Big-name bottle photos, boozy lunches, trips around the world, wine-fueled conventions, and competitive exams that finish with magnums of Champagne — for many, the sommelier profession looks like a dream job. The reality of building a career around a luxury item, however, is physically, mentally, and financially draining. Those research bottles, trips, and celebratory magnums don’t […]
Most days, it’s top priority to seek out budget-friendly wines that are both interesting and delicious. But sometimes, particularly around the holidays, it’s time to splurge. Whether you’re looking for a memorable gift, a special bottle to share at holiday parties, or a treat for surviving the season, this can be a great opportunity to […]
It’s a great time to be a wine lover. Oenophiles have access to more wines than ever before, with selections ranging from in-state wineries to faraway estates, and well-known grapes as well as obscure, rarely grown varieties. The downside to increased demand is that some of the world’s classics, like Bordeaux and Burgundy, are more […]
How much money would you spend on a bottle of wine? Most would probably keep that figure in the double-digits, perhaps inching into the low triple-digits. For a select few, wine budgets are much, much larger. Purchased at auction, through specialty stores, or even paid out by insurance companies, these five bottles (plus one honorable mention) […]
Venice has always been a region with vineyards. In fact, grapes have been grown on the various islands in the lagoon for the past 2,500 years. But, alas, in recent years grape cultivation has dwindled, resulting in the loss and almost extinction of a grape once so prized that wealthy Venetians placed it on their […]
Pop. Fizz. Clink. There’s nothing like experiencing a really good bottle of Champagne — except, of course, the process of buying it. With tons of sparkling options displayed in your local shop, why does Champagne really call for a price tag twice as high (at minimum) as the other bottles of bubbly? Many reasons. Let […]
It’s a common scenario: In search of a wine for dinner tonight, a red with a good-looking label and interesting description catches your eye. Let’s call it “Forlorn Hope Suspiro del Moro.” The bottle is in your hands–consumer research shows you’re 80% of the way to buying it – when the price tag catches your […]
On our first date, my ex-boyfriend took me out for a fancy Italian dinner. After he ordered us a bottle of wine to share, he quickly scanned the wine list and was disappointed to find that the bottles were not miraculously at a lower price point than the stuffy Upper East Side locale would suggest.