Every time someone tells me that they hate gin, I’m immediately suspicious. Why, you ask? Because when I press for further details, I usually discover that the person only thinks they hate gin. The reality is that they have no idea what they’re talking about. There’s a pattern with people who make these dismissive, unequivocal statements […]
Wine is like art: Opinions on what is best abound, and are often entirely (or almost entirely) subjective. Like Breitbart versus The New York Times, or Duck Dynasty versus Modern Family, beliefs about wine depend largely on where you live, who you talk to, and what you taste.
The classic Sazerac calls for a sugar cube, rye whiskey – though some sub in Bourbon – Peychaud’ bitters, an absinthe rinse and a lemon peel, right? WRONG. While this is how the drink has been made for decades, it’s not the way the drink was made when it was first invented.
“Contains sulfites” is a fairly off-putting statement on a bottle of wine that you hope to enjoy with a meal, gift to a friend, or share with a loved one. Um, you mean, there’s chemicals in here? So, are they bad for me—is that why wine sometimes gives me headaches? And can wine be made […]
In the rhythmic, cranial throbbing that is the dread poetry of a hangover, there’s one desperately repeated whisper: “Quick fix. Quick fix. Dear god, quick fix.” Whether it’s alcohol that’s still in our system or some kind of bargaining/denial borrowed from the five stages of grief, we hungover scoundrels tend to wish for an instant […]
If I were in Prague I would be able to soak in a bathtub full of beer while being served unlimited quantities of said brew for consumption. But since I’m in Staten Island, the closest thing I can have to that experience is a 40 oz. and my own personal bathtub – which I had […]
Recently, Time ran an article featuring Adina Grigore, author of Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin. Grigore advocates washing your face with water only, and rinsing your hair with beer. Naturally, that piqued our interest here at VinePair. We put our friend Hannah to the test, making her wash her hair […]
When you sit down with your poison of choice, your mind will probably be blown some way or another. After all, booze brings out the philosopher in all of us. But there are some alcoholic factoids that may confuse and intrigue you before you even set the glass to your lips. Find out 15 little […]
The word “reserve” on a bottle of wine has become one of the shadiest terms one can use when it comes to marketing wine. That’s because the word’s use has no regulation – except in Italy and Spain – and has different meanings depending on the winery and the region. Basically, reserve means whatever the […]