As much as female winemakers are discussed today, the world of wine has historically been dominated by men. The phrase “& Fils,” appended to the family name of many French domaines, exemplifies the tradition of handing the family business from father to son, generation after generation. The southern Rhône’s Domaine de Montvac, however, follows a matrilineal […]
Everyone needs a bottle of wine that is dependable for all occasions, the kind that should be stashed in the fridge or the wine rack at all times for unexpected guests, impromptu get-togethers, or that “I deserve a glass of wine right now” moment. It should be affordable, versatile, and, above all, delicious. In the […]
When I worked at a small, neighborhood wine shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, our most popular shelf by far was the $15-and-under rack.
Here’s an unpopular opinion: I hate New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has a tendency to be completely overblown yet somehow also generic-tasting at the same time. Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is almost always overly fruity, aggressively herbaceous (if you can even categorize that signature jalapeño-cat pee stink as “herbaceous”), and far too boozy.
Pinot Grigio is often a wine thought of for porch sipping and garden parties. It’s been poo-pooed as of late as being not serious and over-ordered, and while it’s true that there are some seriously mass-produced bottles on the market, there are also still some stunners. Case in point, Scarbolo Ramato Pinot Grigio.
I drank a lot of Ravenswood in college. Mostly because I wanted to seem sophisticated and classy AF, but also because I just preferred it to beer. There was something to me that felt very adult about choosing wine over macro lager. But I was also on a budget, so while I had a taste […]
Rioja is one of the great wine regions of the world. Arguably the wine that put Spain on the map, the region’s red wines have become mainstays on wine lists and in wine shops across the country. But which Rioja should you buy? With the plethora of wines available to you at the store, we […]
Vicki, Staff Writer — Venica & Venica Jesera Pinot Grigio I drank a cold glass of Venica & Venica Jesera Pinot Grigio at my good friend Victoria’s book launch party on Monday night that was absolutely delightful. Her new book, Drink Pink, is all about the history and celebration of rosé, therefore only pink wines […]
The VinePair staff tries lots of drinks over the course of a week. These were our favorites in the third week of April. Vicki, Staff Writer — La Cuvee du Chat from Jean-Claude Chanudet Jean-Claude Chanudet’s “La Cuvee du Chat” was probably the best wine I drank all week. The palate is full of tart, […]