American wine culture is pretty happening right now, and restaurateurs around the country have picked up on it. That means that we’re increasingly seeing new cafés, restaurants, and wine bars all opening their doors with the promise of having the most interesting drinking options. But do they?
Years from now, historians will look back on this moment, and call it the “Age of the Sommelier.” OK, that’s hyperbolic, but only slightly; the truth is that the U.S. wine scene is totally rocking, thanks to hardworking wine directors, thoughtful importers, and too-cool-for-school somms wearing jeans and sporting tattoo sleeves. Wine is officially dressed-down, […]
Great service is a mindset, one that’s intended to make a guest feel like the only person that matters in the entire establishment. From the moment a guest steps through the door, he or she is taken care of, and treated not like a patron or customer, but as a guest in your own home.
The deed has been done, you did the dance with the server or sommelier and your wine has been selected.
So you’re sitting down for a meal at a fantastic restaurant that just happens to be BYOB (bring your own booze, or as we like to say, BYOW – bring your own wine). You greet the host, settle in at a table, and take out your bottle of wine. Now what? Do you go ahead […]
It’s your third date, and you’re sitting down to dinner at the restaurant you’ve both wanted to try—and where you hope to stir up some romance over a memorable meal. But when the server hands you a wine list the size of an encyclopedia – or an iPad, with a drop-down menu – you freeze. […]
If you read VinePair, you know that we love to pair cheap fast food with fine wines. Since no fast food chain in America allows you to bring in your own bottle (as far as we know), when we drink while eating fast food, it’s always takeout. We’re not holding our breath on corkage fees at Wendy’s, but […]
New York City has a rich culinary history, owing both to its age and the waves of immigrants who have settled there over the centuries. In the late eighteenth century, the Sons of Liberty plotted revolution in Fraunces Tavern. In the late nineteenth century, Delmonico’s introduced à la carte fine dining to America. Speakeasies, nightclubs and extravagant […]
Unlike many “celebrity” winemakers, the wine business is nothing new to chef Fabio Viviani. You may recognize the well-established chef from his appearances on Top Chef, his work as a restaurateur, or from The New York Times bestseller list for Fabio’s Italian Kitchen. Viviani truly started from the bottom.