Sometimes you get a tip that seems too good to be true. That’s what happened last week when VinePair’s cofounder, Josh Malin, came in to work one day with something he’d heard at the gym the night before. He’d been chatting with a trainer, and when he mentioned what he did for a living, her […]
Why do I have to pay a corkage fee at a restaurant if I bring my own wine and why does it vary so much? If you have a special bottle at home that you’d rather drink with your meal instead of ordering a bottle off the list, then you’re going to have to pay […]
We all know that when it comes to the sales and service industries, you’re being sized up. Whether you’ve walked into Hermès or Eleven Madison Park, the sales associate or waiter is looking you up and down and making a call. And we all want the same thing: to be seen as a person who’s […]
Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays where even if you remember to celebrate it, there are still potential pitfalls. But you’re in luck, because we’ve outlined what those biggest mistakes are, and how you can avoid them.
Great service is a mindset, one that’s intended to make a guest feel like the only person that matters in the entire establishment. From the moment a guest steps through the door, he or she is taken care of, and treated not like a patron or customer, but as a guest in your own home.
Wine bars have become more popular than ever. And with good reason: they’re an excellent place to learn about wine and try new things. A great wine bar should be a place to relax, let your guard down and ask questions. It should also strive to introduce consumers to new and different wines in an unpretentious […]
Let’s establish some definitions: a sommelier is a server in a restaurant who has charge of wines and their service. Sommeliers sell wine at food or booze-centric environments. A sommelier is not your wine-collecting uncle, some blogger, or your friend who just took a wine course and now has a fancy, golden “sommelier” diploma.
It’s a great time to be a wine explorer: there are more styles to try than we know what to do with, wine snobbery is fading, and, best of all, wine bars are popping up left and right. Wine bars are perfect for getting yourself out of your drinking comfort zone and trying a large […]
When browsing a wine list, particularly the “by the glass” section, chances are one of the choices on said list will be the establishment’s red and white house wines. The prices are usually pretty good, but unless you’re out looking for a deal, you’ll probably pass it by and tell your companions to do the […]