Wine + Spirits

The Rodney Dangerfield of Wine

Cleto Chiarli Sets the Standard in Emilia-Romagna

For decades, Lambrusco has been the butt of every conceivable wine joke. Snobs recoil in horror at the mere mention of the stuff, and snicker at the gauche individuals who feel compelled to drink it. This antagonism dates to the 1970s and 1980s, when Lambrusco was the most popular imported wine in America (we drank over 13 million cases of…

A Taste of France

If you’re a lover of Bordeaux wine, here’s a scenario you could only dream about: a selection of Grand Crus from nearly every commune of the Gironde, accompanied by inspired cuisine from a top local chef.

Maine lobster medallions in a mousseline sauce. Dream became reality in April during a special event at Le Lafayette, the classic French restaurant owned and operated by Chef Sebastien Maillard. The occasion was a stellar tasting of wines from the personal collection of Francois Louis Vuitton, the great-great-grandson of the fashion icon, accompanied by a special menu created by the…

Warm Weather Wines

This summer, cool down with more than just Chardonnay

Wineries in Italy’s Piemonte Region, like Bruno Giacosa, specialize in Arneis. As the temperature rises, wine drinkers will be carrying their glasses out to the pool and asking themselves one question: What’s the best way to escape the boredom of Chardonnay? A tsunami of Pinot Grigio is washing over the market, and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc seems like old news….

Creature From the Deep Blue Sea

Kelpie, the newest expression from Ardbeg

Ardbeg is a single malt of dramatic proportions, a whisky that conjures images of an untamed, windswept Scottish coast. Located on the tiny island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides, it has been producing whisky since 1798. When we last reviewed them, one year ago, they had just released Dark Cove ($110), proclaimed to be “the darkest Ardbeg ever.” This…

Bourbon Your Way

With classic cocktails on the comeback, Café & Bar Lurcat’s new design-your-own bourbon menu lets you customize your Manhattan, Sazarac, Boulevardier, or old-fashioned to your taste. Or go purist with neat or on the rocks from a selection of 21 American bourbons from small-batch to single barrel, straight rye to 20-year-old. You can also select from five different apertifs and…