Everybody loves a good wine trail. But we tend to keep loving the same ones, over and over and over again. And then passing out and waking up and loving them once more. One way to spice up the intoxication of wine tourism: change things up. Find an undiscovered—or really less discovered—wine trail and make […]
One thing that unites “dog people” and “cat people”—being “wine people.” Which is why we’re doing a feline follow-up to our catalogue of the 14 Winery Pooches To Melt Your Heart. Now where a winery dog might reasonably be expected to perform some particular function on the winery or vineyard grounds—keeping the vineyard manager company, […]
And you thought wineries couldn’t get any better…Meet, the winery dog. AKA vineyard dog. AKA informal mascot, pest control, guest greeter, and general keeper-of-things-cool. A lot of wineries have them, for reasons practical (killing moles that dig into their soil) and adorable (‘nuf said), and we wanted to celebrate them. Because, well, dogs. Turns out […]
The weather is getting warmer and soon, vineyards in the Northern Hemisphere will be in the midst of “bud break,” when vines begin their annual growing. It’s a beautiful time to visit a vineyard and see a winery in action. Wine tourism is a big industry, and for good reason: the combination of fresh air, […]
There’s only one reason to attend a wine passport weekend: to get tipsy in a pastoral setting as cheaply as possible. Despite being marketed as the ideal combination of education and a buzz, with one ticket promising “free” tasting at dozens of wineries, neither learning nor drinking well are guaranteed.
In the rolling hills of Virginia, not far from the University he designed and founded, Thomas Jefferson made repeated attempts to grow vitis vinifera, meaning European grape varieties. After traveling in France, the Statesman had fallen in love with elegant wine, and was determined to plant the nation’s first vineyards. But the humid climate, and […]
The origins of Valentine’s Day as a romantic holiday are debatable, but here’s a solid theory: whether single or coupled up, by February 14th, everyone needs a good love story. February is the shortest month of the year, but it’s also filled with dark days and frigid, face-numbing cold. Fluffy snow is now dirty slush, and […]
Images of winter in the vineyard make the vines look sturdy, tranquil, and often quite dead. But beneath the picture-perfect dusting of snowflakes across Tuscany or clovers that blanket dormant Napa vineyards, there’s an incredible amount of microscopic activity happening the in the vineyard. Dormant vines are far from dead, and they’re not just asleep, either.
Making wine during wartime is elitist. But that’s kind of the point. “Wine is a symbol,” Sandro Saade, owner of Domaine de Bargylus in Latakia, Syria, told VinePair. Sandro co-runs the winery with his brother, Karim, “It means different things to different people, but it is almost always tied to land, people and heritage.