Can You Freeze Leftover Wine?Skills
Here's what to do if you don't want your bottle to go to waste.
This Old-School Italian Party Trick Makes Red Wine So Much BetterSkills
If you don’t love red wine, you will after this.
How to Pop a Bottle of Champagne With Zero FearSkills
As much fun as it might be to send a cork shooting over people’s heads and showering your guests with fizzy booze, there is another way to open Champagne and sparkling wines. A better way. Follow this easy, step-by-step guide on how to open a bottle of bubbly without accidentally poking your eye out! There’s a lot of pressure pent up inside that bottle of Champagne.
Martha Stewart's Ice Cube and Chardonnay Habit, ExplainedSkills
Martha Stewart is definitely onto something with her glass of Chardonnay.
The Best Wines for Sangria, According to Our Wine Expert
Tip: $10 should be the MAX you spend.
What Is Champagne? A Guide to Sparkling WineSkills
A 101 guide to buying and drinking Champagne and other sparkling wines.
Wine Words: BarriqueSkills
Barrique is a wine word that most of you will probably already be familiar with. The word ‘barrique’ means barrel, but not just any type of barrel. Do you know specifically what a barrique is? The word ‘barrique’ refers to a specific size and shape of oak barrel. In making wine there are many different sizes of barrels used. Barrique barrels are relatively small barrels, but not just any small barrels.
What Exactly is a Corked Wine and What Does Corked Wine Taste Like?Skills
Most wine drinkers are probably familiar with the term ‘corked wine’, but I hazard a guess that not as many wine drinkers really know what a corked wine tastes like, how a wine becomes corked in the first place, or how to detect a corked wine. To find out more, read on. Wine being corked doesn’t mean that is has tiny particles of cork floating in it, or that it simply tastes like cork.
Aug 18, 2022
Wine and Soup: Easy Pairing TipsSkills
February is Soup Month at The Kitchn, so I thought that I would look at some great soup and wine combinations. Traditionally, soup has been considered a difficult course to pair with wine. The reason for this is texture. Pairing liquid with liquid simply did not seem like an appealing combination. Well, as we all know, there is soup and there is soup.So don’t let incumbent ideas about food pairing stop you from enjoying a glass of wine with your next soup dish.
May 13, 2022
The Low-Alcohol Drink I Can’t Get Enough Of (and No, It’s Not Spiked Seltzer)Skills
It's wine's easygoing, effervescent cousin.
Aug 27, 2021
We Tested 6 Different Methods for Quickly Chilling a Bottle of Wine — And the Winner Only Took 15 Minutes
Summertime Wine
You probably already have everything you need to do it.
Aug 1, 2021
The 5 Best Red Wines for SangriaSkills
Most recipes just call for "dry red wine" — we're taking the guesswork away.
Jun 18, 2020
Out of Broth? Here’s What to Use Instead.Skills
Your beer and wine stash is key.
Apr 30, 2020
8 Wine and Holiday Cookie Pairings, Recommended by SommeliersSkills
Pair a nice bottle of wine with your favorite Christmas cookie, and invite some friends over.
Dec 13, 2019
The Very Best Way to (Quickly!) Chill Wine and Beer
There's almost no waiting and ZERO need for special equipment.
Dec 7, 2019
10 Delicious Ways to Use Up Leftover WineSkills
For some people, leftover wine is a rare occurrence. But if you find yourself with a half-empty bottle that you forgot about or didn’t really like, here are some tasty ideas on how that wine can find renewed purpose in cooking or drinks! Think of wine as a cooking liquid: it has acidity, sometimes sweetness, and body, making it a great vehicle for enhancing whatever it comes into contact with.
Sep 11, 2019
How To Chill Drinks Fast (& Keep Them Cold) This WeekendSkills
Keep these easy hacks in mind all summer long.
May 17, 2019
Saison to Gueuze: Best Beers for Wine Lovers Beer SessionsSkills
Now, we’re not trying to get into a “Which is better: beer or wine?” debate here. It’s just that we believe that there are some beers that you steadfast wine drinkers out there might really enjoy. Call them cross-over beers. As in, they cross the line between beer and wine. As in, come on over and we’ll pour you a pint.These beer styles draw on many of the same flavor profiles as our favorite wines: robust, fruity, and spicy; crisp, tart, and dry.
May 2, 2019
10 Important Wine Words That Make Talking About Wine EasierSkills
Some people say timing is everything, but I’d argue language is everything — especially when it comes to wine. We’ve all been there — standing in the wine aisle, paralyzed by the wealth of choices and dumbfounded by confusing language describing every bottle. Wine-speak can be intimidating, but it need not be. Here are 10 critical wine words that make talking about wine, whether for Taco Tuesday or a fancy dinner out, a little bit easier — i.e.
May 1, 2019
Psst! You’re Probably Drinking Your White Wine Too ColdSkills
Up until recently, I’d tuck my white wine in the fridge until it was as cold as I could get it before popping the cork. It was icy and refreshing as can be, and no one was complaining. But I found that most of the white wine, regardless of what kind I was actually drinking, tasted mostly the same: It was very cold and it was wine. Come to find out it’s because I have actually been drinking it too cold this whole time.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Best Red Wine to Pair with SteakSkills
To me, steak is one of the ultimate special-occasion foods. We don’t eat it very often, but when we do it’s usually when Valentine’s Day or my husband’s birthday rolls around. That’s when I pull out all the stops: a nice piece of meat, extra-buttery potatoes, and, of course, good wine. When you think of steak, you probably think of red wine.
Feb 12, 2019
The Best Member’s Mark Items You Can Only Get at Sam’s ClubSkills
The shelves at Sam’s Club started looking a little different around this time last year. See, that’s when execs decided to rethink their private-label products. “At one point, we had 21 private labels,” says Chandra Holt, vice president of private brands at Sam’s Club, in a press release. “So the first thing I set out to do was to simplify for our members. We now have one private brand: Member’s Mark.
Jun 15, 2018
This Is What People Mean When They Say a Wine Is Oaky — And What You Should Look for When ShoppingSkills
We in the wine business have an unfortunate habit of throwing around our lingo as though everyone will understand it. Get a few of us together with a bottle (or two or four) and we might as well be that teacher from Charlie Brown. In attempts to turn all that womp womp womp into words you’ll not only understand, but also be able to use yourself, here’s a quick explainer — in total laymen’s terms.
May 23, 2018
The Best Red Wine to Drink While Eating on the CouchSkills
A year ago, I finally replaced the stiff IKEA futon in my living room with my dream sofa from West Elm — one I had spent years saving up and planning for. The mid-century sofa quickly became my most beloved piece of furniture, but from the very beginning I was concerned its light grey fabric would attract accidents. My biggest fear was that someone would drop a big saucy meatball or spill a giant glass of wine on it.
Feb 20, 2018
Only True Lord of the Rings Aficionados Will Love This WineSkills
I have good news for anyone with good taste in books and who loves a great adventure. Limited-edition Lord of the Rings wine is now available to purchase and it actually sounds like it might be tasty. The first thing you must know about these Lord of the Rings wine offerings is that there were only 6,000 bottles of each made.
Dec 23, 2017
5 Rules of Wine Tasting I Learned from a Weekend in SonomaSkills
From my first sip of vin with my mom in Paris (I was 16 and pretty sure I spat it back into the glass) to the everyday catch-up session over a glass or two, wine has always been a central part of my relationship with my mom. So, when it came time for us to plan our next girls’ trip, we decided on Sonoma. We blocked off four days and flew out to California for eating, drinking, and taking in the breathtaking landscape. Here’s what we learned along the (delicious) way.
Oct 4, 2017
Take This DNA Test to Find Your New Favorite Bottle of WineSkills
Wine tasting is one way to see what blends you like. Another way? A DNA test. Now, thanks to a company called Vinome, you can use your DNA to navigate your way to the perfect bottle of vino. Vinome was founded by a team of genetic scientists and wine experts in 2015. Using genetic analysis, the company determines what bottles are best suited to your preferences.
Sep 1, 2017
This Is the Wine I Always Drink with PizzaSkills
My husband and I enjoy pizza night at home almost every Friday night, and it’s a tradition we don’t plan on shaking anytime soon. It usually starts with sipping Americanos and munching on marinated olives on the couch while the pizza stone preheats in the oven. Then, as we assemble our pies, we pop open a bottle of wine. It’s the same kind of wine each and every time because, in my opinion, it’s the best bottle you can drink with just about any kind of pizza.
Jul 17, 2017
Our 8 Favorite Canned Wines for SummerSkills
Just when we’ve finally mastered the art of gracefully using a waiter’s key, the trendiest and best new wines have made the skill obsolete. Not because they’re all coming in screw-top bottles (although plenty of good options do come with screw tops!), but because they’re all coming in cans. Just like beer, soda, and LaCroix! There are lots of canned wines on the market this summer (think: rosé, rosé, and more rosé). Here are some of our current favorites.
Jul 4, 2017
Your Happy Hour Formula: Wine + Snack Pairings for $20 or UnderSkills
There seem to be weekly moments when you’re gathered with friends and need a good snack and a drink. Maybe it’s book club, game night, or just that 5 p.m. drop-by of a couple of your best buddies looking to catch up and laugh a little. Whatever the excuse, bites and sips are a must. It doesn’t have to be complicated to be fun — just a few good apps and a bottle of wine can win in these instances. That means these moments also don’t need to break the bank.
May 13, 2017
3 Tips for Cooking and Baking with AlcoholSkills
When you are a self-professed booze-hound and a baker at heart, it is almost too easy to incorporate flavorful alcohol into everything from weeknight dinners to luscious birthday cakes. Honestly, though, I’ve made more than a few mistakes along the way when trying to add the smoky sweetness of bourbon to dinner or the dry sweetness of Champagne into cake.
Apr 27, 2017
The One Wine You Should Drink with Asparagus & ArtichokesSkills
If you’ve ever tried to sip a glass of Cabernet alongside roasted asparagus or stewed artichokes, you probably had an unpleasant experience. Did the wine taste bitter and almost metallic? Don’t worry — your wine isn’t bad. This is often what happens when you drink wine with these veggies. Both are known for being quite difficult to pair with wine due to this effect, but luckily there is one bottle that matches up perfectly.
Mar 16, 2017
Why Does My Wine Taste Funny When I Sip It with Asparagus & Artichokes?Skills
With spring almost upon us, it’s hard not to start dreaming about all the asparagus and artichokes you’ll be gobbling up throughout the season. Perhaps you have had the experience of drinking a glass of wine alongside a dish with either veggie and noticed the wine tasted far from normal. In fact, the wine suddenly tasted bitter and metallic. This is a common occurrence.
Mar 16, 2017
Why It’s OK to Judge a Wine Bottle by Its LabelSkills
Feb 21, 2017
The Right Bubbly Wine for Your Relationship Status This Valentine’s DaySkills
It’s Valentine’s Day and if you, like me, have not yet figured out what you’re drinking tonight, there is no shame. There is still time to choose something special — and by special, we mean bubbly. There really is nothing like the fizzy stuff when you want to feel festive. The real question is: Which bubbles should you drink?
Feb 14, 2017
What Is Vintage Champagne, and Should You Pay More for It?Skills
This time of year, when chocolate hearts line the drugstore aisles, roses fill the flower shops, and love is in the air, it feels fitting to drink something fizzy. I would argue that even if your romantic situation is, like mine, somewhat nebulous, it’s just as appropriate to pick up a bottle of bubbles and make a big deal out of a Tuesday night. But perhaps this year is an extra-special occasion.
Feb 13, 2017
5 Things to Drink with Your Steak If You Don’t Like Red WineSkills
The goal of a food and drink pairing is to make both taste better when consumed together. It’s a partnership to bring out the best in everyone! So while red wine with steak is probably the most well-known duo, there are still a handful of beverages — both alcoholic and non-alcoholic — that will make that juicy steak you just cooked up an even more delicious experience to partake in.
Feb 6, 2017
When (and Why) You Should Spring for the Good ChampagneSkills
Bubbly makes everything better: a night becomes an evening, and lunch becomes a rendezvous; a gathering is a celebration, and an intimate dinner for two becomes a pronouncement of intention. Bubbly is, in all its forms (Prosecco, Cava and Champagne), magical in its ability to enliven and uplift every occasion — but never quite as much as when the bubbly is Champagne.
Dec 23, 2016
Why Cava Is the Best Bubbly Wine for PunchSkills
If you’re looking to add some pop, fizz, and bubble to your holiday occasion, cava is pretty much always a good solution. Spain’s answer to Champagne can make the leap from office white elephant party to black-tie dinner party with aplomb. In fact, we’d argue cava is so versatile that you should just buy a case now. But our favorite way to use cava this time of year is in punch. (Because what are the holidays without something fizzy, festive, and spiked?
Dec 12, 2016
The Little Secret to Pouring the Right Amount of Wine (No Matter What Glass It’s In)Skills
Wine glasses can be confusing. Beyond the basics — with stems or without, white wine and red wine — there are glasses for specific varietals. A Cabernet glass is different from a Bordeaux glass, and while most white wine glasses are more tapered, a Burgundy glass (ideal for Chardonnay and Gruner Veltliner) has a very generous bowl. Who can keep all that straight? But here’s a little secret I’ll let you in on: None of this matters when it comes to how much wine to pour.
Dec 9, 2016
Why Prosecco Is the Best Bubbly for BrunchSkills
There are a million good reasons to pop a cork. The real question is what kind of cork we want to pop. There are basically three categories of bubbles to choose from: Champagne, Cava and Prosecco. Each has its own distinct characteristics, flavors, and style, which dictate when and how I want to serve and sip each one. For brunch, my choice is Prosecco.
Nov 30, 2016
The One Thing You Should Actually Pay Attention to When Buying Bordeaux WineSkills
Earlier this year, I attended a dinner that highlighted the wines of Bordeaux. But these wines weren’t the ones I expected to see; the serious and spendy reds I think of when I hear “Bordeaux.” Instead, they were affordable and approachable, the kind I’d want to serve for the holidays — or just drink on any given Tuesday night.
Nov 15, 2016
The Affordable French White Wine You Probably Don’t Know AboutSkills
When I think of white wine from France, my mind goes straight to the Loire valley, specifically to the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. These wines are crisp and flinty — just what I’m looking for in a white. The price tag on these wines, however, are often a deterrent. Which is why I looked to another French wine region. And if you, like me, crave a white that is throughly enjoyable, uniquely accessible, and rarely expensive, you really need to consider it, too.
Nov 10, 2016
Why You Should Just Buy a Case of Cava NowSkills
This time of year is simultaneously the most joyous and the most nerve-wracking. When family gatherings, fourth-quarter deadlines, children’s pageants, and caroling collide this season, wine is basically essential — and not just to ease the holiday stress. Having a go-to bottle on hand can make impromptu get-togethers easy and (dare we say?) enjoyable, even. There’s no need to make a mad dash to the liquor store when your mother-in-law shows up for a surprise visit.
Nov 8, 2016
This Boxed Sangria Is the Answer to Your Labor Day Drinking PlansSkills
These days, drinking outside the wine bottle doesn’t have to mean a massive headache the next day. Good things come in boxes — promise! And while we fully support pulling out the box o’ wine when friends stop by this holiday weekend, we also get that you may want to dress things up a bit. Enter: Beso del Sol sangria. Pour it in a pitcher with some ice and sliced fruit and you have yourself a festive holiday weekend sipper. The fact that it’s low in alcohol — 8.
Sep 2, 2016
20 Wine Ideas for Celebrating the End of SummerSkills
Today is the last day of August, and although there are still 21 days of summer left, we know they’re going to fly by. School will start back up again (or has already), the days will get cooler, and soon we’ll be preparing for the holidays. Yeah, they’re coming. Ready or not. So we’re making the most of the season by raising a glass of wine whenever possible. But what to drink?
Aug 31, 2016
Can You Guess the Rosé Everyone Is Drinking?Skills
During these last few weeks of summer, we’re drinking all the rosé we can get our hands on. And our tastes run the gamut from sweet to dry, and ever-so-slightly pink to full-on strawberry-hued. You can find out more about what we’re drinking, but maybe you’re also curious as to what everyone else is sipping. We know we were. That’s why we did some digging to find out the most popular bottle of rosé this summer. Can you guess what it is?
Aug 30, 2016
A Guide to Drinking with Spicy Foods: WineSkills
Let’s be clear about one thing upfront: Any kind of alcohol — be it wine, beer, or spirit — enhances the spiciness of a food. So, if you’re really looking to quell the heat, milk is the answer. If, on the other hand, your goal is to complement the heat and enhance your eating experience, we say absolutely enjoy your favorite takeout Thai curry with a glass of wine.
Aug 23, 2016
4 Real French People Share Their Everyday WinesSkills
There are few things as synonymous with French living as wine, enjoyed as much for everyday moments as for special occasions. And while preferences run deep —as deeply as those for cheese, coffee, and chocolate — you might be surprised by what real people pour on a daily basis. My (French) husband and I always have a bottle of red wine on hand, but our selection isn’t based on oenological expertise or extensive experience traveling through wine regions.
Jul 11, 2016
A Guide to Chilling Your Red WineSkills
There’s no rule that says you can’t drink your red wine chilled to its tannic bones at refrigerator temperature (around 40°F), or that room-temperature red isn’t perfectly fine — even if it is summer and you don’t have AC. That said, there is an ideal temperature to drink your red, and for most that’s cellar temperature, or around 55°F to 60°F. At that temperature, your red will open up to show you its very best self.
Jun 30, 2016
You Have Our Permission to Chill Your Red WineSkills
We love rosé as much as everyone else and yes, it’s probably safe to say that pink is the color of summer wine, but there’s no need to banish red from the summer rotation. Just throw those cold-weather sippers in the fridge and prepare to see a softer side. Yes, you read that right! Despite what often passes for conventional wisdom, enjoying red wine cold is far from blasphemy. In fact, you’re probably drinking your reds too hot.
Jun 30, 2016
10 Perfect Poolside WinesSkills
In putting together this list of perfect poolside wines, we looked for pours that are refreshing and light on their own, but also pair easily with summertime staples like burgers, potato salad, and popsicles. They had to be affordable and uncomplicated — daytime drinking should be fun, not fussy — and they also had to satisfy another requirement.
Jun 24, 2016
3 Reasons Wine Coolers Are Cool AgainSkills
The internet isn’t sure exactly why wine coolers fell from grace. Perhaps White Zinfandel is to blame, or maybe their slide into oblivion was the result of a perfect storm of food trends of the 1990s. Regardless, the beverage favorite of the 1980s is staging a comeback, popping up on cocktail menus, cooking shows, and (let’s be honest) our hearts. Here are three reasons we’re betting this is the summer of the wine cooler.
Jun 21, 2016
4 Strategies For Scoring a Bargain on a Restaurant Wine ListSkills
To say restaurant wine lists are daunting is an understatement. Often they’re as big as phone books and filled with obscure names, confusing italics, and triple-digit price tags. But vodka need not be the answer to quenching thirst and relieving wine list anxiety — even Michelin-starred restaurants have inexpensive gems hidden on their pages, and rigorous sommelier training isn’t needed to uncover them.
Apr 27, 2016
10 Rules of Buying, Storing, and Drinking WineSkills
As much as we like finding out about new wine varietals and off-the-beaten-path biodynamic producers, we often find that wine writing is a bit of a snooze. Which is too bad because we think wine is pretty great. We love a bottle of rosé on a hot summer afternoon (or even in the dead of winter), and we find that steak au poivre just tastes better with a glass of Bordeaux.
Mar 18, 2016
What Is Rosé?Skills
If there’s one thing Americans can agree on, it’s rosé wine. No longer confined to the brief season between Memorial Day and Labor Day, rosé is poised to maintain its lead in the U.S. growth charts, beating out white wine and craft beer with imports booming for the fifth straight year. And not only is there more of the pink stuff, but there’s also more depth than ever before. So it seems like a good time to pause and consider: What exactly is rosé?
Feb 25, 2016
What’s the Difference Between Rice Wine and Rice Vinegar?Skills
Both rice wine and rice vinegar are widely used in Asian cooking, but they’re two very distinct products. Do you know what sets them apart, and when to use each one? While both products are made from fermented rice, the difference is in the manner in which each one is produced, as well as how they’re used. These two can easily be confused, since rice vinegar is sometimes also labeled as rice wine vinegar (which is a vinegar, and not wine).
Feb 24, 2016
Strategies for Finding a Great, Cheap Bottle of Wine for a PotluckSkills
The anything-goes potluck dinner, those democratic shindigs where each guest comes armed with a homemade dish, is great fun to attend. After all, how often does one get to pile a plate high with a mélange of discordant items like vegetable lasagna, quiche Lorraine, and Cajun-spiced chicken fingers? But these convivial smorgasbords are also rife with risk, because what if no one has the good sense to make green beans, and there are three platters of chocolate chip cookies?
Feb 10, 2016
4 Affordable Alternatives to Dom PerignonSkills
Bubbles are basically always appropriate, whether savored as an aperitif before a five-course blowout at a mahogany-walled bistro or at home alongside kung pao chicken takeout. But the effervescent stuff is especially fitting on Valentine’s Day. Really, is there anything like the sound of a cork popping to heighten the holiday’s starry-eyed pursuits?
Feb 4, 2016
Why You Should Be Using Boxed Wine in Your Big-Batch CocktailsSkills
You most likely have a cocktail mixer on hand that you’re not using: I’m talking about boxed wine. We already agree that it is totally deserving of a place in your fridge, but we often overlook its potential as a cocktail mixer — especially for large pitchers and punches. Making your pitcher cocktails with wine will take them to a level beyond the standard booze and juice combination.
Dec 27, 2015
The Best Way to Quickly Chill a Glass of WineSkills
Whether you want to quick-chill a glass of warm white wine or rosé, or keep it chilled as you sip, there’s a simple solution — and it does not involve ice cubes (keep those in the freezer, please). Instead, keep your glass of wine chilled with a few frozen grapes! Not only are frozen grapes a refreshing snack, but they do wonders for chilling otherwise warm drinks.
Aug 28, 2015
Why You Should Give White Zinfandel Another ChanceSkills
Yep, I said it. No other words in the world of domestic wine seem to generate the same intensity of reaction as white zinfandel. Virtually everyone has a strong opinion on this pink wine and, although still one of the most popular wine styles in the U.S., it has become an object of finger-pointing to many wine enthusiasts. Thankfully, a new generation of winemakers is taking a twist on this American classic.
Jul 30, 2015
The Best Wines for Beer DrinkersSkills
We all have those friends who pigeonhole themselves into the beer-drinking category. Maybe they had a bad first wine experience, or perhaps they haven’t even started to explore the world of wine yet. I say, “Why choose sides?” Choosing a wine style similar to the style of beer you enjoy is a good way to make the transition. Finding a good wine match for a beer-lover is all about pairing weight, texture, and notes — like fruit, herbs, and earth.
Jul 2, 2015
Want to Brew Sake? Start HereSkills
We’re about to kick off our Beer School (it starts Monday, and it’s free — want to learn to brew?), but what if you’re a little more interested in wine? Sake is surprisingly easy to brew, and this kit gives you just about everything you need to start a batch.
Apr 28, 2015
Fermentation Was Probably the First Great Moment in Food ScienceSkills
Science and food are natural buddies. Take the discovery of fire for example: it not only makes food super tasty, but cooked food is both safer, and easier to digest. Thanks to advancements in food science, we consume food in a way that would’ve been unheard a mere century or so ago. And modern life is not only made easier by these discoveries, it’s made possible by them.
Apr 13, 2015
9 Things You Should Know About Champagne & Sparkling WineSkills
Thinking of picking up a bottle of bubbly this weekend? Like chocolate, Champagne gets lumped in with the tropes of Valentine’s Day, but hey — I will take any opportunity to drink more Champagne. Just don’t stop after the holiday. Consider Valentine’s Day this year an opportunity to brush up on your knowledge of sparkling wine and Champagne. Do you know what Champagne really is, and how to open a bottle the elegant way?
Feb 13, 2015
Can You Really Revive Flat Champagne with a Raisin?Skills
I love Champagne, yet I’m often hesitant to pop open a bottle at home since it has a shorter shelf life than other wines. The longer it stays open, the fizz that makes this drink so magical starts to fade and eventually goes flat. But maybe that can be remedied. I recently read that a single raisin could have the power to revive a near-flat bottle of Champagne. It sounded almost too good to be true, so I put this tip to the test to find out!
Feb 10, 2015