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Young Somms Are Creating Wine Clubs for People Who Actually Care About Wine

Young Somms Are Creating Wine Clubs for People Who Actually Care About Wine

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 […]

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Somms Love Champagne, but Not the Way You Do

Somms Love Champagne, but Not the Way You Do

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 […]

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We Asked a Group of Sommeliers to Blind Taste Target’s New $5 Wines. Here’s What Happened.

We Asked a Group of Sommeliers to Blind Taste Target’s New $5 Wines. Here’s What Happened.

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, […]

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