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Champagne glasses ready for toasting. ©Kevin Day/Opening a Bottle

December 9, 2021 • 5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST

Our Next Wine Class

Join us for our next virtual wine class as Kevin Day and acclaimed author Zachary Sussman explore champagne and its remarkable ability to pair with food. Subscribers get free access. Tickets are $40/log in for general public via Eventbrite.

Welcome to the new Opening a Bottle

European wines explored, explained and celebrated through virtual tastings.

Wines to Admire

What we've been drinking and enjoying. Short, concise and if not educational, at least a little entertaining. Available to paying subscribers.

2019 Comando G La Bruja de Rozas ©Clay Dillow for Opening a Bottle

Comando G

Who would name their winery "Comando G?"

Well, according to writer Clay Dillow, two of the most talented winemakers in Spain, that's who.

Essential Winemakers

Our curated list of the most compelling winemakers from around the nation's we know best: Italy and France. Available to paid subscribers. Each profile includes comprehensive info on practices, philosophy, tasting notes on top wines and visitation info.

Recent Updates Among the Essential Winemakers

Winemakers we have recently added, as well as some deemed "still essential" after a fresh review.

The Bricco Boschis vineyard in Barolo, where Cavallotto sources some of their Nebbiolo grapes for their Langhe Nebbiolo. ©Cavallotto

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First-Taste Guide to Langhe Nebbiolo

Get to know the wine now widely considered the "second wine" to Barolo and Barbaresco. We interviewed winemaker Alfio Cavallotto for perspective.

“Of course, it is better to have healthy soil, too. But if you make the best biodynamic matter, yet your genetics is one type of Teroldego, the taste will be very limited.”

–Elisabetta Foradori on the importance of massal selection

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A deep-dive into singular places of viticulture. Free to all. Go to this section.

Things That Matter to Us in Wine

Throughout the site we hallmark wines and wineries with icons denoting what is special about them. Here are just a few of the things we find fascinating in wine, and why. Learn more with our guide to all wine icons.

About Opening a Bottle

A worldwide network of wine experts propels this magazine ... just kidding. It's mostly a passionate wine obsessive in Colorado with some help from his very, very talented friends.

Key to Our Wine Icons

– Practicing Organic
 – Certified Organic
 – Practicing Biodynamic
 – Certified Biodynamic
– Promotes Biodiversity
– Old Vines
– Heroic Viticulture
– Volcanic Soil
– Traditional Winemaking
– Clay Vessel Winemaking
– Family-Operated Winery
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– Stay at Winery
– Olive Oil Producer
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