From backyard picnics to tapas bars to your local Outback Steakhouse, sangria is a summertime staple. The Spanish wine cocktail is one with a muddled history, tracing back to an early Greek and Roman drink called “hippocras” (wine, sugar, spices, and varied ingredients). A similar drink showed up in Spain around 1100 B.C., eventually spreading to […]
Flipping through my notes, I was reminded how much I enjoyed a red wine from Australia not long ago, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from Barossa Valley Estate. As the name implies, the wine is from the tiny Barossa Valley, the famed region near the tip of South Australia not far from Adelaide. The area is […]
There’s a lot of jargon associated with wine, particularly with winemaking. Do most wine drinkers really need to be able to tell if a wine undergoes a punch-down versus a pump-over? For those who don’t plan to get a degree at UC Davis, most of these terms don’t matter very much. One to keep in […]
Congratulations! #DryJanuary is (finally) over! If you’re ready to imbibe once again, the stars have aligned in your favor. February has some surprising things in store, so prepare your body, mind, and taste buds for what lies ahead. Here is VinePair’s February 2018 horoscope, with the perfect drink pairing for every celestial creature.
On the rugged, near-vertical slopes of northern Italy, minutes from the Swiss border, Nebbiolo is harvested by hand — and by helicopter. More than 25 miles of interconnected vineyards span this region, called the Valtellina valley, and its high-altitude grapes produce wines with zippy acidity, bright fruit, and food-friendly versatility. Surprisingly, the helicopter harvest was […]
During a recent trip to Munich, I took a brief respite from the many liters of beer I’d been consuming to order a glass of German wine as a nightcap. My family was shocked when the glass that arrived was not white, but red. “They make red wine in Germany?” they asked, puzzled. “Is it […]
Father’s Day is about spending time with and appreciating the man who raised you. It doesn’t all have to be about the stereotypical ties and socks. When it comes to finding the perfect gift for dad, there’s nothing better than kicking your feet up, grabbing some wine, and sharing conversation over the perfect bottle. Here […]
California wine isn’t only Napa Cabernet. In fact, there is a cornucopia of options available to you, no matter your taste. Just follow this simple flowchart and we’ll point you to your ideal red wine from California.
March is one of the most frustrating months of the year. In our minds, spring has arrived, though more likely than not, the temperatures still feel like winter. We’re sick of hibernating indoors and sipping fuller-bodied reds, craving the long ago days of summer sun and lighter-bodied vinos. However, March doesn’t have to be so […]