Last month, the managing partner and wine director of La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, arguably the hottest industry hangout in NYC, hosted an invite-only launch party. It wasn’t for a new wine import. It was to celebrate a line of glassware from an under-the-radar Austrian label, MarkThomas.
You’ve probably knocked back a shot or two in your life. We know we have. But something you may not have noticed is that the shot you drank with your beer at your local neighborhood dive last week was a lot bigger than the shot that was offered to you in Denmark on your last […]
If you care about wine, you’ve probably noticed that when you go to a restaurant, red wines and whites come in different-shaped glasses. There’s a huge industry built on the idea that different wines — down to the varietal, in some cases! — need differently shaped glasses to show their true colors.
Picture this: The scene is set. Candles are lit, soft music is playing, and his/her favorite bottle of wine is sitting on the table. All is ready to go and you finally breathe a sigh of relief — until you realize you don’t have any nice glassware for the occasion. On any other day, drinking […]
Aside from the wine itself, the glass from which you taste is arguably the most important part of the wine-tasting experience. We’ve all heard about glassware shapes, sizes, and materials. But do you actually need a new glass between tastings? And if not, how does one ensure that the wine glass is properly cleansed between […]
If you love whiskey, you know that there’s a lot going on in the glass. Depending on what you’re drinking, you can pick up notes of caramel and vanilla. Sometimes your drink is sweet, other times it’s spicy or smoky. But do you know why you pick up those flavors? Science. That’s why you need […]
You ever watch as a server—or dear, dear friend—pours wine out for you and a few other people? You’re thirsty, so you watch the levels in each glass rise. Maybe you’re really thirsty—or just scarred from that time your little brother got more ice cream than you in 5th grade—so you notice that some folks […]
Tiny cups and cutlery can make us feel like giants. They can also help with portion control (until you realize you’re just refilling a small bowl with scoop after scoop of ice cream). But sometimes the reason for the smallness isn’t quite apparent. Take the Port glass. Typically, when you’re served port at a bar […]
When it comes to Mid-Century holdovers, there’s one thing that we can all agree upon: folks certainly knew how to drink. A good home bar was not only a social staple, but also a design essential. Lucky for us, the bar cart is making a comeback, and if you’re a fan of drinking, entertaining, or […]