Welcome to the worst travel week of the year. Yay! We’ve all made it – can you tell we’re thrilled? As the entire country gets ready to load into cars, buses, trains and airplanes to travel to family and friends in the far reaches of the U.S.
The Wine Blog
It’s such a treat to be invited out for the Thanksgiving meal. You get to enjoy all of the delicious dishes without the hassle of having to shop, prep, chop, bake, slice, and dice. But with the role of ”guest” comes the need to show your host just how much you appreciate all of their […]
Beaujolais Nouveau Day is a worldwide marketing phenomenon, largely dreamed up by French wine merchant George Duboeuf in the early 1970s. You can read the full story of how the day came to be, but if you’re here, you probably have a good idea what Beaujolais Nouveau Day is.
The leaves have changed and wine shops are ordering bottles like mad for you put on the Thanksgiving table. There’ll be deals and shelf talkers and crowds of confused consumers trying to find the right wine for the cornucopia of flavors that come with decades of tradition and the desire to incorporate one’s own native […]
Barrel-aged beers are more popular than ever before. In fact the #2 beer in the world, according to both Beer Advocate and Rate Beer, is Cigar City’s Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout, and that position isn’t an anomaly, but instead just the most famous of the incredible number of barrel-aged beers that are now considered by beer […]
Thanksgiving, the holiday of food, football and, of course, family. And while we love the food part — who doesn’t love the one opportunity a year when gorging yourself is actually encouraged — the only thing we get nervous about is the part that includes family.
The last bottle of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc I opened was totally baffling; beautifully concentrated and floral, but with an initial undertone of something like burnt plastic that was an adjustment. After a few minutes of opening up outside in the inevitable fall air, it almost elicited a kind of melancholy in the glass. Metaphorically […]
Every year around this time, the campaign begins. Like an upstairs neighbor who insists on practicing their badly tuned trumpet at 2AM, no matter where you go, you’ll encounter marketing material for Beaujolais Nouveau. On the third Thursday of November, the wine gets released, and shops everywhere flood their shelves, hoping the aggressive marketing campaign […]
If you’ve ever wondered where sparkling wines get there bubbles from you’re in luck. Our infographic beautifully illustrates the steps that winemakers take to turn regular wine (base wine is the technical term) into the bubbly variety. The vast majority of sparkling wine* is made using one of these three different methods, all of which are […]