“You work in wine, have you seen the movie Somm? What level of certification do you hold?” This question has become ubiquitous for almost anyone who works in wine, whether on the floor of a restaurant, with a distributor, at a wine shop, or even as a lowly writer. There is no question that the attainment of the sommelier certification is on the rise.
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After pining over beautiful, but alas, fictional wine labels, we turn our attention to some actual architectural stunners you’ll find around the wine world. From monstrous cellars to postmodern wineries, we survey some our favorite examples of truly stunning architecture. And wine angels. One cannot overlook the wine angels! Many of the projects below were designed by famous architects, including all of the Spanish wineries we highlighted.
Sometimes a wine leaves such an impression on you that you want to remember that wine forever. While there are lots of ways to keep track of the wines you’ve drunk, from mobile scanning apps to good old fashioned wine journals, sometimes it’s fun to take an artistic approach. Doing something crafty with the label of that oh-so-memorable bottle is one of the best ways to remember a great wine.
Great marketing, ease of growth, ability to please one’s palate – these could all be reasons for calling a grape “noble” and yet only six grapes attain this label.
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.
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.