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 […]
Here at VinePair, there’s one question we get asked more than any other: What’s the best way to learn about wine? While we’re certainly advocates for books, classes, and the internet (hello, VinePair.com!), believe it or not, one of the best ways to learn about wine is to actually taste it. Understanding how our palates […]
Years ago, at a wine-themed casino in Wiesbaden celebrating 100 years of the VDP – the German wine growers’ association – I found myself drawn to a blackjack table in a corner of the grand ballroom where the event was held. There was a James Bond air about the place, everyone dressed in black tie, […]
Paumanok Vineyards is humming with machines. In late September in the midst of harvest, winemaker Kareem Massoud followed a tube that ran from the truck bed of recently harvested Merlot grapes, to an automated destemmer. A little bit of juice washed over the white conveyor belt, followed by a wave of grapes. Seven men combed […]
Newcomers to wine, moderate drinkers, and connoisseurs alike can all agree on one thing : When it comes to wine, Burgundy is king. Whether you’re looking for a simple bottle of wine to bring to a dinner party or searching for that special anniversary bottle to share with your spouse, Burgundy has it all.
Tasting wine is much simpler than you think. It all comes to to Seeing, Smelling and Sipping. So don’t get intimidated, just watch this video, see how it’s done, and then taste wines like a pro!
We’re not going to say “cocktail party” or “dinner party,” or even “wine party.” Why? Because we don’t think we should prematurely restrict the circumstances wherein a bunch of buddies and a bunch of wine bottles can spontaneously gather (maybe some friends were helping you paint and that Cabernet color got you all a bit […]
Wine glass. Wine tasting. Wine bottle opener. Wine biscuits. Wait, what now? Yeah, so it turns out there’s a thing called “wine biscuits.” It’s not a term for the super dry, generally flavorless palate-cleansing crackers served at wine tastings. Wine biscuits are an Italian specialty, a Rhode Island regional treat, and now, apparently, the subject […]
“You’re gonna want to pop the cork and let this bottle of red open up for thirty minutes to an hour before drinking it.” WHAT?! I teach a wine class once a week and no matter what the subject is about, at the end I always take general wine questions. And more often than not this one […]