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Best Red Wine for New Year's

Beyond Champagne: The Best Red Wine for New Year’s Parties

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Sine Qua Non -Leflaive -2000 Leroy -1976 Lopez de Heredia -2009 Dal Forno -2014 Duckhorn -1995 Sine Qua Non Red Handed -1995 Smith Woodhouse -1989 D’Oliveiras When you think of the aftermath of a New Year’s Eve party, you probably picture dozens of empty and half-empty Champagne bottles scattered around the room. But wh...
For the best champagne for new year's eve, try a mature vintage champagne.

Choosing the Best Champagne for New Year’s Eve

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -1971 Moët & Chandon Dom Perignon -Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé -Krug Grande Cuvée -1999 Salon Le Mesnil -1990 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rosé  Champagne and New Year’s Eve go together like bread and butter–no New Year’s celebration feels quite right without a flute of bubbly to toast with when midnight s...
The best wine for christmas dinner doesn't overwhelm the main dish.

Choosing the Best Wine for Christmas Dinner

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -2004 Vietti Barolo -2006 Taittinger Every year, my family makes an enormous batch of lasagna on Christmas Eve. While this Italian holiday tradition makes for a delicious dining experience, sometimes, finding the perfect wine pairing can be a challenge. The layers of creamy ricotta, spicy sausage, acidic marinara, and butter...
how to become a sommelier

How to Become a Sommelier (And Why You Should)

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Penfolds -DRC -Louis Jadot  Some wine enthusiasts believe that sommelier certification takes years to complete, and that it’s only useful for those who want a career in the wine industry. This isn’t necessarily true. Dedicated students can become a sommelier in as little as 24 weeks through the American Sommelier Assoc...
The Science of Wine Tasting might help you figure out what wine flavors you prefer.

Analyzing the Science of Wine Tasting: Does DNA Play a Role?

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Soldera -Hundred Acre -Lail -Huet -Guado al Tasso -Leroy -Chapoutier -Peter Michael -Cos d’Estournel -Hourglass -Schloss Johannisberger  What if scientists could pinpoint the perfect bottle of wine for your palate, based only on the genetic makeup of your DNA? A Silicon Valley technology company, Helix, claims that they ...
Buying a Bottle of Wine at a Restaurant

The Do’s and Don’ts of Buying a Bottle of Wine At a Restaurant

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Latour -Haut-Brion -Turley 2014  One of my friends has been a wine collector for 20 years; he owns at least a dozen bottles of fine Latour and Haut-Brion, and is immensely knowledgeable about the wine industry. Knowing how much experience he has with wine, you can imagine my surprise when I learned that he had never bought...
Tasting Wine from the Barrel

Your Comprehensive Guide to Tasting Wine from the Barrel

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Le Pin -Ogier -Alesia -Pine Ridge -Krupp Brothers -Ausone 2009 -Ausone 2016  My first barrel tasting experience was a massive success, in part because I had a knowledgeable mentor walking me through the process. The head winemaker was a close family friend, and he offered to take me and four of my relatives on a private ta...