Glögg, gluhwein, or mulled wine. Whatever you call it, nothing says “Happy Holidays!” quite like a warm glass of sweetened, spiced red wine. Variations abound, as do historical origins. Everyone from the ancient Greeks to Victorian Britons enjoyed the festive punch. Yet there’s one, extra-special preparation that promises to make your holiday season especially “lit” […]
What you serve at a party matters. The right drinks, like a good soundtrack and carefully curated guest list, set the mood for the entire evening. Whether you’re hosting dear friends, beloved relatives, or your least interesting colleagues, VinePair’s holiday party infographic has you covered. Drink up, party down, and prepare to host more people […]
‘Tis the season, and that means Christmas beer. The seasonal style has a long history in brewing cultures worldwide, from France’s bière de Noel, to Germany’s weihnacht, to contemporary American iterations from Elysian, Anchorage, and many others. The Beer Judge Certification Program sets out certain guidelines for what characterizes a Christmas beer.
Whether you’re surreptitiously polishing off a gingerbread man while standing over the sink in a dark kitchen, or sharing a platter of homemade goodies with loved ones at your holiday table, cookie season has arrived. You can pair yours with wines like Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon. Or you can highlight fudgy, buttery, or fruity notes with […]
Holiday shopping can be stressful. Holiday shopping for your parents and your in-laws can be beyond stressful. They have more experience and more refined tastes, and they absolutely must be impressed. Enter these 12 gifts. Whether the parental figures in your life favor brown spirits, Champagne, or dinner parties, these presents are sure to leave everyone […]
Big brewing company versus small craft label is a well-known story by now. Even craft brewery versus craft brewery is getting played out. But small craft brewery versus a tag team of the largest brewing company in the world, Maker’s Mark, and the small-business-loving city of Portland, Oregon? That’s something we haven’t heard before.
With the holidays upon us, the need for last-minute grocery reinforcements and for a stiff drink, consumed alone while staring blankly at no one, tend to increase in tandem. Enter Whole Foods. Not only does this chain of supermarkets cater to health nuts and people who say “ancient grains” a lot, it’s also a surprisingly […]
Finding the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life can be challenging — especially if you yourself are not a total beer geek. The trick is straddling the three-way conundrum of things that a beer lover will enjoy, things that a beer lover doesn’t already have, and things that a beer lover will […]
The power of Christmas cinema cannot be ignored. It delivers nostalgia, corny tag lines, questionable plot development, cliches, and escapism, all wrapped up into an hour and a half of cushy delight. Nothing cools flaring family tempers like a movie everyone has seen too many times. You know what else Christmas movies do? They contain within their […]