Ray Isle



Halloween Party Drinks: Scary Wines and Spooky Ciders

F&W's executive wine editor is truly a good sport. He broke out his weekend gear (left) and popped by the Today Show this morning to drink Green Goblin Cider and The Velvet Devil Merlot with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Here, some of his top bottles to buy this Halloween.

Awesome Canned Craft Beer

Courtesy of Sierra Nevada

Courtesy of Sierra Nevada

Wine with Fajitas, Otherwise Known as “Fa-HEE-tas”

© Iain Bagwell. Food styling by Simon Andrews.

Choose a red wine with heft to match fajitas' powerful flavors.

Great Winter Beers That Don't Taste Like Spiced Pop-Tarts

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Courtesy of Sierra Nevada

A Valentine's Day Wine Survival Guide

© Michael Turek

Pair crisp, minerally Muscadet with the raw oysters you plan to
share with that hot date. © Michael Turek

Battening Down the Hatches with Wine Bottles to Buy by the Case

Ray Isle, Food & Wine's Executive Wine Editor

Illustration by Kathryn Rathke.

Ice Wine, That Peachy-Lychee-Tropical-Honeyed Nectar

Illustration by Kathryn Rathke.

Illustration by Kathryn Rathke.

What This Chef Can Teach You About Wine

Chris Shepherd, an F&W Best New Chef 2013 from Underbelly in Houston, explains why he loves Bandol, is so-so on Champagne and thinks Grüner Veltliner is the coolest wine.

Q. You were at culinary school when you first fell in love with wine, right?
A. Right. I’d go out and buy four Pinot Noirs, for example, from four different regions and try them all—this is Carneros, OK, and this is Santa Lucia Highlands, and this one, OK, this is what Sonoma Coast Pinots are like. I’d spend all my money on wine.

Australian Shiraz: A Regional Guide

Australia has more than 65 wine regions, each of them with its own climate and soil type. As a result, the wines from each region have their own distinctive characters. Here’s a geographic guide to Aussie Shiraz: