In winery tasting rooms across the country, spit buckets line the bar. Whether people use them or not, the simple presence of the buckets means the expectation is there. But for some reason, you don’t see spit buckets in a brewery, and ditto at liquor tastings. Whether it’s served in cocktails or neat, there are no spit buckets.
You’re browsing the wine shelf at your local wine store. You pass bottles from France, Italy, California, Spain. You see the usuals, but you want something different, something special. If that’s the case, keep walking. Stop when you spot the Chilean section. Chilean wine, no matter what you think about the taste, is special.
It’s 7 p.m. on a cold Monday night in December and I’m deeply skeptical. I’m in a swanky Upper East Side apartment with one of those elevators that opens right into a private residence. The scent of expensive perfume lingers in the air. A room full of impeccably clad wine professionals stand gathered around a […]
Tuscany is a wine region famous for its beauty and tradition. But one wine breaks the rules of the region, creating a blend that is anything but traditional. That wine is the Super Tuscan, a term you may have encountered while pursuing the menu of a fancy Italian restaurant or steakhouse, or heard from a wine […]
Kosher wine has been gaining popularity among mainstream consumers recently, but the laws are detailed, and often complicated. Contrary to popular belief, kosher wine is not blessed by a rabbi; instead, once the grapes are pressed, only Sabbath-observant Jews can touch the wine. If a non-Jew or even a non-Orthodox Jew touches the wine, the entire vat […]
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art recently put around 375,000 photos onto their website for public domain use. The images are free for anyone to use however they wish, if they can sort through them all to find what they want. Here at VinePair, we did the searching for you to find the best beer- […]
Brahm Callahan is used to being the most knowledgeable wine professional in the room. Thirty-two years old with a face that looks 10 years younger, Callahan is one of only 149 Master Sommeliers in the United States. That’s fewer American Master Sommeliers than American Nobel Prize laureates, fewer American Master Sommeliers than people who were […]
Send all queries to firstname.lastname@example.org Can I put my white wine in my Soda Stream and make sparkling wine? It won’t really become the same thing. Sparkling wine is made via a secondary fermentation into a sealed tank or bottle. During fermentation, the byproduct of yeast-eating sugar is alcohol and CO2.
It’s hard to miss the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. It’s towers are no longer the tallest structures in the Western Hemisphere, but it’s been immortalized in movies. Plus, walking the bridge is on nearly every tourist’s checklist. Yet deep underneath the bridge is a wine-soaked history most of the country is unaware of.