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.
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.
Long Island wine has long been stymied by a number of factors—most notably its initial Bordeaux aspirations. But despite the odds stacked against it, that’s changing. Jon Bonné meets with the winemakers, both new and established, who are charting a new path ahead.
This month, two of wine’s most iconic books—The Oxford Companion to Wine and The Wine Bible—saw updated editions. Jon Bonné reviews both, and considers the challenge of staying current and authoritative in today’s ever-changing wine world.
The natural wine movement has gone from fringe to more visible over the last several years. With it, the context in which we encounter and experience the wines has begun to change, too. Jon Bonné on the next “Nat Pack” and a new, friendlier era of natural wine consumption.
Over the last decade, the Jura has emerged as an impossibly hip antihero for a new era of wine consumption. But how much of the region’s accepted narrative is actually true, and how much of it has been fabricated by our own blind adoration? Jon Bonné separates fact from fiction.
Beaujolais is at a crucial moment as it moves beyond its second-rate past and seeks to define a new legacy for itself. The question is: What is that legacy? Jon Bonné on terroir, identity and the next generation of winemakers who will shape the region’s future.
What, exactly, makes a wine list great? Jon Bonné on the new tenets that define a successful wine program, and why he believes Gramercy Tavern is a perfect reflection of how we, at our best, drink today.
In the torpor of August, even the most discerning wine brain needs a break. Jon Bonné makes the case for the wine equivalent of a great beach read: bottles that are delicious, cheap ($15 and under cheap) and satisfyingly uncomplicated.
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