In June 2018, Bordeaux celebrated the 20th anniversary of Bordeaux Fête le Vin, the biggest wine tourism event in Europe. Nearly 62,000 people turned out for the five-day event. It’s no secret that Bordeaux is one of the world’s premier winemaking regions and in recent years, a top tourism destination — nearly 6 million people visit […]
Preparing for a marathon is a grueling prospect involving months of training. For one French marathon, however, getting those all-important miles is only half the battle. Passing through some of the most prestigious winemaking villages in Bordeaux, the Marathon du Médoc combines a 26.2-mile road race with a 23-stop wine-tasting drinkathon. To succeed in this […]
You might have heard of claret, the catch-all, English-gentleman’s name for the red wines of Bordeaux. Nowadays, the word evokes images of an “I say there, old chap” class of power-lunch-eating, expense-account-drinking Oxford graduates. But claret wasn’t always the preserve of the rich and privileged. The word is an anglicization of “clairet,” which was cheaply […]
“Bordeaux comes with a lot of baggage,” says James Sligh, sommelier at much-loved New York wine bar La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels.
The idea of drinking red wine when it’s hot outside can seem counterintuitive. Who on earth would want to pop open a red when the grill is going? A glass of white or rosé seems so much more refreshing. The problem is, red wines go so much better with what’s on your grill than the […]
As the seasons change from spring to summer, the universe finds itself in flux. Don’t get swept away with cosmic currents — discover your drinks destiny to see what the cosmos has in store. From star-studded skies to sparkly spirits, here is VinePair’s May 2018 drink horoscope for every sign of the zodiac.
At the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux, a series of tastings held earlier this year, the 2015 Bordeaux vintage inspired strong reactions. Bursting with ripe fruit and structure, these wines are regarded as the region’s best since 2009 and 2010. Or, to put it less delicately, people are freaking out about the 2015 Bordeaux. […]
In typical stuck-up sommelier fashion, I’m always skeptical of big-name wineries. If a winery has gained acclaim among the masses, does it really produce high-quality wine, or has it drifted across the line into large-scale production devoid of character? Knowing the prevalence across the U.S. of Cousiño-Macul, one of the first Chilean producers embraced by American […]
If you nose a wine and get a distinctive whiff of salad, don’t be alarmed. A green, vegetal aroma that presents itself as bell pepper, jalapeño, or grass is characteristic of some of the world’s most famous wine varieties. These aromas can be fresh, spicy, overripe, or stinky, depending on how the wine is made. […]