Despite what Instagram and Twitter trends might have you think, the holidays aren’t the only time for magnums of Champagne or three-liter bottles of Pinot Noir. While the holidays provide an easy excuse for buying wine in excessively large bottles, so do Tuesdays, book clubs, and dinners all year long.
Two Buck Chuck doesn’t exactly have a reputation for aging. While arguably the most well-known wine in America, Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw wine is more often the target of lampoons than accolades among the wine-drinking set. To be honest, I think they overdo it. The fact is, millions of drinkers enjoy Charles Shaw wines, and for that […]
It’s time. After months of waiting, the day has come to open that expensive bottle of wine you’ve been saving for way too long. Maybe it’s the holidays, or you just got a promotion. Or maybe you simply avoided getting fired. Regardless, it’s your moment, and you want to top off the day with a […]
In a time when more wines are available to consumers than ever before, not only are sommeliers constantly looking for new and interesting bottles, but winemakers themselves are looking for innovative, unique ways of making wine. When it comes to aging, producers are experimenting with types of oak, concrete vessel shapes, amphorae, solera systems, sur […]
The difference between Barolo, Brunello and Barbaresco is a story of two grapes, three wine regions, and traditional versus modern winemaking practices. It’s a good, and not coincidentally delicious, wine story.
Some of us are already confronting the minor (so far) physical indignities of age: deeper laugh lines, achier backs, much much longer hangovers. Believe it or not, wine goes through some significant physical changes as it ages, too. But unlike the rest of us, sadly noticing we can’t get rid of our bellies as easily, […]
Oak in wine is like salt for cooking: in some cases it’s an essential seasoning that adds to the depth and flavor of the wine, but in other cases, oak, like salt, can be overdone, drowning the flavors of the wine with flavors and aromas of vanilla and wood.
For years, wine professionals have been telling us when to drink that expensive bottle that we splurged on or were gifted (drink by this date or hold until that date). But what exactly are they referring to? Does wine eventually die? Is there a peak time to enjoy that baller bottle?
You want to nod and look super important when someone mentions that a wine has been aged “sur lie,” or (and bless them), “on the lees.” And even though you thoughtfully take off your glasses and swirl your wine, inside, you’re paralyzed. Because what in the hell are lees? OK, for once and for all, […]