There’s a stereotype in the wine world as mysterious as it is pervasive: that sommeliers like to drink beer when they get off work. And not just any beer, either, so the myth goes; somms, when chilling with their friends, are choosing bargain beers.
Sommeliers are having a moment. Documentaries and television shows are proliferating, as are worshipful works of nonfiction about these adored wine whisperers. As masters of one of the most universally intimidating aspects of our lifestyle culture, sommeliers are now ricocheting to the tops of rock star lists, the way chefs once did 30 years ago.
It’s no secret that U.S. somms have big opinions on what’s hot, what’s not, and everything in between when it comes to wine, food, and booze. But we’re not the only country with opinionated wine professionals. The word “sommelier” is of French origin, after all, and around the world, oenophiles seek out sommeliers to guide […]
Sometimes, you just have to treat yourself. Ever wonder what the pros are drinking when they treat themselves? We asked 10 sommeliers across the country which wines they’re drinking on their treat day. “Thierry Allemand.
Ever wonder what your favorite wine-slinging sommeliers are drinking once they’re off the floor? It goes without saying that these pros have endless access to the world of wine. With nearly every type of bottle imaginable at their fingertips, what exactly are they choosing to drink for fun? We asked 10 sommeliers across the country: […]
Pairing wine with food can seem like a daunting task. It’s not just an art — it’s science, too. When pairing wine and food, you’re pairing properties of wine (acid and tannin) with components in food (salt and fat). A good food-and-wine pairing will keep all of these components in balance, but a great food-and-wine pairing […]
We all have our favorite, ”safe” grape varieties — you know, the ones we buy consistently every Friday night to pair with takeout, or the ones we order when faced with an intimidating wine list. But did you know there are over 10,000 grape varieties out there in the world?
Delving into the wine list at a restaurant can definitely be intimidating. With endless regions, countless producers, and an infinite number of bottles, ordering a bottle you’ll actually enjoy can feel like a shot in the dark. We took it to the pros and asked 10 sommeliers across the country which wines are generally a […]
Here at VinePair, we believe you should drink what you love. But we can also admit that there is a little part in all of us that wants to occasionally feel like a total badass when ordering wine. Sommeliers face a bombardment of wine orders day and in and day out, and some of those choices naturally […]