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Is There Science Behind the Claim That Wine Tastes Differently at 35,000 Feet?

Is There Science Behind the Claim That Wine Tastes Differently at 35,000 Feet?

A lot has been written about the impact altitude has on taste. How being inside a noisy metal tube with lots of other people, at a lower air pressure and humidity than normal, greatly affects the ways we experience food and drink. In truth, most of this is based on guesswork and personal anecdote.

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Summer Crush: The Seven Best Tequilas for Palomas, Ranked

Summer Crush: The Seven Best Tequilas for Palomas, Ranked

La Paloma, a tequila cocktail made with fresh lime and fizzy grapefruit soda, is a VinePair staff favorite. The drink’s origins are uncertain, though some historians credit Don Javier Delgado Corona, owner of the renowned La Capilla bar in Tequila, Jalisco. Palomas are currently enjoying a rightful renaissance across the U.S. Powered in part by […]

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The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2018

The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2018

With skyrocketing sales and tireless marketing, rosé is a 21st-century American success story. Previous generations of star-spangled wine consumers dismissed it as too French, too gendered, or too reminiscent of black-sheep White Zinfandel. Of course that’s all grainy, black-and-white history now. In our rosy-hued present, pink wines have come to symbolize “all that is good about […]

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One Magic Vintage Is Producing Exceptional, Affordable Bordeaux

One Magic Vintage Is Producing Exceptional, Affordable Bordeaux

At the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux, a series of tastings held earlier this year, the 2015 Bordeaux vintage inspired strong reactions. Bursting with ripe fruit and structure, these wines are regarded as the region’s best since 2009 and 2010. Or, to put it less delicately, people are freaking out about the 2015 Bordeaux. […]

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The Insider’s Guide to Portland, Oregon’s Distillery Row

The Insider’s Guide to Portland, Oregon’s Distillery Row

Many have tried to distill Portland’s essence, but few, other than perhaps Gus Van Sant, have done it well. Distillery Row, a collection of tasting rooms in the southeast area of the city, is another happy exception. After the early 2000s boomlet in craft distilling nationwide, Portland producers banded together in 2010 to create a […]

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New York’s ‘Scent Sommelier’ Wants to Break Your Wine Tasting Rules

New York’s ‘Scent Sommelier’ Wants to Break Your Wine Tasting Rules

There is a rule as old as wine itself: You cannot wear fragrance in a tasting room. “It’s a faux pas to even utter the word ‘perfume’ around wine,” Sarah Moll, sommelier and founder of wine events company VinSocial, says. Yet enter Kelly Jones, a perfumer who creates unisex fragrances and candles specifically designed for […]

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We Blind-Tasted Pricey Kentucky Water by Selflessly Drinking Four Bourbons

We Blind-Tasted Pricey Kentucky Water by Selflessly Drinking Four Bourbons

In lyrics, as in life, Toby Keith gets it wrong. The man who crooned about needing whiskey for his men and beer for horses omitted one crucial addition: water. (Mr. Keith also apparently has no women friends, but this is perhaps not a revelation.) Last month, Scientific Reports published a study on the chemical benefits […]

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