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.
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.
A greater number of single-cru bottlings and the arrival of newly designated sub-zones have helped Muscadet elevate its reputation, drawing worthy comparisons to white Burgundy. But what will it take for the region to truly set itself apart? Jon Bonné considers Muscadet’s past and future through the eyes of the winemakers looking to reshape it.
The regions of Baden and Württemberg—collectively referred to as “Swabia”—have long produced wines that defy what we’ve come to connote with “German wine,” in large part because they are less distinctly German than they are a hybrid of various central European wine cultures. Jon Bonné on why they may be the next big thing.
From California doubling down on Tuesday night wines to Oregon’s embrace of a new muse to the Savoie finally climbing out of the Jura’s hip-cocked shadow, Jon Bonné lays out the wine stories that will make a difference in 2016.
Wine collecting doesn’t have to be (and shouldn’t be) just for the one percent. Jon Bonné on how real people can start a wine collection, via the regions and producers that offer value at non-prohibitive prices.
In the last 20 years, wine collecting has become a rarefied sport, fraught with testosterone-fueled auctions and scandalizing fraud. But there is still longevity and value to be found in affordable wines—if you know where to look. Jon Bonné on how we got here, and and how to play the game by playing outside of it.
Cider is undeniably having a moment in America, one that bears resemblance to the state of California wine a century ago. Jon Bonné on the current cider revival, and the guy who has become a symbol of where it might lead.
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