Sommeliers are having a moment. Documentaries and television shows are proliferating, as are worshipful works of nonfiction about these adored wine whisperers. As masters of one of the most universally intimidating aspects of our lifestyle culture, sommeliers are now ricocheting to the tops of rock star lists, the way chefs once did 30 years ago.
Send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Do I need to keep my sparkling wine corked while it’s open? How fast will it go flat? If you’re planning to drink the entire bottle, then continuing to recork the bottle after pouring each glass is a bit of overkill. The bottle will not go flat in one sitting.
My friend always eats the garnish, even if it’s a leaf of basil. Is this weird? The garnish is edible, so while this is quirky of your friend, it’s not really that weird. We eat olives and maraschino cherries, and they are technically garnishes, so if your friend wants to eat the garnish, power to […]
Send all questions to email@example.com A Sommelier friend says that open white wine stays good in the fridge for three weeks – is that true? While your friend is more than welcome to keep drinking old wine, they’re wrong that it’s still good. Wine starts to devolve into vinegar the second the cork is popped […]
Tequila is one of the most popular spirits in the world, but the spirit can still be incredibly confusing. While it’s pretty widely known that tequila is made from 100 percent agave, most probably don’t realize that the spirit can only be made in certain parts of Mexico.
Why do I have to pay a corkage fee at a restaurant if I bring my own wine and why does it vary so much? If you have a special bottle at home that you’d rather drink with your meal instead of ordering a bottle off the list, then you’re going to have to pay […]
Pinot Grigio is often a wine thought of for porch sipping and garden parties. It’s been poo-pooed as of late as being not serious and over-ordered, and while it’s true that there are some seriously mass-produced bottles on the market, there are also still some stunners. Case in point, Scarbolo Ramato Pinot Grigio.
There’s no denying that bourbon has become the brown spirit most American drinkers prefer over any other, but what these drinkers may not realize is that this American whiskey has a lot in common with its Scottish cousin, especially in the ways in which it is made. And that means if you’re fond of bourbon, […]
Send all questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org Can I pair cocktails with a meal? Absolutely! There are lots of cocktails that can go extremely well with your meal and I’m not just talking about oysters and a Martini or a steak and an Old Fashioned. Think about the flavors you’re going to be having and then pair […]