Going out on a budget can be hard. You want to get the best wine for your money, but you also don’t have a lot of money. As you peruse the wine list trying to figure out what to do, a little voice in your head echoes something you’ve heard repeated time and time again: […]
Winemakers are the prom queens of the wine business. Generally, they deserve their tiaras and the spotlight — there really is a degree of magic in transforming a pile of grapes into delicious wine, after all.
United States wine consumers are ready to buck the establishment. Power in the wine world is shifting away from scores, critics and renowned winemaking regions. Instead, consumers are turning to more obscure, native grapes and New World wineries that offer value over prestige. Blame the hipster sommelier, too many voices writing about wine, millennials or […]
Paumanok Vineyards is humming with machines. In late September in the midst of harvest, winemaker Kareem Massoud followed a tube that ran from the truck bed of recently harvested Merlot grapes, to an automated destemmer. A little bit of juice washed over the white conveyor belt, followed by a wave of grapes. Seven men combed […]
Things start to get a little spooky in October. Whether it’s the onset of cold weather, the endless stream of horror movies, or just early observance of Halloween traditions, there is more talk about hauntings during the month of October than any other time of the year. But here’s the catch: Hauntings (if you believe […]
It’s 4:30 p.m. on a Thursday, and the staff of the hottest restaurant in town is going around checking the silverware polish, making sure tablecloths look good, and testing each other on the night’s specials, when in walks a young man in a shirt and tie, toting a rolling suitcase. The servers all exchange wary […]
Everything served at a no-tipping restaurant is more expensive than at a tipping restaurant. That much is obvious — how else is the business going to cover the cost of higher server wages? Now, it’s more likely than ever that you will end up at a ”gratuity included” restaurant because the number of places going […]
A lot of human energy goes into the production and sales of alcohol. Pretty much everyone of legal drinking age knows about the basics — the brewers, winemakers, bartenders and shop owners — but there is a wide swath of alcohol careers that the average person never even considers. Many of the jobs are so […]
For some people — OK, for Miles from ”Sideways” — there’s no such things as a “Top 10” for Merlot, American or otherwise. But then Miles talks about Pinot Noir likes it’s the shy, sexy foreign exchange student in high school, so maybe let’s leave his opinion aside and consult the folks who actually buy […]
The cork-or-cap debate certainly isn’t settled, and we’re glad to contribute to the ongoing research by opening as many bottles as it takes until somebody decides for good, or we’re all too drunk to care just what was keeping the bottle closed in the first place.