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Understanding the Ritual of Decanting

Understanding the Ritual of Decanting

Decanting isn’t just for the nobles on ”Downton Abbey” or pricey bottles in fancy restaurants.  Like many seemingly precious wine practices (aggressive swirling, audible sniffing), decanting has a practical explanation. The primary reason to decant any wine is aeration. By pouring wine into another vessel, the juice gets exposed to oxygen rapidly.

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What Happens If the Cork Falls Into Your Whiskey?

What Happens If the Cork Falls Into Your Whiskey?

Breaking a cork into your wine is a relatively familiar problem. Like all beverage professionals and functioning alcoholics, we’ve explored its causes and sought best-practice solutions. But! What if you pull off the cap of a beloved whisk(e)y only to find yourself with a handful of wood or plastic topper, while the cork remains firmly […]

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Ask Adam: I Ordered a Dirty Martini and the Bartender Said I Might As Well Drink Olive Juice. Huh?

Ask Adam: I Ordered a Dirty Martini and the Bartender Said I Might As Well Drink Olive Juice. Huh?

Send all questions to advice@vinepair.com What is eau de vie and when should I drink it? Eau de vie is a fruit brandy that is distilled clear, with a slight flavor of the fruit it was distilled from. In English-speaking countries, it is used to refer to a fruit brandy made from any fruit other […]

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Ask Adam: Do I Need to Keep My Sparkling Wine Corked While It’s Open?

Ask Adam: Do I Need to Keep My Sparkling Wine Corked While It’s Open?

Send all questions to advice@vinepair.com Do I need to keep my sparkling wine corked while it’s open? How fast will it go flat? If you’re planning to drink the entire bottle, then continuing to recork the bottle after pouring each glass is a bit of overkill. The bottle will not go flat in one sitting.

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Ask Adam: My Friend Always Eats the Garnish, Even if It’s a Leaf of Basil. Is That Weird?

Ask Adam: My Friend Always Eats the Garnish, Even if It’s a Leaf of Basil. Is That Weird?

My friend always eats the garnish, even if it’s a leaf of basil. Is this weird? The garnish is edible, so while this is quirky of your friend, it’s not really that weird. We eat olives and maraschino cherries, and they are technically garnishes, so if your friend wants to eat the garnish, power to […]

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10 Tips For Handling Office Happy Hour Like a Pro

10 Tips For Handling Office Happy Hour Like a Pro

So you’ve been invited to an after-work happy hour. Perhaps it’s even a midday event, a little wine-and-cheese interlude in a conference room to boost morale. You might think that attendance is optional — after all, it’s not in your job description to spend unpaid time with your coworkers and risk getting tipsy in the […]

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