The idea was simple enough when it first began, Matt Baldassano wanted to make some wine at his apartment in Manhattan to carry on the tradition of his grandfather, and maybe meet a girl or two in the process.
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There’s nothing like opening a wonderful bottle of wine, pouring it in a glass, and sipping throughout the evening, letting oxygen slowly break the wine down, allowing you to enjoy the process of the wine opening up throughout your glass and throughout the evening.
When browsing a wine list, particularly the “by the glass” section, chances are one of the choices on said list will be the establishment’s red and white house wines. The prices are usually pretty good, but unless you’re out looking for a deal, you’ll probably pass it by and tell your companions to do the […]
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 […]
When it comes to wine decanters you can let form or function be your guide. A decanter’s job is simple — expose wine to oxygen, which allows the wine to open up. As we wrote in our Wine 101 guide to decanting wine, the vessel you use is less important than the simple act of decanting; in […]
While we were researching our infographic on Bordeaux’s five famous first growths we worked our way through some fascinating books from the ninteenth century — including a text prepared in advance of The International Exposition of 1867.
The Exposition Universelle of 1855, held in Paris, attracted millions of visitors, who passed through grand halls where the latest works of industry and culture were on display. In the 19th century, France was recognized as the world’s finest producer of wine — so there was no question that wines would be offered for sampling.
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 […]
Whether you want to bring mementos home from your trip, you’re bringing a special bottle with you to drink at your destination, or you foolishly booked your vacation in a dry county (or country!), at one point or another you’re going to travel with booze. Here’s how to do so like a pro.