Am I allowed to order the bartender a drink? Buying a drink or shot for your bartender is always a nice gesture, but there are obviously some important things to keep in mind before you do. The first is what your intentions are. If you’re buying a drink as a way to hit on the […]
Send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 […]
Send all questions to email@example.com Do bartenders hate it when we make the check signal instead of asking for it? Yes, they hate it. No one likes to be summoned like they are your servant, and by making that signal, you’re basically doing just that.
Send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 […]
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 […]
Ever wonder what your favorite wine-slinging sommeliers are drinking once they’re off the floor? It goes without saying that these pros have endless access to the world of wine. With nearly every type of bottle imaginable at their fingertips, what exactly are they choosing to drink for fun? We asked 10 sommeliers across the country: […]
Send all questions to: email@example.com Can I pair cocktails with a meal? Absolutely! There are lots of cocktails that can go extremely well with your meal and I’m not just talking about oysters and a Martini or a steak and an Old Fashioned. Think about the flavors you’re going to be having and then pair […]
Here at VinePair, we believe you should drink what you love. But we can also admit that there is a little part in all of us that wants to occasionally feel like a total badass when ordering wine. Sommeliers face a bombardment of wine orders day and in and day out, and some of those choices naturally […]