Exploring Three Stunning Wineries in Montalcino, Italy

History and hospitality abound in the glorious Tuscan countryside

Right now, NYC hosts Brunello Week (through 20 June). During this debut culinary event, 40 restaurants are showcasing two of Italy’s most beloved styles of wine: Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino. But several weeks before the event in NYC, we explored three wineries in the town of Montalcino, where Brunello is made. There, in the lush Tuscan countryside just a few kilometers from Siena, we …

North Carolina Brewery Wicked Weed Ventures into Natural Wine with Vīdl

Experimental, natural wines made by a team of former-brewers

Brewers do not view winemakers as the opposition; rather they see often wine as an area for experimentation. Some breweries mix grape juice into their beer, producing a hybrid offering that boasts qualities of both. Others rely on the flavors wine leaves behind, storing beer in leftover barrels for added flavor and textural development. North Carolina-based brewery Wicked Weed (known best for its barrel-aged sours) …

Acclaimed Australian Wine Producer Penfolds’ Debut California Collection

Crossing hemispheres for vivacious additions to the collectable brand

Long before wine producer Penfolds released their inaugural California Collection this March, they imported heritage vines to the US from their South Australia vineyards and planted them in the soil of Camatta Hills Estate in the town of Paso Robles. One of the most coveted and collected wines portfolios in Australia, Penfolds then dedicated more than 20 years to their Californian exploration—and now four wines have come …