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.
The World Cup is underway down in Brazil and things are off to a fun start. Yesterday we shared a recipe for a delicious tasting (and looking) Blackberry Cabernet Caipirinha. Today we’re taking a look at the 32 countries competing in this year’s World Cup and seeing which varietal of wine (if any) is most popularly […]
The US wine world is always evolving. As our wine culture continues to grow, it seems every day there is a new wine to try or new people looking to learn more. Because, relatively, we are still young and inexperienced when it comes to wine, we decided to look at who was responsible for influencing […]
Did you know that every state charges excise taxes on wine, spirits and beer? If not, here are three maps that show how widely those taxes can vary, both state to state, and on the three different classes of alcoholic beverages within a particular state.
The United States is both one of the world’s largest consumers and producers of wine, yet most of the wine we produce here never makes it past our nation’s borders (and of course the three-tier system doesn’t make it easy to ship wine over state borders either). While we keep most of our wine to […]