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We Blind-Tasted Biodynamic Wines According to the Lunar Cycle. Here’s What Happened.

We Blind-Tasted Biodynamic Wines According to the Lunar Cycle. Here’s What Happened.

The Gwyneth Paltrow effect is real. Americans are paying more attention than ever to organic and biodynamic products. More than 80 percent of us buy organic products for our households, and the organic wine market is predicted to grow by nearly 10 percent annually through 2021. Biodynamics, a moon-centric science whose adherents coordinate agricultural efforts with the lunar […]

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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: Is It O.K. to Send My Cocktail Back if it Isn’t Strong Enough?

Ask Adam: Is It O.K. to Send My Cocktail Back if it Isn’t Strong Enough?

Got a question? Send it to advice@vinepair.com. Is it O.K. to send my cocktail back if it isn’t strong enough? Not unless you want to look like a real tool. As we’ve written before, people who say they want a ”strong”-tasting cocktail usually just mean they want to taste the booze. If that’s your jam, […]

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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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