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4 New Wine Regions to Watch

Wine regions

T+L’s resident expert Bruce Schoenfeld identifies four emerging destinations—and the best bottles in each.


Riesling zealots are transforming the once-indistinct wines of the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas into some of America’s crispest whites.

T+L Pick: Left Foot Charley 2013 The Missing Spire Riesling is semisweet with enough spine to pair with Thai and Vietnamese dishes.

Where to Sip: The waterfront Boathouse Restaurant, in Traverse City, has a wide selection of wines from the state.

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Mendoza's Authentic Wine Scene

Vines Resort & Spa, Uco Valley

Bruce Schoenfeld finds a wave of authenticity in Argentina’s best-loved wine region.

The swirl-and-sip set are flocking to Mendoza. They gather in hotel lobbies wearing sandals and gaucho hats, bound for Catena Zapata’s Mayan pyramid of a winery or a polo match at Cheval des Andes. Nearly a dozen wine-tourism companies are operating excursions to the large, important producers. There’s even a continental dining scene striving for global recognition.

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Great Wine Bars in Paris

Paris Wine Bars: Legrand Filles et Fils

The recent rage for wine bars reflects a change in the way the French think—and drink.

I’ve been visiting Paris since the 1970’s. But on a recent trip, I noted something radically unfamiliar. At Verjus, a new hot spot by the Palais Royal, a roomful of people were sipping Chinon and Chenin Blanc by the glass, not a dinner plate in sight.

Wine bars have always seemed the antithesis of how the French experience wine. While Americans gravitate toward big-bodied creations with the kick of a cocktail, the French favor restraint, seeing it as a piece of a larger prandial puzzle. An aperitif in Paris has always meant a Lillet, a kir, maybe a beer. Wines by the glass were usually barely drinkable vin ordinaire.

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Travel the World on Internet Radio


This morning I’m listening to a traffic report from Chicago – huge backups on the Dan Ryan, slow going on the Eisenhower – yet I’m sitting at home in Colorado.

All day long, I dip into the culture of other places through Internet radio. This isn’t Sirius or XM; in fact, I’d call it the opposite. Instead of homogenized programming for national consumption, it’s relentlessly local. It’s Cajun music from Louisiana, jazz from Manhattan, sports talk from Boston, a chat show from Adelaide, classical music from Switzerland. You could do it all on your laptop (and I do when I travel.) But an Internet receiver gives you far better sound, and it looks like a radio. I use a handsome Sangean the size of a shoebox that lets me pre-set 12 stations, though I change the presets all the time.

Here are some stations that I have set right now:

*BBC London – Robert Elms, a friend of two decades, has a quirky show with literary guests and great music every weekday morning. I hear it over breakfast.

*KING, Seattle – The best classical station I’ve come across. I put it on as background music all day.

*Carstairs Kitchen Radio – Literally some guy in Carstairs, Alberta, Canada, who runs a radio station out of his kitchen. It’s a wonderfully eclectic mix of music, a lot of big-band stuff, and no talking between.

*WEEI, Boston – To hear the latest chatter and gossip about my beloved Red Sox.

*WBBM, Chicago – I alternate this all-news station with WCBS, New York, WBZ from Boston, and KNX, Los Angeles. I get the important national stories, but also local news so I feel like I’m traveling.

*WKCR, New York – The Columbia University station. Phil Schaap digs up scratchy old recordings I’ve never heard for his hours-long jazz extravaganzas.

*Minnesota Public Radio – Or sometimes Vermont Public Radio, or Nebraska Public Radio. Slightly different programming than my local NPR outlet. And I can avoid the pledge drives. 

You can get even more exotic, and I have. But the novelty of grabbing a signal from the Ivory Coast or Iceland wears off after a while, especially if you can’t understand the language. Even if I set out to span the globe, I find myself returning to programming I actually want to hear. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of that.

Bruce Schoenfeld is Travel + Leisure's wine and spirits editor.


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