Chances are, if you offer white Burgundy to the average wine drinker, they’ll be flattered and delighted. Offer Chardonnay to many American wine drinkers, however, and it’s possible you’ll hear “ABC — Anything but Chardonnay!” Despite being California’s most widely planted wine grape, with 94,532 acres in 2016, many Americans are Chardonnay haters.
Gone are the days when “American cheese” was synonymous with “orange, plasticky, and flavorless.” In fact, there’s never been a more exciting time to be eating cheese made in America. There are hundreds of small, family-owned creameries across the United States, each with its own story and line.
Most of us have a pretty good idea of how we’re supposed to be eating — less sugar, more fiber, more good fats. Shop local, pay attention to labels, blah blah blah. We know the drill. If you try to hold your wine to a similar standard of transparency, however, you’ll end up frustrated. There’s […]
If you ever want to see a truly wistful gaze in someone’s eyes, try saying “Paris” to a food lover. The City of Light has rightly secured its place as a global capital of wine, bread, and cheese. While we’d heartily recommend pursuing all of the above while on a Paris trip, French cheese is […]
So, you’re the lucky devil who gets to bring cheese to the party. Congratulations! You officially have the most fun assignment. Anyone else bringing food, whether it’s a store-bought baguette or their great aunt Helen’s famous homemade brownies, will be immediately overshadowed by a good cheese board. Mouths will water, conversations will stop, and, all […]
We’re never gonna tell you not to eat cheese with your wine. That we can solemnly swear. However, if you’re a beer drinker, beer and cheese pairings are very much worth your time. Think about it — beer is grain-based and effervescent, so putting it with cheese can be an easier, more balanced path to […]
While most wine and cheese pairings are going to be pretty darn O.K., there’s a special kind of magic when the flavors and textures of your wine and cheese are well matched. And who better to match them than someone who made one of them? So, we asked 10 winemakers their favorite cheese pairings for […]
While we can’t say we have lots of experience with leftover Champagne, the phenomenon certainly isn’t unheard of, especially this time of year. You are having some friends over for a holiday party, festive dinner, New Year’s Eve fete, and providing plenty of lovely wine, but later find yourself with half a bottle of sparkling […]
Less than a century old, Japanese whisky has no shortage of devotees. (There is a shortage of the stuff itself, though. It’s expected to last at least a decade). It’s been less than five years since expert Jim Murray named a Japanese single malt the best whisky in the world. Since then, the category’s cult […]