Wine retailers working on commission will insist that price correlates with quality, but, the truth is, spending a little extra doesn’t guarantee you’ll end up with a better bottle of wine. In fact, if you know where to look, you can find considerable value in the $10 to $20 range. To help you find the […]
Kombucha is alive. Not only is it explosively trendy — kombucha is among the top-selling fermented drinks in the country and is expected to grow another 25 percent next year — it is also a living thing. But don’t let its microflora scare you. Kombucha, a fermented carbonated beverage typically made with black or green […]
Winter beers don’t mean much more than marketing these days. Any brewery can release a porter, white IPA, or amber ale during cold-weather months and give it a seasonally themed label. That said, there’s something undeniably appealing about seasonal spices, and, let’s be honest, it’s fun to get festive. With that in mind, we’ve whittled […]
“Good Lambruscos are almost always going to be in the $20 to $30 range,” Keith Beavers, wine professional and VinePair columnist, says as I set up a Lambrusco blind tasting. He’s right. Our panel immediately pans three cloying, $11-ish bottles in rapid succession. Beavers’ wisdom goes against persistent misconceptions about Lambrusco, the sparkling red wine […]
Splurging on Champagne should be enjoyable, but, with the wine’s premium price tag, things can easily become intimidating. To help make sure your hard-earned money returns the perfect bottle, we’ve compiled a list of the best Champagnes to buy right now. All bubbles were blind-tasted by VinePair staff and a group of trusted industry professionals.
Brut IPAs turn ultra-juicy milkshake IPAs on their frothy heads. The style originated in San Francisco as an answer to the East Coast’s now-ubiquitous New England-style IPA. What emerged is a spritzy brew that smells like a juice bomb and drinks like a Spindrift. Breweries started producing brut IPAs in 2018, and, given its newness, […]
The holiday season is fast approaching. If there’s one guarantee (besides heated dinner table “discussions,” and great Aunt Cheryl enjoying one sherry too many), it’s the need for a celebratory beverage. According to Nielsen data, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are the biggest holidays for wine consumption in the U.S. In 2016, the two-week period […]
Pinot Noir is equal parts awe-inspiring and infuriating. In cooler climates, it produces complex, elegant wines. When temperatures are too hot, however, or grapes don’t receive enough attention in the vineyard and winery, things can quickly turn jammy and overly alcoholic. In America, Pinot Noir is the third most planted wine grape. It can be […]
In February 2018, photogenic friends George Clooney and Rande Gerber launched Casamigos Mezcal, a joven iteration of the ancient Mexican agave spirit. It retails for $59.99. Clooney and Gerber are not the only estadosunidenses embracing mezcal. In the last five years, shipments to the U.S. have reportedly quadrupled.