Sometimes I like knowing exactly how my glass of wine will taste. It’s comforting to decide what kind of wine fits my current mood, select a beloved bottle, and relish in its familiar scents and flavors. Perhaps that’s why I never have my favorite wines stocked at home; the second I buy them, I drink […]
Poor, poor Chardonnay. Despite being the grape behind the world’s most coveted wines — Champagne and Burgundy — it’s also the most maligned vitis vinifera variety on the planet. It’s even more maligned than Merlot. In my mind, the ABC or “Anything But Chardonnay”school of wine-drinking isn’t just silly, it’s downright wrong. Though American store shelves […]
In a perfect world, we’d spend every day of summer like the French do: moving slower, soaking up the sun, and, of course, savoring glass after glass of thirst-quenching white wine. While we can’t technically spend our entire summer on the luscious sands of southern France, we can drink like we do. We’ve rounded up […]
It’s Friday night and your friends are coming over but you forgot to put wine in the fridge before you left for work. At this moment in time, it is a gross room temperature. You rush to put a bottle of rosé in the freezer, hoping it’ll chill in the two hours before they arrive.
Tannins are a compound in wine that gives it that acerbic, mouth-drying quality. When we talk about strong tannins, some of the first wines that come to mind are powerful Cabernets, bold Northern Rhone Syrahs, and bold Nebbiolo-based reds from Piedmont. But tannins aren’t always robust and in your face; they can be supple and […]
Group occasions can have the greatest rewards. But they are often not without lots of stress beforehand. Whether dining out with a bunch of friends, hosting dinner for 12, or planning the party of the year, there’s one issue that always presents a dilemma: what wine to drink? Invariably, there will be differences of opinion […]
We all need that go-to bottle of white that’s both affordable and delicious. With a plethora of mediocre Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Grigios on the market, finding an affordably delectable bottle of white wine can be quite the challenge. But what if we told you that you didn’t have to settle for subpar any longer? […]
Even vino virgins know you serve red wine with steak and white wine with fish, right? Perhaps traditionally, but not anymore. “Conventionality can sometimes be destructive to creativity,” says Charles Ford, sommelier and general manager at Daisies Chicago.
Another year, another set of New Year’s resolutions (also known as a set of promises that we’ll vehemently make on January 1, only to be forgotten before February rolls around). Atop most of these lists is the annual vow to lose weight, which usually coincides with the immediate nixing of any and all booze. It’s […]