Frank Family Vineyards isn’t the most recognizable of Napa Valley’s sparkling wine producers. Mumm, Schramsberg, and Domaine Chandon are all better known. Nor is it the longest, continuously operating winery in the valley — that honor goes to Beringer Vineyards, founded in 1875.
The small town of Santa Catarina Minas, about an hour south of Mexico’s Oaxaca City, has mezcal roots that predate the Hispanic period. Fourth-generation master mezcalero, Eduardo (Lalo) Ángeles (pictured, above), left his family’s Real Minero mezcal operation in 2014 to form his own, Mezcal Lalocura. At Lalocura, Ángeles produces over 20 expressions of the […]
Rum is ubiquitous in many booze lovin’, sugarcane growin’ regions of the world. From the Philippines to the West Indies, sugarcane juice and its byproducts are fermented and distilled into the 400-year-old spirit. The world’s top-selling rum by volume is the Philippines’ Tanduay, but the spirit has immense cultural importance across the Caribbean.
The Western frontier is equal parts geographical destination, era, and myth for most Americans. Notions of the so-called Wild West conjure evocative hyphenates; we envision hard-scrabble folks carving out lives in punishing conditions, rife with dust-filled saloons and hard-drinking cowboys. This folklore inspires odes by Willie Nelson and Will Smith, and decades of films, television, and […]
When distiller couple Connie Baker and Carey Shanks were raising funding for their hybrid distiller-inn in Colorado, certain investors reportedly questioned the concept. Brewery hotels from the likes of Dogfish Head and Stone Brewing are ascendant, and many Old World wineries historically offered lodging. Standalone spirits labels, however, rarely invite guests behind closed doors — let alone […]
Apple is announcing its new, much hyped iPhone 7 today. We know, every Apple fan is uber concerned about the whole no headphone jack thing. That’s understandable. But there’s one feature that everyone should be excited about: A new, incredibly advanced dual-lens camera that has the capability to create high resolution photographs in even the lowest light […]
Wanna be like these awesome people? Drink some wine! Ok, maybe it’s not quite that simple, but isn’t it nice to think you have something in common with your favorite celebrity? So the next time you pour yourself a little bubbly or a little red, do a mental toast to Leo, George, Beyonce or Meryl. […]
We took a little trip down memory lane for a glimpse at New Year’s Eve celebrations through the decades. The styles may change, and the settings may differ, but there’s one very important variable that’s consistent over the past hundred years: wine is crucial for a New Year’s Eve toast. This has been a particularly […]
Whether you’re going through Boardwalk Empire withdrawal or celebrating Repeal Day, we thought a little dose of 1920s drinking style was in order over here at VinePair. Not familiar with Repeal Day? A little history lesson for you: On December 5, 1933 Prohibition was officially repealed, as Utah became the final state needed to ratify […]