Liquids: Southern Hemisphere Wines

Regardless of whether you believe in God or Darwin, you’ve got to wonder about the six-month gap that came between the formation of the Southern […]

Liquids: New England 'Extreme' Beers

Nearly a decade ago, I was editor of a highbrow glossy magazine aimed at savvy Gen-X guys with refined tastes for adventure travel, extreme sports, […]

Liquids: Wines to Buy in 2005

Celebrating the new year in wine terms is sort of retrospective: We look forward to tasting the past. Because all good wine must age for […]

Liquids: Flavored Vodkas

When Ray Isle, managing editor of Wine & Spirits magazine, asked me if I would take part in a tasting panel, I jumped at the […]

Liquids: Malbec

When French winemakers talk about the concept of terroir, they often say there’s no direct English translation for the term, which encompasses several immutable natural […]

Liquids: Portuguese Wines

What I’m about to say may shock or upset you. But many of you often write to ask me what the “next big thing” is, […]

Liquids: Greek Wines

Her name was Vasilia, but my hormone-crazed high school buddies and I called her “Darling Viki,” a reference to Prince’s smutty Purple Rain–era ballad “Darling […]

Liquids: Summer Cocktails

Walking down Boylston Street the other afternoon, I got to thinking about the absurdity of summer business attire. It must have been around 88 degrees, […]

Liquids: Wedding Wines

It’s wedding season, and I’m on a mission. No, not to find a bride (one is enough, thank you), but to challenge every couple I […]

Liquids: Grüner Veltliner

As we learned during the presidential balloting fiasco four years ago, there’s nothing like a good scandal to shake up the system. Now before you […]

Liquids: Carmenère

A show of hands, please: How many of you have ever heard of the carmenère grape? Sir, in the back, I see both of your […]

Liquids: Wine Shops

Near the very last sip of 2003, at the height of the holiday madness, two things happened in the wine world that signaled a new […]

Liquids: Grenache

With the 76th annual Academy Awards airing this year on the evening of Leap Day, I take pleasure in knowing that I have 24 extra […]

Liquids: Drinking Trends in 2004

If Boston starts off the New Year with the same kind of momentum with which it finished the last, we’re in for an exciting vintage. […]

Liquids: Holiday Wine Gifts

By divine design I am not the most patient man in the world. My friends and family would agree—especially my mom, who frequently exhorts me […]