For many other alcohols, we know the deal when it comes to tipping: either a dollar a drink if at the bar and the bartender simply popped a cap or poured the drink from a tap or bottle, or two dollars a drink if there was mixology involved. But what about tipping on wine, especially when certain bottles can be hundreds, even thousands, of dollars.
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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 make it must have been grown in that area (some states have higher requirements, such as California which requires 100%).
We know it’s silly to judge a book by its cover, especially when it comes to wine. Still, when we look over these beautiful wine label concepts we can’t help but reach for our wallets. Some of these are design projects and others are limited edition/one-off labels for actual wineries or corporate clients. Whatever the case, you’re not going to find them on the shelves of your local wine shop.
Contrary to popular belief, the wine spritzer was not invented for the sole purpose of being slurped down by extras on the show Dallas, the guests at your grandmother’s weekly mahjong game and ladies who lunch everywhere. In fact, the spritzer is in vogue once again, currently making a comeback on hipster rooftops, garden parties across the nation and even Shark Tank, where a new product, Bon Affair, was recently funded.
Do you have a “wine connoisseur” friend? Have you seen someone gurgle wine around his mouth loudly (and off-puttingly)? Has anyone lectured to you about a wine’s characteristics, about its vintage, terroir, vinification process and so much more than you were looking for? Did you ever find yourself thinking, ‘Forget the rituals and the trivia and just enjoy wine for the way it tastes!’? Well, there are many good reasons to question wine-worship.
When a wine comes to the point of clogging our Instagram feeds with its own meme — yes, we’re talking about Yes Way Rosé — we can officially proclaim its arrival. At this point it seems you’d have to actually try hard to not find rosé on a wine list, or in the hands of your friends.
Bagels and lox are two of my favorite things. If it were feasible, I’d probably eat the combo every morning for breakfast, but since I can only brave the wait time at Russ & Daughters every so often, I wind up using this dish as my weekend treat, when I really want to start the day right!
Our mission at VinePair is to ”remove the anxiety, pretension and insider language from one of the world’s oldest beverages.” We try to do that in ways like translating wine language into plain English and introducing you to wines you might not know. Today? We’re just having fun. A few months ago we used Google’s Autocomplete feature to see what Americans thought about popular wines. For example: Why does Merlot get a bad rap?
Months before Molly Antopol’s debut collection of short stories The UnAmericans was published this past February, I began to hear buzz about her and her work. As I approached the book for a book club this past spring, I was a little nervous, as I’m so often disappointed by books that don’t live up to the hype surrounding their work.