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The Perfect Chardonnay

Paul Blow

If I were to describe for you the perfect Chardonnay—my platonic ideal of the wine—it would go something like this: In the glass, t... READ MORE

Absinthe: A Status Check

Paul Blow

It's only been three years since the legalization of absinthe in the United States. But now that the hype that accompanied its reintroduct... READ MORE

Bordeaux: Not Just for the High Rollers

Paul Blow

Last May, Eric Asimov of the Times wrote a brutally direct piece that articulated something I too had been pondering: that to a l... READ MORE

How to Stay Warm with Booze

Paul Blow

While most people associate the hot cocktail with holiday gatherings, I'm keeping the festive spirit alive well past the yuletide. I wa... READ MORE

What We’ll Be Drinking in 2011

Paul Blow

Last year I had a drinking agenda. And I achieved most of my goals. Beaujolais, check: took a trip there in June and brought cases of it home. Madeira, check: drank it often and turned a lot of my friends onto it too. Beer, check: learned a lot and got more into dark beer than ever. Washington state and rum are still works in progress. So what's in my sights for this year? READ MORE

Champagne That’s Not Dosed

Paul Blow

The last two weeks of the year are rife with occasions and excuses to pop open a bottle of Champagne. I don't think anyone needs excuses or... READ MORE

Booze-Centric Books for Gifting

Paul Blow

Two weeks ago, I talked with Robert Camuto about his excellent book on Sicilian wines. This week, I offer more book picks, since it's time... READ MORE

Tasting the Wines of Sicily

Paul Blow

A few years ago I visited Sicily and found myself amazed and enchanted by the incredible diversity of its land and the beauty of its tru... READ MORE

Thanksgiving Wine: What to Drink

Paul Blow

As sure as turkeys will be overcooked and footballs will be fumbled on Thanksgiving, American wine writers will write columns opining on ... READ MORE

The Perfect White Wines for Fall

Paul Blow

The crispness in the air is an indication that autumn has arrived—and it's time to leave light summer wines behind. And though fall is generally a red-wine-friendly time of year, I'm really excited about fall whites. READ MORE