On Coravin: The Mystical Role of Music in Winemaking

Several years ago when I first met Aurelio Montes, Jr., winemaker at Montes Wines in Chile, to taste his wines during a visit to Miami Beach, he explained to me the process of using Gregorian chants in his cellars where some of the premium  Montes wines aged in barrels. It was a technique that I…

Mega Purple in Your Wine, Oh My

Any wine lover knows that once you begin to drink better wines, it is virtually impossible to return to the grocery store brands you knew and loved in your earlier wine drinking days. Sure, you have one label here or there that you keep on reserve to take to those not-so-important dinner parties, but for…

The Gospel of Wine

When, exactly, was the beginning of viniculture as we know it? Obviously, wild grapevines have been growing on earth as long as there has been vegetation on the planet, but when, exactly, did humans start cultivating grapes to make wine? This question is fiercely debated by scholars who are schooled way beyond my level of…