Wine Etiquette

9 Mistakes You’re Making When You Order Wine at a Restaurant

9 Mistakes You’re Making When You Order Wine at a Restaurant

Whether you’re struggling to identify the ingredients in your Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast, or reveling in a $45 plate of slow-roasted carrots enigmatically named “Symphony,” dining out has its challenges, especially when it comes to navigating the wine list. It’s not your fault. Too many restaurant wine lists read like a tax attorney wrote a […]

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Ask Adam: How Long Does Open Wine Really Last in the Fridge?

Ask Adam: How Long Does Open Wine Really Last in the Fridge?

Send all questions to advice@vinepair.com A Sommelier friend says that open white wine stays good in the fridge for three weeks – is that true? While your friend is more than welcome to keep drinking old wine, they’re wrong that it’s still good. Wine starts to devolve into vinegar the second the cork is popped […]

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Ask Adam: Every Time I Go Out, the Somm Gives the Men the Wine List!

Ask Adam: Every Time I Go Out, the Somm Gives the Men the Wine List!

Send all questions to advice@vinepair.com Every time I go out for a work event, the somm brings my male colleagues the wine list. I actually know a lot more about wine, but even if I didn’t, it’s 2017! How can I politely but firmly take control of this situation? This is a very tough situation. […]

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Ask Adam: If You Spill Something at a Friend’s House, They Should Clean it up, Right?

Ask Adam: If You Spill Something at a Friend’s House, They Should Clean it up, Right?

Send all questions to advice@vinepair.com If you spill something at a friend’s house, they should clean it up, right?? Accidents happen. If someone is having a dinner party or another sort of get-together, they should be prepared for a spill or two. But that does not mean you should not at least offer to help clean […]

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Ask Adam: Indian Food, Fathers-in-Law, and Gifts that are Just Wrong

Ask Adam: Indian Food, Fathers-in-Law, and Gifts that are Just Wrong

Send all queries to: advice@vinepair.com What wine should I pair with Indian food? Indian food is very tricky to pair with wine. Both the aromatic spice and the heat can really mess with your palate. If you’re looking for the perfect pairing that goes with the majority of dishes you would order in an Indian restaurant, […]

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On The Floor: Should You Ever Decant Champagne?

On The Floor: Should You Ever Decant Champagne?

It’s a scene that could have taken place eight minutes ago or eight decades ago, in living color or on screen: a restaurant guest orders a bottle of Champagne. The sommelier sets glasses, presents the bottle and, upon approval, retreats to his or her station to remove the cork swiftly and silently. He or she […]

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9 Times When It’s OK To Drink Wine Through A Straw

9 Times When It’s OK To Drink Wine Through A Straw

Oh, what, your friends are being all classy, drinking wine straight from the glass? Whatever man. You got this awesome new novelty straw, and you’re going to enjoy it. OR you are currently chewing an Everlasting Gobstopper, and you’ll be damned if you’re about to stop the everlastingness. Even if neither of those situations apply, […]

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