a sommelier hangout, thanks in particular to the extensive Champagne list, where rare bottles regularly turn up at a fraction of the usual price. Wine geeks delight in the Jura selection while...Read Full Story

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