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Opening an old bottle of wine can be tricky. In fact, it can be so tricky that it may require a different device than a standard opener to properly remove the cork.
Should You Decant Champagne? It Depends
Decanting is a polarizing topic in the still-wine world. The process is performed to separate sediment, allow the wine to interact with oxygen or both. So when it comes to decanting Champagne, you can bet experts have opinions on the matter. And whether to decant the bubbly or not isn’t …
9 Extravagant Hotel Wine Cellars Worth Traveling to See
Wine cellars are often thought of as subterranean crypts or vault-like spaces, where naturally cool, dark environments assure stable conditions for storing bottles during aging. However, many hotels are also making their cellars cool places to hang out.
Lambrusco, Baga Espumante and Other Sparkling Red Wines from Around the World
Like sparkling white wines, bubbly reds are the result of double fermenting still red wine, when carbon dioxide is added to create the stylistic fizz. There is no limit as to which red varieties can become sparklers; therefore, their qualities from aroma to palate are as varied as the grapes …
The Zimbabwean Spirit That Connects Past, Present and Future
The only alcoholic beverage Audrey Madzima could drink when she was younger was Hwahwa (pronounced wa-wa), a drink made of local grains. “It didn’t really have an age restriction; everyone was welcome to drink it,” she says. “I remember I was 14 at the time. I had a huge cup, …
Is the Wine Industry Ready for Cryptocurrency? (Maybe)
A handful of wineries and retailers have dipped their toes into cryptocurrency. They acknowledge its volatility and lack of widespread adoption, but they’ve believe that crypto might just be the future of finance.
In the Philippines, Coconut Wine Is a Symbol of Pride and Resistance
Tuba is the favorite drink of those in the Philippines’ rural south, and especially in populous Visayan Islands like Leyte. Many Filipinos recognize tuba’s importance, thanks to its deep-rooted history and enduring social and cultural impact.
A Whiskey-Spiked Mulled Cider Recipe For the Ages
As temperatures drop, many cocktail lovers crave warm beverages packed with wintery spices, cozy aromas and just enough potency to keep things toasty. The most popular hot cocktails often date back generations, like hot toddies, hot-buttered rums, cocoas and mulled wines. Another heritage cocktail that originated in medieval England needs …
Despite a Regulatory Rollercoaster, Austin's Tigress Pub Toasts Resilience
In October, Austin’s Tigress Pub celebrated its 10-year anniversary, the date of which actually fell in May. Owner Pamela Pritchard, manager/bartender Holly Coleman and manager/bartender Kelsey Caudebec delayed the celebration for six months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. “It’s really a celebration of the family that’s been built for …
Four Virtual Wine Education Programs for Every Budget
Almost anyone of age can obtain, taste and enjoy wine in some capacity. When it comes to mastering what’s in the bottle, however? That isn’t always the case. Most traditional wine certifications require countless hours of rigorous study and hundreds to thousands of dollars, two big barriers that put the …
A New Mission for California Makers
Mission, the first wine grape planted in California, is unknown to many wine lovers—possibly because the variety had been nearly wiped from the Golden State all-together.
A Very Vanderpump Cocktail
Courtesy Ariana Maddix and Tom Sandoval, authors, Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019) Now in its eighth season, Vanderpump Rules is a cornerstone of reality television. For the uninitiated, the show centers around a motley crew of young adults, most of …
10 of the World's Most Iconic Wine Shops
Wine shops educate wine lovers on new varieties and bottles, and bear witness to changing public tastes. With this in mind, Wine Enthusiast created the America’s 50 Best Wine Retailers list to celebrate the industry’s best. But it also made some of our editors ponder which shops are true global …
How to Make Limoncello at Home
We’ve all seen home brewing and winemaking kits, but do you want a project that doesn’t require any special gear and yields a flavorful spirit? Then consider DIY limoncello, an Italian classic made with just a few easy-to-obtain ingredients (and a healthy dose of patience).
Orange Wine is Trending for All the Right Reasons
“It’s common to get wine-style-fatigue at the end of a season,” says Michael Kennedy, founder of Component Wine Company in Napa Valley. Orange wines, also known as skin-contact wines and amber wines, are made from white grapes. They possess both the flavors of white varieties with the texture and tannins …
'You Don't Go to a Bar for the Alcohol': Seeking Community in Quarantine
Imagine you’re in Egypt, circa 1923. King Tut’s tomb has just been discovered, and you’re celebrating in style. There’s belly dancing, cocktails and attendees clad in their finest threads. The twist? It’s 2020, and you’re on your couch. Welcome to the brave new world of virtual happy hours, a business …
Podcasts for Every Wine Lover, From Beginners to Experts
Podcasts have become a huge part of American pop culture in the past few years. According to The Infinite Dial’s 2019 report, 51% of the U.S. population listened to a podcast last year, and more than 30% listened monthly. And while wine is best experienced in a glass, there’s much …
10 Wines from a Tuscan Region Ripe for Experimentation
Tuscany’s wine prestige comes from the iconic appellations of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Bolgheri. But few American wine lovers realize that located south of Bolgheri is the area’s third-largest Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC), Maremma Toscana DOC. The region extends from the southern Tuscan coast, inland to the …
Discovering Okanagan Wine Country by Train
Curious about exploring British Columbia’s Okanagan wine valley, but don’t know where to begin? The Rocky Mountaineer train is offering a new tour that combines its first-class “GoldLeaf” service with a multi-day stopover to explore Canada's burgeoning Okanagan wine region.
Diversifying the Vineyard with Truffles
The world’s most coveted and expensive edible may be coming to a vineyard near you, thanks in part to the American Truffle Company, a business that is introducing the science of truffle cultivation to the wine world.
Discover the Unknown of the Sierra Foothills
"From Gold Rush towns preserved in time to 140-year-old grapevines, the Sierra Foothills area keeps one foot in the 19th century. In this region, known as Gold Country and the Mother Lode, you will uncover rich history, best explored via raft or wine glass."
Get Outside By Exploring Monterey
“A poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.” That’s how John Steinbeck describes the down-at the-heels district at the center of his 1945 novel, Cannery Row.