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Way to Hold a Wine Glass

Is There a Proper Way to Hold a Wine Glass?

Mentioned in This Post: -Leroy (Domaine)  -Georges Roumier  -Leflaive (Domaine)  I played cello in an orchestra for seven years, and my right hand grew accustomed to holding a bow. Later, when I started collecting wine, I realized that the proper way to hold a wine glass is almost identical to the way I hold a cello bow. My music teacher taught ...
don't like pinot noir

Don’t Like Pinot Noir? Learn How to Love This Varietal with a Step-by-Step Guide

This summer, I was enjoying a casual dinner at my favorite wine bar with a good friend. He adores fine wine, which is why I was surprised to hear him say, “I don’t like Pinot Noir.” Our sommelier was shocked too. How could an experienced collector who regularly buys Screaming Eagle Cabernet and Angelus Bordeaux say that he dislikes one of the...
what kind of food goes well with red wine

What Kind of Food Goes Well with Red Wine?

A few months ago, I had a hankering for blackened salmon, so I found the perfect recipe and ended up with a beautiful dinner that just needed a good wine to go with it. The only problem was that my white wine collection wasn’t up to the task. As I looked through my wine fridge, I saw beautiful bottles of dry Chenin Blanc, New Zealand Sauvignon Bl...
what food goes well with white wine

What Kind of Food Goes Well with White Wine?

White wines aren’t the easiest to pair with food; their light, delicate flavors can get overwhelmed by even a simple beef stew. However, in my experience, nothing beats a great pairing of white wine and food. When you get the balance of flavors right, your food appears more complex–you’ll taste every pinch of paprika and sprig of thyme. I...
how high should I fill a wine glass

How High Should I Fill a Wine Glass?

The summer after I graduated from high school, I stayed at my grandmother’s house for a few weeks to help her with a gardening project. After a long day of digging in the dirt, she’d usually relax on the couch with her knitting and a chilled glass of Robert Mondavi Chardonnay. One evening, her foot was hurting her, so she asked me if I could go...
how to taste polarizing wines

How to Taste Polarizing Wines: Finding Unique and Funky Wines That Suit Your Palate

In 2009, a collector tried a delicious aged bottle of Cayuse from Washington, and immediately signed up for the mailing list. Years later, he finally cleared the list, but his excitement was short-lived. After buying two bottles of 7-year-old Armada and God Only Knows, he found their funky, earthy flavors far too overpowering. The collector could t...
best place to store open wine

Is a Refrigerator the Best Place to Store Open Wine Bottles?

My grandmother always told me that I should never keep open Champagne overnight. When I got older, I decided to test this theory. Early one evening, I got more than halfway through a bottle of Moet & Chandon (don’t ask me why I opened it knowing I wouldn’t finish it) and since I didn’t want to dump the remaining bottle, I sealed it tightl...
which wines should I decant

Which Wines Should I Decant, and For How Long?

I have an ornate glass wine decanter that sits in the center of my kitchen table at all times, like a permanent decoration–it never leaves its spot unless I’m cleaning it. I’m strict about keeping it on the table because nearly all of the wines that I drink taste better with a little aeration, and it’s easy to forget this important step...