Wine & Spirits

What Makes a Great Sommelier?

At the New York restaurant Veritas, Tim Kopec exemplifies a new breed of vine expert—equal parts scholar, salesman, psychologist, and diplomat.

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The 50 Percent Solution

The lamentably elusive half bottle—375 ml versus the traditional 750—allows those dining à deux to pair a different wine with each course.

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Picking Up the Chards

When California's Chardonnay bubble burst, that overexploited star was suddenly shunned. Martin Filler revisits a survivor ready for Act II.

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Second Coming

The wines that started a revolution in Italy are now undergoing their own renaissance.

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A Vintage Friendship

Seventeen years ago, in Paris, the author met Peter Thustrup, wine collector extraordinaire. They've been sharing rare bottles and life...

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A Filmmaker's Smash Second Act

During his three-decade parallel career as a vintner, Francis Ford Coppola has made his historic Napa estate into one of the world's great wine...

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Grape Expectations

After a decade heading Sotheby's fine-wine department, Serena Sutcliffe takes stock.

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Amber Waves of Grain

Mellow yet stout of flavor, silky and smooth of texture, today's boutique bourbons set a new standard for American whiskey.

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What Price Glory?

A connoisseur trades in his last seven bottles of Pétrus '61 and discovers a brave new world of wines that won't break the bank. Martin Filler...

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Frozen Assets

Packing more power per golden drop than any other vin de dessert, noble German Eiswein and stylish Canadian ice wine, Martin Filler...