Winemakers Tap Scientists for Better Bubbles

Funded by the Wine Australia organization, with additional support from several winemakers, a new scientific study is underway to improve Tasmanian wine quality and bubbles—as well as increase cost efficiency during the maturation process. Led by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, the study explores various winemaking techniques and specifically the practice of autolysis, which dates back to the Romans. This process, frequently used in premium …

Interview: Winemaker Kate MacDonald, Skeleton Root Winery

Reviving America's native grapes and the country's first commercial wine region in Cincinnati

One way to entertain yourself during the more sobering moments of a “dry January” is to study up on the very stuff from which you’re abstaining. Oenophiles should start with Skeleton Root, a small-scale Cincinnati winery helmed by aviation engineer-turned-winemaker Kate MacDonald. The Ohioan’s approach to wine is as exceptional as its surprising backstory, a lesson in American history we wish wouldn’t have escaped our …

Ntsiki Biyela Launches Aslina Wines

The first South African black, female winemaker's latest palate-pleasing wonders

Remarkable stories seem to follow Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first black woman winemaker. Perhaps that’s because she’s earned them—through hard work, dedication, a preternatural understanding of wines and an impressive four-wine release from her new brand Aslina. The dawn of her winemaking future hinged upon a scholarship from Stellenbosch University to study oenology. The program—which she entered in 1999, five years after the end of …