March is one of the most frustrating months of the year. In our minds, spring has arrived, though more likely than not, the temperatures still feel like winter. We’re sick of hibernating indoors and sipping fuller-bodied reds, craving the long ago days of summer sun and lighter-bodied vinos. However, March doesn’t have to be so […]
Are you someone who loves a light Pinot Noir or an earthy Cabernet Franc? Don’t we all. While we don’t entirely feel that drinking the same varietals over and over again is boring (I mean, who ever got bored of drinking red Burgundy?!), it definitely does constrain your palate to a very small pool of wine […]
Even vino virgins know you serve red wine with steak and white wine with fish, right? Perhaps traditionally, but not anymore. “Conventionality can sometimes be destructive to creativity,” says Charles Ford, sommelier and general manager at Daisies Chicago.
Looking for good wine at a great value? A California red blend could be your answer. But what exactly is in this mysterious blend? Actually, it could be a lot of things. On top of that, some wines not even marketed as blends are blends. The base of your California red blend is most likely the […]
On a chilly December night, there are only two things we want to be drinking — booze and hot chocolate — and there’s nothing worse than having to decide between the two. So we decided: Why not both? After multiple attempts of swirling and sipping, we’ve finally perfected the recipe for this flawless yet simple Red Wine Hot […]
Tired of your usual go-to bottle of red but not sure where to go? Looking for something a little more interesting than that generic varietal you see all over your favorite wine shop? This week we’re taking it to the Southern Hemisphere and exploring the wines of the Colchagua Valley, one of Chile’s most renowned […]
Some things just go together: peanut butter and jelly, Sonny and Cher, cookies and milk. But here at VinePair, we believe that one pairing surpasses them all. Yep. You guessed it: wine and food. When they work together, they can bring out the best that each has to offer. It’s true that some wines, generally light and […]
You know how you go for the slightly shinier apple, or get (briefly) bummed when the Big Mac in your hands looks absolutely nothing like the Big Mac in the commercial? Like it or not, aesthetics factor into consumer judgment as much as — often more than — substance. But not because we’re monsters.
Ask most people how many grape varieties are out there, you’ll get the usual insane variety of survey answers. Three. Four thousand. Who are you and why are you asking me this? etc. In truth, most people beyond the walls of the Master Somm exam room know a handful of grape varieties at best. Chardonnay, […]