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Seven Mexican Lagers, Blind Tasted and Ranked From Bad to Bueno

Seven Mexican Lagers, Blind Tasted and Ranked From Bad to Bueno

Mexican lagers taste like the weekend. Not just when the fifth of May falls on a Saturday, either. Cracking open an ice-cold Corona or straight-from-the-cooler Tecate is reminiscent of beach trips, cookouts, game days, and sunny afternoons doing or avoiding yard work. The category gets its crisp, light flavor profile from the German-style Vienna lager […]

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10 of the Best Supermarket Wines Under $30 (2018)

10 of the Best Supermarket Wines Under $30 (2018)

As summer approaches, the only thing better than long weekends is having a slew of back-pocket bottles for impromptu getaways — or Tuesday nights on the patio. Fortunately, for those with ample enthusiasm but limited time or budgets, supermarket wine sections have never been better. We’re not just talking about fancy boutique grocers, either.

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Somms Share Five Tips for Finding Great Supermarket Wine

Somms Share Five Tips for Finding Great Supermarket Wine

Supermarket wine is a reality, like snow tires or the pervasiveness of the term “circle back.” Carefully researched, $50-plus bottles are simply too precious for everyday drinking, whether you’re a Master Sommelier or weeknight shopper hoping to wash down Wednesday’s dinner with something stronger than La Croix. When we’re buying wine in tandem with paper […]

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Here’s How Aldi Makes Its Dirt-Cheap Wines Go Viral Every Time

Here’s How Aldi Makes Its Dirt-Cheap Wines Go Viral Every Time

It was the $8 bottle of rosé that captured the internet’s fickle heart. The vino in question was Aldi’s Exquisite Collection Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016, winner of the “ Great Value Rosé under £8” at the 2017 International Wine Challenge, the ”Oscars” of wine. It quickly became a viral sensation, selling out almost immediately […]

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The Seven Stages of Drinking at Whole Foods

The Seven Stages of Drinking at Whole Foods

With the holidays upon us, the need for last-minute grocery reinforcements and for a stiff drink, consumed alone while staring blankly at no one, tend to increase in tandem. Enter Whole Foods. Not only does this chain of supermarkets cater to health nuts and people who say “ancient grains” a lot, it’s also a surprisingly […]

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We Blind-Tasted Aldi’s Award-Winning Wines. Here’s What Happened.

We Blind-Tasted Aldi’s Award-Winning Wines. Here’s What Happened.

There’s been a lot of buzz about the German-based supermarket chain Aldi. Between the internationally ranked $8 rosé and the company’s viral wine Advent calendar, Aldi has garnered worldwide recognition. After months of curiosity, the VinePair staff finally got our hands on eight of Aldi’s “award-winning” bottles available stateside. Why? To blind taste and determine which […]

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