Mouthing Off

By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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F&W’s Ray Isle discovers what happens to a bottle of wine submerged in ocean water for 150 years.


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E. Guigal is one of the most famous producers of Rhône wines. Ray Isle recently sat down with winemaker Philippe Guigal to taste several vintages of the winery's acclaimed (and super-expensive) Château d'Ampuis Côte Rôtie, as well as some of Guigal's more affordable—and very impressive—other bottlings.

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The history of Champagne holds a number of extraordinary women, but men have generally dominated the most powerful positions in the industry. Here, F&W chats with Sandrine Logette-Jardin, the chef de cave (head winemaker) for Champagne Duval Leroy, and the first woman to hold that position at an independently owned Champagne house.  

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The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, and whether or not you want to move your dancing feet à la the Bob Marley song, at the very least you need a good glass—or bottle—of wine. Here are fifteen terrific bottles for under $20 that are ideal for any summer event.

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There have long been a number of great reasons to visit France’s Burgundy region—the wines are some of the best in the world, the food is fantastic, and it was once one of the most powerful independent Duchys in Europe. The other day, however, Burgundy gained a new reason for a visit: its climats are now a UNESCO world heritage site. 

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The wine of the summer is clearly rosé. Bottles of pink vino are de rigeur in coastal hotspots like the Hamptons and South Beach, festivals have arisen dedicated solely to rosé, and people have even coined the term “brosé” to highlight the fact that even manly men are now drinking the stuff.

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Following the lead of the most important critic in wine, Robert Parker, who just publicly apologized for his attitude towards Burgundy, F&W Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle does some apologizing too.

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At Ray Isle's recent seminar at the 2015 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, 120 attendees tasted six different wines with three different kinds of burgers to determine, once and for all, whether U.S. or European wines are the better match.

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Father’s Day is here. Never mind that it’s a manufactured holiday, the dad-bods of the world deserve a little hoopla. But along with the festive streamers, skywriting and midlife-crisis psychotherapy, why not give ol’ dad a bottle of rye?

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Summer is tough for wine—bottles and glasses don't work well with beaches or pools. Here are some great wine accessories that make the summer much more wine-friendly.

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