Two major technological innovations hit American consumers in 1972. Pocket calculators debuted (average price: $100 and up), decades before smartphones would render them useless. Subscription-based monthly wine clubs also launched, providing generations of fallback gifts for that weird uncle nobody really knows, and the wellspring of California Cab your dad sips while watching reruns of M*A*S*H […]
Americans notoriously love sweet things. We export Coca-Cola around the world, put ketchup on steak (well, some of us do) and clamor for the latest seasons of ”The Great British Baking Show” and ”Cupcake Wars.” Last year, however, 97 percent of the Champagne imported to the U.S. qualified as dry.
Prosecco and sparkling rosé may be the best-selling bubbles at restaurants but, when sommeliers pour for themselves, odds are they’re popping Champagne. Whether it’s a shift drink or a Tuesday night dinner party, OG Champs and, increasingly, grower bottles are sommeliers’ after-hours drink of choice. They sip it from plastic cups, Chambongs, or Zalto stemware […]
Like anyone with an Instagram account, scrolling through my morning feed is equal parts mindless diversion and masochism. No matter how much I’m enjoying my week, someone else is living harder — sabering a Champagne magnum with a beer glass, say, or attending a wine dinner featuring bottles of eternally sold-out Clos Rougeard. These are […]
There are a lot of places to drink in New York City. (Arguably somewhere between 1,500 and 1,700, depending on which corner of the internet you trust more.) Yet one bar, situated on an unremarkable stretch of the city’s SoHo-Chinatown divide, is hands-down the hottest industry hang.
Sommeliers tend to be opinionated people. We have given a lot of thought to grapes, regions, producers, pairings, serving temperature, and glassware, and are more than happy to vehemently discuss and debate all of them over bottles of wine. Yet certain wines are are almost universally loved by the wine community.
Trader Joe’s has Charles Shaw, a.k.a Two Buck Chuck. Whole Foods has Three Wishes. And as of September, Target has California Roots, its answer to the uber-popular “super value” wine category. While we at VinePair are a bit wary of California Roots’ dubious origins, we are also far too curious not to taste the viral, […]
In the past year, a slew of Champagne bars have popped up across the country. The Riddler opened in San Francisco in January, and Effervescence debuted in New Orleans in March. In June, New Yorkers welcomed Air’s Champagne Parlor, while St. Louis got Extra Brut in August.
One of the difficulties of selecting a glass of wine from an interesting, well-priced wine list is actually deciding on just one. When so many of the major wines of the world are listed, from classic cuvées to hipster juice, it can be tempting to fall back on tried-and-true favorites.