Wine

Lodi Country Takes Root in the Wine Industry

Forty minutes south of  Sacramento and deep into California’s agricultural belt, where most of the country’s almond supply grows, Lodi is a rags-to-riches story when it comes to the wine industry.

When it Comes to Wine Lists, Does Size Matter?

The Fig Tree Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers 1,025 wines to its guests. Across the country, Queenstown Public House in San Diego, California, offers 20 wines and Mahina & Sun’s in Hawaii offers just 18.

Wine Cocktails Ascend on Restaurant Menus

It is rare that I don’t spend an evening holed up at a wine bar exploring (mostly for the better, sometimes for the worse) bold whites, rosés, and reds from small, family-owned vineyards I never heard of, or relishing a bartender-made tipple—whether crowned with an egg white pre-dinner, or unapologetically dark and boozy just before bed.

Coco Pazzo Honored as Best Italian Wine List

Coco Pazzo has received the Best Italian Wine List 2017 in Chicago award from Gambero Rosso, the International authority on Italian wine and restaurants. Tamra Weiss was presented with the award at the Tre Bicchieri World Tour Wine Tasting kick-off in Chicago on February 7.

Zinburger Offering 'Three Shades Darker' Wine Flight

Whether it’s a Girls Night Out or a Valentine’s Day date, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar is making it easier for wine lovers to try new things. No popcorn or safe words required.The upscale burger restaurant, which offers gourmet burgers combined with perfectly paired wine selections, is offering a limited time wine flight for $12 through February 28.

Champagne's Quest to Reduce its Carbon Footprint

On a hot weekday in the middle of September, in a back room at Champagne Mailly—a cooperative dating back to the 1920s and deep in the heart of Champagne, France—local wine growers hash out a plan for the ceremonial start of harvest.

Reading into a Rare Wine Collection

For years, Chicago-based Gibsons Restaurant Group has been lauded for its portfolio of concepts, serving everything from high-caliber steaks and seafood to Neapolitan-style pizza. So when Lawrence Kobesky joined the team to head its beverage program about a year ago, he looked for opportunities that would complement an already winning formula.

Pairing Wine with Asian Cuisine

Eating my way around Taiwan for a week in August—from bustling Taipei to serene Sun Moon Lake—I couldn’t ignore that something was missing. Baskets of steamed dumplings and buns, exotic mushrooms, and dishes with green onions woven in were placed in front of me several times each day, all delicious and well thought out.

Wine Inventory Heads into the Digital Age

Guillaume Bienaime, owner of Zola in Palo Alto, California, has always been leery of technology in restaurants, but when he was approached about InVine, he decided to give it a test run. As he was told, InVine was more than just an iPad wine list.

Wine and Brunch are the Perfect Pairing

At its core, brunch is a casual weekend meal, which is why sommeliers and beverage directors strive to remove any perceived fussiness from the wines poured alongside egg dishes, burgers, and raw-bar items.

Tapping Into the Future of Wine

There are times when Chef John Franke will glance around his restaurant and see a table of four sharing 20 glasses of wine. There might be five, perhaps six appetizers, with more on the way. Does this sound like a concept geared toward millennials or high rollers with bottomless bank accounts?Welcome to the evolving world of wine on tap in the 21st century.

Local Wine Isn't Reserved for California Anymore

The minute Tyler Sailsbery—chef/owner of The Black Sheep in Whitewater, Wisconsin—decided to pour local wines, business partnerships started to happen.Suddenly he was hosting chef dinners six times a year at Staller Estate Winery, one of the wineries whose bottles appear on his list.

Ruth's Chris Partners with Stags' Leap Winery for Exclusive Dinner

Ruth's Chris Steak House will present the Stags' Leap Winery pairing dinner October 16 through October 21 at 108 participating restaurants across the country.Ruth's Chris is excited to partner with Stags' Leap Winery, known for growing some of Northern California's best red wine grapes, to provide guests with an opportunity to experience a variety of Stags' Leap wines accompanied with an exceptional menu.