‘Drink Less, But Better’: Actor Sam Neill on Winemaking and What’s Next 

In this interview, Sam Neill discusses everything from shooting a film during the pandemic to his thoughts on natural wine. Though movie fans may know him for blockbusters like Jurassic Park or indie flicks like Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sam Neill’s reputation in the wine world hangs on Pinot Noir. In 1993, he established Two Paddocks winery in Central Otago, New Zealand. Since then, the estate has earned accolades for vibrant, transparent Pinots produced from four distinct vineyards. We last chatted with Neill back in 2008. With Jurassic World: Dominion now on… Read More

30 great places to drink wine in Los Angeles

Critic Bill Addison recommends L.A. wine bars and restaurants with excellent wine lists The wine list at Kismet in Los Feliz — printed on six or so loose sheets of marigold-colored paper, clasped in a small silver binder clip — has no descriptions for the biodynamic Alsatian whites and the sulfur-free Rhône reds it catalogs. The only extraneous information appears in the Skin Contact/Orange category. Under the names and prices of the wines, beverage director Kae Whalen notes the length of time the grapes macerated with their skins during the winemaking process:… Read More

How Sulfites Affect a Wine’s Chemistry 

Wine professionals discuss sulfur’s impact on everything from oxidation to aromatic compounds and texture. The emergence of natural wine and the strong viewpoints that sometimes come with it—or against it—have generated endless arguments about sulfite additions and their effects on wine. Chemistry may be more useful than ideology for resolving those disputes, and on that front, scientific research is increasingly showing that sulfites have a very wide set of effects on wine’s aromas, mouthfeel, structure, and development in both the cellar and the bottle. Traditionally, sulfur dioxide (also known as SO2 or… Read More