Cooler weather always gets me to thinking about my favorite things to read—and reread. This year’s Top Five Rereads all focus on wine and food, but they don’t come from the usual suspects, like cookbooks or travelogues or magazines.
Since before Prohibition and certainly during, wine drinkers have made their own wine. We look at two custom crush facilities that provide the fruit-to-bottle experience without the heavy investment in costly equipment.
California wineries have thrown open their doors this harvest season. Make that wide open. Wineries are getting creative. They are offering new attractions such as wine education, a behind-the-scenes access to the winemaking process and the kind of TLC normally reserved for relatives and rock stars.
Whether by accident or by design, connoisseurs have made the world of wine intimidating to even the most sophisticated city dweller. Wine tasting clubs are the quickest way to uncork the mystique, and one former vodka aficionado has created an inner city group that is doing just that, one glass at a time.