America's Great Sparkling Wines

A writer hits the road to find California's answer to Champagne

Napa's Hired Gun Mia Klein's clients describe her palate as deadly accurate. That's why she's one of the most sought-after winemaking consultants in America.
Appetite for Cookbooks Editor Judith Jones gave Julia Child her start. Now, 40 year later, she's still introducing the world to new ideas.
Napa's Best Secret Some of Napa's most intriguing bottles are sold exclusively at winery shops.
The World's Most Beautiful Wine Country South Africa's Cape is emerging as one of the most promising wine regions anywhere. It's also one of the most breathtaking.
A Taste for Women Politically correct? Who cares? A wine importer explains why he prefers working with women.
The Reluctant Gourmet Accused of being a gourmet, a writer tries to understand why it's so wrong to care about food.
Dreg Queen A cook finds fresh inspiration in half-empty bottles of leftover wine.
The Price Club A leading Northeastern retailer names 20 great wine bargains.
Cocktail Mix Two sommeliers pair wines with eight easy hors d'oeuvres
The Harvest Party Circuit

To taste new wines before they disappear into barrels, visit these celebrations around the world

Letter-Perfect Wine Pairings An irreverent, irresistible, alphabetical guide to matching food and wine.
The Feminine Mystique A peek at the women--from Mona Lisa to Marilyn Monroe--who appear (nude and not) on wine labels
Insider's Strasbourg One of Alsace's top vintners reveals where the locals eat--winstubs and all
Stars of Burgundy At their historic estate in Vosne-Romanee, three women are beating the odds to produce some of Burgundy's most spectacular wines.
Food Lovers Tell All Seven food pros share their latest travel tales.
Wine Shops with Waiters A new breed of restaurant sells great bottles of wine to stay or to go.
Red Hot Chile Chile creates many affordable wines but few great ones. Casa Lapostolle has changed all that.
Vintage Style Our columnist visits three friends with wine on their minds
Prial's Picks The New York Times' critic pays homage to seven favorite winemakers.