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Why You Should Never Pour Your Own Sake

Why You Should Never Pour Your Own Sake

All drinking culture is rich with tradition. Unspoken codes and customs find us clinking glasses, buying rounds, and tapping the bar before taking a shot, regardless of our surroundings. The primary ritual to keep in mind when drinking sake, the Japanese beverage in the midst of an American renaissance, is to never pour your own […]

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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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9 Mistakes You’re Making When You Order Wine at a Restaurant

9 Mistakes You’re Making When You Order Wine at a Restaurant

Whether you’re struggling to identify the ingredients in your Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast, or reveling in a $45 plate of slow-roasted carrots enigmatically named “Symphony,” dining out has its challenges, especially when it comes to navigating the wine list. It’s not your fault. Too many restaurant wine lists read like a tax attorney wrote 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: 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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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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