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All the Ways Wood Affects Your Wine, Explained

All the Ways Wood Affects Your Wine, Explained

Oak is winemakers’ salt. Used correctly, it can increase the intensity and complexity of wine, add attractive flavors, and elongate the finish. When it comes to “seasoning” wine with oak, winemakers have several options — and very different intentions. In white wines, oak can impart notes of vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel; in reds, oak adds […]

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Ask Adam: Why Aren’t Beers Cheaper at the Brewery?

Ask Adam: Why Aren’t Beers Cheaper at the Brewery?

Send questions to: advice@vinepair.com Should beers at a brewery be cheaper than they are at bars? Perchance to dream, my friend, perchance to dream. It would be logical for a beer to be cheaper at the brewery than at the bar, because the brewery doesn’t have the added distribution costs; unfortunately, that is not the […]

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9 Things You Should Know About Ron Zacapa

9 Things You Should Know About Ron Zacapa

Arguably the most important thing to know about rum this time of year is that it’s in your glass. And while we too plan on pursuing carefree rum consumption this season, while also quietly praying that “moisture wicking technology” is actually a thing, we like getting a bit better acquainted with our favorite spirits: tequila, […]

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Looking to Collect and Age Wine? Start With Italy

Looking to Collect and Age Wine? Start With Italy

Collecting wine can involve complex bidding wars on rare entities with nebulous certificates of authenticity (yeesh). Or it can be as simple as carefully choosing bottles and storing them properly. If you want to dip your toes into the collection pool, start with Italian wine. Sure, there are over 20 regions, and each region is […]

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6 Questions About Rosé You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

6 Questions About Rosé You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

Rosé is in full bloom. The category grew 53 percent by volume in 2017 and, given a recent flush of sales and product launches, 2018 is set to be another banner year. If you have some lingering questions about rosé — where it comes from, how it’s made, and what makes it so popular — rest assured […]

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Barrel-Aged Gins Are Incredible Once You Figure Out the Right Ways to Use Them

Barrel-Aged Gins Are Incredible Once You Figure Out the Right Ways to Use Them

If you find the concept of barrel-aged gin a little perplexing, you’re not alone. Just what is one supposed to do with this amber-colored spirit that has all the botanical flavors of gin, plus whiskey-like notes of wood and vanilla? Treat it like bourbon? Use it in place of traditional gin? Sip it neat? For one, […]

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For Many Winemakers, Concrete Is the Best of Both Worlds

For Many Winemakers, Concrete Is the Best of Both Worlds

For years, oak was the stamp of quality winemaking. Oaked reds were more likely to get top scores by wine critics in the 1980s; and by the 1990s, winemakers sought out ways to impart oak flavors using oak chips and shavings. But over the past decade, taste trends have shifted. That’s not to say that oak […]

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