Drinking Etiquette

Ask Adam: Is There a Substitute For Vermouth if I’m Out?

Ask Adam: Is There a Substitute For Vermouth if I’m Out?

Are there any easy substitutions for vermouth if I don’t have it at home? I wanted to make a Martini the other night and realized I was out. Unfortunately, there are not really any “easy” substitutions for sweet or dry vermouth, as the other spirits that will work are less common in home bars.

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Ask Adam: Should I Offer the Somm Some of the Wine I Brought?

Ask Adam: Should I Offer the Somm Some of the Wine I Brought?

Send all questions to advice@vinepair.com I brought a bottle of nice wine to a nice restaurant. Should I offer some to the somm? Absolutely. If you’re bringing a bottle of wine to a restaurant, especially one with a nice enough list to have a sommelier on the floor, etiquette dictates that you should offer them a […]

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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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Ask Adam: How Long Does Open Wine Really Last in the Fridge?

Ask Adam: How Long Does Open Wine Really Last in the Fridge?

Send all questions to advice@vinepair.com A Sommelier friend says that open white wine stays good in the fridge for three weeks – is that true? While your friend is more than welcome to keep drinking old wine, they’re wrong that it’s still good. Wine starts to devolve into vinegar the second the cork is popped […]

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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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Ask Adam: Can I Wait at the Bar for My Table Without Ordering a Drink?

Ask Adam: Can I Wait at the Bar for My Table Without Ordering a Drink?

Send all questions to: advice@vinepair.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 […]

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