It’s 4:30 p.m. on a Thursday, and the staff of the hottest restaurant in town is going around checking the silverware polish, making sure tablecloths look good, and testing each other on the night’s specials, when in walks a young man in a shirt and tie, toting a rolling suitcase. The servers all exchange wary […]
Around this time of year, the outskirts of Vienna become a lively, tipsy scene as people flock to the patios of the Heuriger. These taverns celebrate the harvest season by pouring wine from the nearby vineyards, or even unfermented juice from the latest grape haul. Quite likely, the liter-sized bottle that awaits on your table […]
From afar, the lifestyle of the successful sommelier looks quite glamorous, featuring perks such as access to a cellar full of Champagne, and with opportunities to show off one’s skills, such as adeptly pouring a magnum with one hand or detailing the weather conditions of a particular vintage from memory. But how does one actually […]
You’ve almost definitely tried a wine from Oregon, whether you found it at your local grocery store, wine boutique, or a top sommelier has recommended one to you.
If there is one French white wine that you definitely need in your repertoire, especially if you like oysters, it’s Muscadet. Sometimes, people hear “Muscadet” and think of Moscato, the sweet wine from Italy, but while the names sound a little bit the same, they couldn’t be more different.
There’s nothing particularly new about the idea of pairing white wine with seafood. In fact, it’s such common knowledge that you’re probably wondering why I would bother to write about it. Well, here’s a new approach: coastal white wines, in which the grapes enjoy cooling maritime breezes along with a sunny growing season. These wines […]
If you’re reaching the point of summer where, after many beachy afternoons and patio barbecues and sidewalk happy hours, you can hardly even look at a bottle of pink wine, know that you are not alone. Rosé fatigue can happen even to those of us who most ardently love this refreshing, warm-weather treat. But don’t […]
It’s simple to explain why the Loire Valley is my absolute favorite wine region. I simply can’t think of any other place where you can find so much diversity in terms of grape varieties, alongside such excellent value and a high proportion of small-scale winemakers devoted to farming organically.
Hosting a dinner party sounds like a great idea—until you actually have to plan it. Then, the sweat breaks as you consider all the variables, from cooking to serving wine to creating atmosphere. But hosting a dinner doesn’t need to be stressful. If there is one culture that can teach you how to throw an […]