A wine’s body is one of the biggest clues to help you decide if an unfamiliar grape variety (or region) might be just what you’re looking to drink. Our handy red wine body guide categorizes from light to heavy, over two dozen popular varieties and regions (as wines from the Old World are typically labeled).
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Unless you’re a high roller or work next to a plethora of bodegas, chances are you bring your lunch to work. But you probably also experience Lunch Regret from time to time. Lunch Regret is when you pack yourself a meal the night before or at the last minute the morning of, only to realize […]
I had been studying wine hard for a few months. In fine dining, being a server with only a superficial understanding of the differences between the Rhone Valley and the Loire Valley is pretty nerve-wracking. You’re always eying that sophisticated couple that walks in and sits in your section. Is he wearing a mauve turtleneck? […]
Unless you’re having company (or a really bad day), chances are you won’t drink a whole bottle of wine in one night. You may not even drink half a bottle. Okay, who are we kidding. You’ll probably drink half a bottle. But, given wine’s propensity toward spoiling, you’ll probably want to do something with that […]
When we hear the term Cult Wine in California we often relate it to cult cabs. Big, full bodied small production Cabernet Sauvignon based wines with high alcohol and a good amount of oak, that almost masks the inherent pepper-like characteristic of the variety. But in the 1990’s another cult wine rose to the top: […]
“So if it’s made of corn, is it gluten-free?” I was always torn when answering this question. And I was asked it, many times, when vending craft liquor at a local farmer’s market. My first impulse was to shout “yes! Because all hard liquor is gluten free!” My second was to take the bait and […]
Don’t you feel sophisticated when snacking on a croissant? It’s one of my not-so-guilty pleasures (read: I eat croissants pretty often). While savoring one earlier this week, it dawned on me that I’ve never had a croissant with the most obvious of beverages: wine! But why stop at a croissant? Why not go all out […]
Noble rot. It sounds like an industrial band that’s booked a gig in a warehouse somewhere, but it’s actually what makes dessert wine scrumptiously sweet. Noble rot, known more formally by its scientific name Bortrytis cinerea, is a helpful fungus that can affect wine grapes. So what exactly is Noble rot and how does it […]
Over the past decade boxed wine has been one of the fastest growing segments of wine in America, particularly on the premium side.
On our first date, my ex-boyfriend took me out for a fancy Italian dinner. After he ordered us a bottle of wine to share, he quickly scanned the wine list and was disappointed to find that the bottles were not miraculously at a lower price point than the stuffy Upper East Side locale would suggest.