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.
There’s something about Maine lobster that epitomizes summer. Maybe it’s long beach days, the nostalgia of salty breezes, or the freshness and quality synonymous with Maine lobster, often caught and cooked in the same day. But what if your Maine lobster said “Product of Kansas” on its rubber-banded claw? Would the same sentiments and rocky […]
If you’ve ever had a backyard garden, you know the feeling of defeat when invisible pests turn flourishing tomato and zucchini plants into wilted twigs for seemingly no reason. Vineyard managers often face these same microscopic monsters even when Mother Nature is feeling generous and offering long summer days and cool, dry nights. Nature’s henchmen–the […]
Yes, they serve free Krug Champagne at Christie’s wine auctions, a treat I was happy to discover when I attended my first Fine and Rare Wines of the World auction in 2013. Shocked to discover that these auctions are open to the public, I traded yoga pants for the chicest thing in my closet (my […]
“I just got back from (pick a country) where we had this fabulous wine. I asked for it at my favorite wine shop, but they said it wasn’t available here. What’s up with that?” We hear ya! The problem is, the U.S. is the largest wine market in the world, but also the most difficult […]
A few months ago we surveyed you, the VinePair readership, to better understand why you love white wine. The results were compelling and clearly show the taste preferences for the next generation of consumers. People are spending more, and drinking white wine throughout the year. You’re also becoming fans of more obscure varietals, and seeking […]
There’s only one reason to attend a wine passport weekend: to get tipsy in a pastoral setting as cheaply as possible. Despite being marketed as the ideal combination of education and a buzz, with one ticket promising “free” tasting at dozens of wineries, neither learning nor drinking well are guaranteed.
Olivia Pope, the heroine of Shonda Rhimes’ hit show Scandal, is the first black heroine to grace the small screen in 40 years. But the importance of her performance has had a ripple effect beyond just increasing diversity in the television industry. Magnificent in her mastery of all those around her, Olivia Pope is also unique […]