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Cabernet Sauvignon in Sonoma
“As a group, Sonoma cabernets tend to be overlooked—an indignity, and it needs to go,” wrote the wine columnist Frank Prial in a 2000 New York Times article. I could not agree more. Cabernet Sauvignon is rarely an underdog. After al...
27 Aug 2021
An Introduction to Muscat
Wine lovers often marvel at the tremendous versatility of Chardonnay. Ever the chameleon, Chardonnay gives us such disparate entities as Montrachet and Champagne; steely Chablis and buttery California examples; hordes of supermarket bottlings and a h...
4 Mar 2021
“Imagine Musigny like a big lake. It’s a large, luminous, and deep lake. A lake that includes Amoureuses, by the way, that includes also most of the premiers crus, but that doesn’t include Bonnes Mares. Bonnes Mares is at the edge o...
14 Oct 2020
Sangiovese on Edge
Chianti Classico is the first wine I truly loved. In the summer before my junior year of college, I spent two months studying opera in Arezzo, just east of the appellation’s edge. On that trip, I visited my very first winery, San Felice, where ...
26 Jun 2020
Pioneers of Place
Where do wine regions come from? The question might seem overly simplistic, yet every region has an origin story. While the Old World has several orders of monks—or perhaps Roman soldiers, or maybe Phoenician traders—to thank for the prol...
22 May 2020
“Today’s a Landonne day,” Philippe Guigal says to me with boyish delight. As he reiterates later, Landonne was his vineyard. “I was born in January 1975, and Landonne has been planted in January 1975,” he explains. Phili...
9 Apr 2020
The Ghost of Prohibition
In an 1840 speech to the Illinois House of Representatives, of which he was then a congressman, Abraham Lincoln argued, “Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes b...
28 Feb 2020
Late one evening a few years ago, I stumbled across a question in some dark corner of an online wine forum. “Can you name 100 grapes that you’ve tasted?” the user asked the oenophilic interwebs. There was even a whole organization, ...
3 Jan 2020
Sauvignon Blanc in the Wild
GuildSomm Staff Writer Bryce Wiatrak considers Sauvignon Blanc's successes and challenges in the New World regions of Napa Valley and New Zealand.
4 Oct 2019
Revisiting the Bourbon Boom
Staff Writer Bryce Wiatrak considers the bourbon boom and the developments and challenges that have emerged in the 10 years since.
12 Jul 2019
Interview: Generational Succession
Bryce Wiatrak interviews Marilisa Allegrini, Erwan Faiveley, Maya Dalla Valle, and José Lovaglio Balbo about the advantages, challenges, and sacrifices of keeping wineries in family hands.
3 May 2019
Cartizze: Prosecco’s Peculiar Grand Cru
Staff Writer Bryce Wiatrak explores the Cartizze vineyard and the unique place it holds within the category of Prosecco.
11 Apr 2019
Seyssuel & Its AOP Quest
Bryce Wiatrak considers Seyssuel, a region just north of Côte Rôtie, outlining its history, modern resurgence, and quest for AOP status.
22 Feb 2019
The Dessert Desert
GuildSomm Staff Writer Bryce Wiatrak explores the historic dessert wine regions of the Douro Valley, Tokaj, Sauternes, and Pantelleria, where dry wine sister categories now flourish as well.
3 Jan 2019
The Winding Path to Prestige Rosé
“The problem with rosé is you’re asking too many things that are different,” Daniel Ravier, winemaker at Bandol’s esteemed Domaine Tempier, says. The wine must be “fresh, but not too acidic; round, but not too muc...
2 Nov 2018
Bryce Wiatrak discusses five ways in which typical categorization of Rioja and Ribera del Duero producers as either traditional or modern ignores important nuances within the regions.
11 May 2018
Decoding Amarone: Inside Italy’s Most Idiosyncratic Red Wine
Amarone's unique profile can pose a challenge to beverage directors looking to incorporate it into their programs. But the diversity of expressions bottled by Valpolicella’s top producers also creates a breadth of opportunities.
2 Nov 2017
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