Cover Photo: A line drawing of women drinking glasses of wine, colored in a soft watercolor rainbow palette. Around them in the air swirl words of various flavors and memories, like "apples and "summer's storm."
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

Making the Language of Wine More Inclusive

Often, the vocabulary of wine is only accessible to people who have the time and money to learn it.

This is Through the Grapevine, a column by Meg Bernhard about wine and power.

How are you? What is your job? Are you going to the beach this summer?

Nuestras parejas son espejos

bodylegssauv blancpinot gris

CepaPie americanoViña espalderaLa crianzavendimiacosecharecogida

AñadaLike clothing?trasiego

brutcuveeelevageQué significa?

  • “An expressive bouquet with powerful aromas of blueberries, black cherries, plums and sweet spices. Very full bodied wine with velvety tannins and round on the palate, it has very concentrated flavours of ripe forest fruits and integrated oak.”

San Francisco Chronicle


Meg Bernhard is a writer from California's Inland Empire who spent several years living in Spain and Belgium. She's written for the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, and others. An essay she wrote for Hazlitt about finding meaning in shared grief will be published in the 2021 Best American Travel Writing anthology. She is currently working on a book about wine and power.