Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

Since the birth of agriculture more than 10,000 years ago, autumn has been synonymous with harvest and celebration. The days grow shorter and the nights colder. The verdant hues of summer’s paintbrush explode into rich reds, oranges, and golds, and the raw crunch of fresh vegetables gives way to the warmth of squash, grain, and other prizes of the hard won harvest. It is a time of year when we prepare ourselves for the winter ahead the most human way we know how: feasting upon our labor’s fruits.  Read more

Jean-Louis Chave: 16 generations of wine

The Chave family has a proud tradition of making wine going back 16 generations. One need only to look at the neck label of any of their bottles to see “Vignerons de Père en Fils depuis 1481,” which translates to “vine growers from father to son since 1481,” to get a sense of it. The family began cultivating vines at this time in the appellation known today as the St. Joseph AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée), Read more

Arianna Occhipinti: Viticultural renaissance woman

Sicily’s history with wine stretches back far enough that it’s said the Greek god of the grape harvest, wine, ritual madness, and ecstasy Dionysus (also known as Bacchus) himself brought viticulture to the region. What’s known for certain is that wine has been cultivated in the area since 1,500 BCE, Read more