Jon Bonné is senior contributing editor for PUNCH, wine columnist at The San Francisco Chronicle and author of The New California Wine. He is currently working on his next book, The New French Wine. He lives in New York City.
Welcome to “Crib Sheet,” your monthly shortcut to what’s hot in wine right now, in four bottles, courtesy of Jon Bonné. This month: A guide to the red wines hailing from the slopes of Italy’s most active volcano.
Oregon’s narrative has long been defined by comparisons to Burgundy—but what if its true soulmate is the Loire Valley? Jon Bonné on this alternate view of the state’s wine identity and the producers who are shaping it.
Not fully French, and strongly influenced by Italy, Corsica is a wine island unto itself. Jon Bonné on what it means for a wine to be Corsican, and how the island fits into the next great chapter in Mediterranean wine.
Innovative winemakers in Vouvray and Montlouis are producing new and ever-more interesting expressions of chenin blanc, battle lines be damned. Here, six wines to try now, from pétillant to dry and still.
For at least a decade, two of the greatest white wine terroirs have been quietly locked in a sort of Kanye vs. Wiz Khalifa-style feud. Jon Bonné on Montlouis vs. Vouvray and how their battle symbolizes the past and future of the Loire’s greatest white grape, chenin blanc.
Welcome to “Crib Sheet,” your monthly shortcut to what’s hot in wine right now, in four bottles, courtesy of Jon Bonné. Up first: Chablis—the world’s great, BS-free expression of chardonnay—and the producers who are defining it today.
Long dismissed as an innocuous companion to oysters, Muscadet is stepping out as a white wine serious enough to nip at the heels of white Burgundy. Jon Bonné on the producers and wines that are defining Muscadet’s new school.