Beaujolais Nouveau Day is a worldwide marketing phenomenon, largely dreamed up by French wine merchant George Duboeuf in the early 1970s. You can read the full story of how the day came to be, but if you’re here, you probably have a good idea what Beaujolais Nouveau Day is.
In the years leading up to Prohibition, the largest winery in the world sprawled across a 47-acre campus, perched upon the San Francisco Bay. Its name was Winehaven. At its peak capacity the winery and its warehouses could hold 12 million gallons of wine, which were distributed by sea from an 1,800 foot wharf, and […]
My favorite thing about harvest is the intoxicating aroma. Like some kind of exotic pie, it’s a mix of over-ripe tropical fruit and fresh-baked pastry dough. It permeates the air, and every time I smell it, it sends a little shiver of joy down my spine. Many things about harvesting grapes and making wine seem […]
While the history of California’s wine industry goes back far into the nineteenth century, Prohibition meant the end for the vast majority of the state’s vineyards. The period after Prohibition through the 1960s was one marked by cheap jug wines and sweet, fortified high alcohol wines. After decades of post-prohibition stagnation, a new generation of winemakers […]
When France seized Algeria as a colony in 1830, the country produced virtually no wine. Fifty years later, as Phylloxera ravaged French vineyards, plantings and production in Algeria soared. By the 1930s, Algeria had grown into the world’s largest exporter of wine, a title it largely held onto until 1962, when the French ceded control […]
We love wine bars, but we have to admit that many lists at these fine establishments often tend to look the same, no matter what stool you wind up straddling. Inspired by our pals at Eater’s recent post showing what every trendy restaurant menu looks like, we decided to create a similar one for the 2014 […]
American Viticultural Areas, which go by the shorthand AVA, are similar to the geographical wine classification systems that were pioneered in Europe. We say similar because there are some key differences. AVAs, like their Old World, brethren are restricted by geographical boundaries. If a wine label bears an AVA, at least 75% of the grapes used to […]
“Yes, a bunch of San Francisco engineers went to learn from an industry that, at its heart, is built on purists proudly allergic to technology.” — Christine Lagorio-Chafkin for Inc. Before helping to start VinePair, I spent five years at a mobile messaging startup. I’ve left the world of mobile, but I still follow it […]
When we romanticize wine drinking over the past 50 years, most of us begin to form a very specific picture in our mind, and that image usually includes French or Italians.