Whenever Hannah McBride is asked to hunt down a bottle of wine, she has to decipher a six-digit string of numbers. It’s part of what she does every night during her shifts at Aureole, a restaurant inside Mandalay Bay, just off the Las Vegas Strip. Get the numbers. Find the wine. Dive and somersault her […]
If a goblet filled with seven fingers of Merlot is sloshed your way across an assumedly sticky bar, it might seem like the bartender has taken a liking to you. That may be true (you’re so great!), but, sadly, one thing is certain: The person pouring the wine doesn’t care about what’s in the glass.
I had to double check the label when the waiter handed me the bottle I’d requested. On the front it read, “Testalonga El Bandito.” On the back was the evidence I was looking for: “Wine of South Africa. Place of Origin: Swartland.” My jaw slowly slid toward the table. South African by birth, I live […]
There are a lot of places to drink in New York City. (Arguably somewhere between 1,500 and 1,700, depending on which corner of the internet you trust more.) Yet one bar, situated on an unremarkable stretch of the city’s SoHo-Chinatown divide, is hands-down the hottest industry hang.
In the past year, a slew of Champagne bars have popped up across the country. The Riddler opened in San Francisco in January, and Effervescence debuted in New Orleans in March. In June, New Yorkers welcomed Air’s Champagne Parlor, while St. Louis got Extra Brut in August.
Those who envision Napa, California as a buzzy epicenter of wine culture might be surprised to see the city’s downtown area on an average night. Streets are quiet, with most residents in for the evening well before 10:00 p.m. But tucked down a side road off Franklin Street, signaled by a bright neon sign, there’s […]
On the last day of August, 2017, Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier posted a series of 10 photos on Instagram, featuring some of the world’s finest wine bottles. “8 years building a list,” read each caption, followed by the hashtag #bestwinelistintheworld. As beverage director of Rouge Tomate Chelsea, Lepeltier had built arguably the world’s best wine […]
By now wine bars have become ubiquitous across the country. And while all of them may not be “real” wine bars, the ones that are can be pretty incredible places to discover new wines, or get better acquainted with old favorites. But they can also be intimidating, stuffy and confusing. And that means mistakes will […]
Wine bars have become more popular than ever. And with good reason: they’re an excellent place to learn about wine and try new things. A great wine bar should be a place to relax, let your guard down and ask questions. It should also strive to introduce consumers to new and different wines in an unpretentious […]