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Zester Daily contributor Zachary Sussman is a Brooklyn-based wine writer. He has regularly contributed stories to the New York and national editions of Tasting Table, which have been mentioned in the "What We're Reading" section of the New York Times Diner's Journal. His work also appears in various national outlets, including Wine & Spirits, Bon Appétit online,, Grape Collective, Serious Eats, and Publix Grape magazine, among others. While not typing or sipping, he manages the graduate program in Creative Writing at New York University. His website is The Verbose Vine.

David Dupasquier in the fields. Courtesy of Domaine Dupasquier

It's probably still premature to break out the Txakoli or Sancerre, or whatever crisp, refreshing white you prefer for summer, but there's definitely a

Winemaker Jo Landron. Credit: Candid Wines

Christmas trees are littering the curb. Bing Crosby's croon has vanished from the radio. No more chestnuts roasting or sleigh bells ringing. Finally, that

Dramatically pouring Asturian sidra natural into a glass, the traditional way. Credit: Greg Nesbit / Asturias Cider Commission

Nobody understood the melancholy-tinged beauty of those transitional months between summer and winter quite like the great Romantic poet John Keats, whose "Ode to

Chile-based French winemaker Louis-Antoine Luyt.

Whenever I hear people say that a bottle of wine "tells a story" or shares some sort of "message," it sounds to me like