Sophie Helene Menin writes about food and wine, sense of place and the pleasures of the table. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Departures and Saveur, among other publications. She lives in New York City.

Drinking Made Easy

The New York Times wine critic talks about why tasting notes are pointless, how he fell in love with wine, and his high school beer column.

Beyond Noma

It may be the best restaurant in the world, but Noma has a lot of interesting and creative competition in its own country.

What Women Drink

Wine critic Karen MacNeil on taking the helm at Bottlenotes and the gender divide in wine drinking.

A Wine Revolution

A new generation of wine producers are embracing organic, biodynamic, and natural ways of producing their wines—and changing the way we drink.

World's Most Extravagant BYOB

This week the world’s greatest winemakers will gather in New York for an annual bacchanal of tasting and feasting. Sophie Menin speaks to Daniel Johnnes who organizes the event.

Beyond Champagne

Don’t want to spend your whole holiday budget on Champagne? Sophie Menin recommends great sparkling wines from France, Spain, and Italy that are unusual and delicious—but don’t break the bank.

The Best Thanksgiving Wines

What wine to serve at Thanksgiving can flummox even the heartiest of gourmands. Sophie Menin offers guide to heavenly wines to suit all kinds of meals.

Into the Heart of Turkey

A visit to the city of Bodrum leads writer Sophie Menin to explore the wonderful culinary traditions of the country and to recommend recipes for recreating the food at home.