Welcome to the new Opening a Bottle

European wines explored, explained and celebrated through virtual tastings.

A Visit with Alice Bouvot of Domaine de l’Octavin

Camilla Gjerde explores how spontaneity and serendipity have shaped the career of the Jura-based winemaker, Alice Bouvot in this specially selected excerpt from her forthcoming book, We Don’t Want Any Crap in Our Wine.

Poppies in the vineyard of the Grand Cru Hengst in Alsace, France. ©Kevin Day/Opening a Bottle

October 23, 2021 • 5pm PST / 8pm EST

Our Next Wine Class

Join us for our next virtual wine class as we explore natural wines: what they are, what they aspire for, and why they matter. Subscribers get free access. Tickets are $45/log in for general public via Eventbrite.

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.

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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.

When we took over the vineyard in the late 1970s, we found roughly a hundred hand grenades that were unexploded.”

–Olivier Humbrecht MW (Domaine Zind-Humbrecht) on the Grand Cru Rangen de Thann

Vineyard Stories

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
– Historic Winery
– Co-operative Winery
– Négociant
– Stay at Winery
– Olive Oil Producer
– Age-Worthy Wine
– Expensive Wine (+$100)
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