Most days, it’s top priority to seek out budget-friendly wines that are both interesting and delicious. But sometimes, particularly around the holidays, it’s time to splurge. Whether you’re looking for a memorable gift, a special bottle to share at holiday parties, or a treat for surviving the season, this can be a great opportunity to […]
By all accounts among vintners in Napa and Sonoma, the 2017 vintage was progressing well. Conditions were hotter and drier than typical, but many producers picked early in order to manage potential alcohol levels. Then, in the late night hours of Sunday, October 8, the wildfires sparked.
While one might not think of great sparkling wine producers as places to look to for high-quality still wines, they in fact can be fantastic hidden gems that offer great value. Because the producer makes the majority of their profit from their bubbly, they’re able to sell the still whites and reds at a lower […]
Starting this weekend, thirsty tourists begin to flock to wine country for the high season, which lasts through the fall harvest. It’s an incredible place to visit, but if planning a weeklong trip of palate-crushing wine tastings seems daunting, that’s because it is. Fear not, because with a well-planed itinerary you don’t necessarily need days […]
California has made a name for itself making big, oaky, rich Chardonnays that are golden in color and heavy on the palate. And for some, this is a style that is appealing and desirable. But for those who seek a Chardonnay that is more Burgundian in style, the proliferation of big California Chardonnays has caused […]
It’s time to stop messing around, Napa and Sonoma. You’ve been confusing us all for far too long. Between your charming wineries, rustic bicycle tours, and ubiquitous rolling hills—damn those rolling hills—how are we supposed to tell the difference? How are we supposed to book a well-informed vacation and pledge allegiance to the right wine […]
Here at VinePair, we’re suckers for wine and history. As we’ve said before, one of our favorite reasons for collecting and aging wine isn’t just to see how it transforms over the years, but also because each bottle is a time capsule that takes us back to memories made in the year the wine was […]