“DON’T CALL IT MEAD,” Ayele Solomon said. “It’s honey wine, the world’s oldest fermented drink.” And honey wine is what the

IT IS AN AUSTRIAN TAKE on a Mexican original. And yet it is a product of Mexico totally true to

IN LAST MONTH’S COLUMN, I talked about the wines of Alentejo, the Portuguese region that opens like a fan southeast

THE PIERRE HOTEL OPENED IN 1930, a handsome, light-shaded building on the corner of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and East 61st

ALENTEJO FANS OUT EAST OF LISBON, an enormous arc of land covering nearly one-third of Portugal yet holding barely 7

IT MAY BE ABLE TO TRACE ITS WINE HISTORY back some 6,000 years, perhaps longer than any country, but Greece

IT WAS IN 1691 IN THE DUTCH TOWN of Schiedam that Carolus Nolet made his first spirit with the goal

WHENEVER WINE AFICIONADOS talk about Italy’s greatest wines, they are sure to bring up Brunello di Montalcino, often the first

OFTEN, AFTER I’VE PRESENTED a wine tasting to people relatively new to wine, they are eager to ask questions: “How

ONCE, ROSÉ WAS A WINE to sip in summer and to put away when the calendar flipped to fall. No

OF ALL THE MAJOR PRODUCERS in France’s Champagne region, only a few are family-owned. One of the few is Maison

FAME CAN BE FICKLE. And the more famous something becomes, the more likely its true nature is lost. Take Pinot

IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIP. It happened in the south of France where drinks like Pernod are particularly popular.

MEUNIER IS CHAMPAGNE’S other grape, the one we rarely hear about. And yet it is an integral part of the

MENTION THE WINES of Provence and most people think pink. Understandably so. Rosé comprises 35 percent of the wine made

IN A WINE REGION FAMOUS FOR its expensive red wines and large enough to warrant 60 area appellations, the challenge

CITY WINERY IS JUST WHAT its name says: a working winery in the heart of a city — New York

ASK WINE FANS ABOUT Tokaji and they will gladly talk about Hungary’s famous sweet white wine. Ask them about Furmint

FOR ALL THE DAZZLE of the modern digital age, centuries-old products continue to bring delight, comfort and joy. And Scotch,

COMPARED TO MANY Champagne houses that are a century and more old, Bruno Paillard is a relative newcomer. While members

BURGUNDY, A QUIET LAND of tiny, medieval stone villages and pocket-sized vineyards in eastern France, makes some of the world’s

THE SPANIARDS INTRODUCED sugar cane to the Caribbean centuries ago, and today, while rum is produced nearly everywhere sugar cane

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS boasts an 83-year history, founded in 1934. Today the international airline serves 38 airports in 26 countries.

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