They say behind every great bottle of wine is the perfect grape, but all serious wine lovers know it goes much deeper — all the way down to the growing soil itself. The French call it terroir, a direct reference to territory or province, which can be extended to include climate, local flora and fauna, […]
Halloween is quite possibly the greatest social event there is. What other time of year can a bunch of adults get together, don incredible costumes, and throw booze and candy into the mix? But before you get into all of that, make sure your drink is candy-appropriate. Head over to Boxed for great Halloween recipes […]
Beer is sacred. It’s been central to social and spiritual celebrations for millennia. Some historians even attribute beer to the basis of civilization. Much of what we know about beer’s ancient history traces back to the Hymn to Ninkasi, a 5,000-year-old ode to brewing etched into clay tablets found in modern-day Iraq. The Hymn to […]
How do your drinking habits stack up against your neighbors’? And how about versus those on the opposite side of the country? We analyzed data from annual alcohol surveys and reports to see who is drinking the most, and where. The East Coast is home to three of the top five hardest-drinking states, although no […]
Italy has more than 1,300 estimated grape varieties, but three red grapes are more noble than all others: Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Aglianico, as they are generally believed to be the three best native red grapes in the entire country. Now, you may know these by their appellation names, such as Barolo for Nebbiolo or Chianti […]
As any polyglot or polite traveler will tell you, it’s helpful to learn a few phrases in a local language whenever and wherever you roam. ”Hello,” for example.
It might sometimes feel like you are the only one in your neighborhood with empty bottles or beer cans on recycling day. If you live in Moldova or Belarus, however, that’s actually pretty unlikely. Those two countries drink the most alcohol per capita worldwide, according to data collected by the Global Information System on Alcohol […]
Chile is one of the most unique countries in the world for making wine thanks to the diversity of its geography. Its sprawling coastline, rolling plains, mountainous regions, and glaciers that border its southern tip make Chile one of the most interesting places to make red, white, rosé, and even sparkling wine in the world.
There are thousands of primary wine grape varieties grown worldwide. To help navigate this vast landscape, we visualized the flavors in 10 of the most widely planted wines. Age and origin affect the flavors and character of every variety. Pinot Noir from Burgundy, for example, is generally characterized by earthy acidity, whereas California Pinot Noir […]