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Wine Critics Matter Because Some Opinions Are Better Than Others

Wine Critics Matter Because Some Opinions Are Better Than Others

A while back I was chatting with a few colleagues about the business of wine criticism. I suggested that certain critics seem to have preferences that come across in their assessments. I picked out one in particular and suggested, rather bravely, that I didn’t think their ratings of certain wines were very reliable, and that […]

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We Asked a Group of Sommeliers to Blind Taste Target’s New $5 Wines. Here’s What Happened.

We Asked a Group of Sommeliers to Blind Taste Target’s New $5 Wines. Here’s What Happened.

Trader Joe’s has Charles Shaw, a.k.a Two Buck Chuck. Whole Foods has Three Wishes. And as of September, Target has California Roots, its answer to the uber-popular “super value” wine category. While we at VinePair are a bit wary of California Roots’ dubious origins, we are also far too curious not to taste the viral, […]

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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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Rioja, White Burgundy, and Other Wines That Secretly Taste Like Pumpkin Spice

Rioja, White Burgundy, and Other Wines That Secretly Taste Like Pumpkin Spice

Love it or hate it, pumpkin spice season is upon us. Everywhere we turn, there are pumpkin beers, pumpkin lattes, and even pumpkin spice vodka or pumpkin spice-flavored Baileys Irish Cream. For wine drinkers who secretly (or publicly) enjoy a Starbucks PSL from time to time, there are plenty of wines with similar flavor profiles. I’m not talking […]

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The Secrets to a Wine Tasting Trip That Won’t Break the Bank

The Secrets to a Wine Tasting Trip That Won’t Break the Bank

With wine tourism on the rise worldwide, there are more opportunities than ever to sip and swirl your vacation days away. A well-planned wine adventure can make you feel like an in-the-know VIP, tasting one-of-a-kind local wines at the best local spots. But in regions like Napa or Burgundy, $100 tasting fees and expensive souvenir bottles […]

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You Can’t Sip With Us: The Rise of the Winery Bachelorette Party

You Can’t Sip With Us: The Rise of the Winery Bachelorette Party

Sashes and plastic tiaras, genitalia-shaped party favors, and, of course, obligatory male strippers. Bachelorette parties, those post-lib iterations of traditional stag nights, have already given us so much. A rite of female bonding throughout much of the Western world, fueled by alcohol and high spirits, bachelorette parties have also become a million-dollar industry. According to […]

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