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 […]
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.
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 […]
Send all questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org Why does tequila sometimes have a worm? Contrary to popular myth, there is no historical precedent for finding a worm in the bottom of a tequila bottle. Chalk it up to an old wives’ tale that spun out of control — and then got a serious marketing push. To this day, some […]
Send all questions to email@example.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 […]
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.
Send all questions to email@example.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 […]
Send all questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 […]
Send all questions to email@example.com I desperately want to sip a beer on the beach. There’s only one problem — I hate beer! I’m sick of being stuck with shitty wine in dive bars. How can I learn to love beer? The best advice I can give you is to head to a bar known […]