For better or for worse, the Feria de Jerez is a feast for the senses. Southern Spain’s beloved weeklong festival in mid-May looks like a colorful fashion show, sounds like a cacophonous symphony, and smells like fresh horse poop. Such a spectacle engages all walks of life, appealing to a mix of well-groomed businessmen, ragged […]
Ah, cheese. Just the word itself seems to ooze with delicious expectation. Is there anything more resplendent than a perfect piece of cheese atop a crusty piece of fresh bread and a glass of wine to complete the picture? (Answer: There is not.) They say what grows together goes together, and this is certainly true […]
It’s summertime, which means we’re entertaining every weekend and on the lookout for easy, delicious recipes that make our guests ooh and aah. This week, I decided to try out a recipe I usually associate with holiday season, but is also the perfect capstone for a cookout or picnic. Around the December holiday season, Italian pastries would […]
New York City’s best bartenders don’t have a lot of time off. But when they do get a chance to go out, they know the best bars, the best places to eat, and all the late-night spots. In VinePair’s new Night Out series, we’ll be speaking with some of the top bartenders in the city […]
When it comes to pairing cheese with drinks, it’s easy to gravitate to the wine. No matter what type of cheese it is, there always seems to be a wine pairing. But what if we were to tell you that cheese pairs just as well — if not better — with beer? And no, not […]
I was recently greeting people at one of my restaurant spaces when a young woman walked into the shared communal space with her head down, her smart phone guiding her. She was more fixated on the small celluloid device in her hand than the environment around her. “Hi! How are you today?” I asked her. […]
With the summer season in full swing, it’s safe to say that barbecue season is upon us. There’s no better way to fight those long, hot work weeks than with wine-soaked barbecues on the weekends. But let’s face it: July and August are hot, and finding the right wines to match your food and quench […]
PSA: It’s time to stop eating big-brand, commercial pasta. It’s tempting to stand in front of the wall of brands and shapes and colors in the grocery store pasta aisle, stocking the pantry while the 5 for $5 special is on, but trust us – there’s a better way!
Gazpacho isn’t one of those “craving” sorts of dishes. It’s rare to hear a friend bemoan, “Oh man, I could really use some gazpacho right now.” And yet gazpacho is an ideal summer party food. It involves no cooking, you can make a big batch in minutes, and yes, you can spike it.