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.
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.
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’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).
Sep 13, 2022
Discovering Vegan Wine: What! Isn’t All Wine Vegan?Skills
As it is Vegan Week at The Kitchn, I thought we would look at vegan wines. What is a vegan wine? Are all wines vegan — or not? If not why not? And how can I find vegan-friendly wines? This guide helps you tell whether a wine is a vegan or not, and what goes behind the winemaking process. As we all know wine is made from grapes. Essentially wine is fermented grape juice as discussed in my post last year on winemaking.
Sep 3, 2022
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
Wine Etiquette: Returning Bad WineSkills
In Kathryn’s post last week on corked wine, she advised returning it to the store or refusing it at a restaurant.The wine savvy among us might have no problem with this. But for those of us who feel timid at the prospect of returning an opened bottle of wine, here are a few notes on etiquette.First of all, don’t return wine just because you don’t like the way it tastes or because it’s not as good as you were led to believe.
May 13, 2022
Kir and Kir Royale: Two Iconic French Wine CocktailsSkills
Cocktail WeekKirKir Royale I was introduced to Kir many years ago while living in France. Every Sunday, before a fabulously long lunch, friends, family and neighbors would gather for the apéritif’ hour to chat, laugh, comment on the state of the nation and nibble on a wide selection of savory, salty snacks. Typically, Kir was the drink of choice and on special occasions Kir Royale. Kir originated in Burgundy, France.
Mar 9, 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
Cooking By Feel: Does It Matter if You Use Red or White Wine for Cooking?Skills
Some recipes get pretty specific about the kind of wine they want you to use: an oaky chardonnay in this reduction sauce, a hearty Italian red for that braise. But does it really matter?We say, go for it. Switch it up! Experiment with flavors! Try something new! All wines will chemically behave in the same way, so there’s no danger that a recipe won’t work if you use a white instead of a red or vice versa.
Dec 31, 2020
The Truth About Sulfites in Wine & the Myths of Red Wine HeadachesSkills
A master sommelier dispels common myths around sulfites, including red wine headaches.
Jul 9, 2020
The 5 Best Red Wines for SangriaSkills
Most recipes just call for "dry red wine" — we're taking the guesswork away.
Jun 4, 2020
Out of Broth? Here’s What to Use Instead.Skills
Your beer and wine stash is key.
Apr 30, 2020
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?
Dec 17, 2019
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.
Dec 17, 2019
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.
Dec 17, 2019
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.
Dec 17, 2019
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?
Dec 17, 2019
Why It’s OK to Judge a Wine Bottle by Its LabelSkills
Dec 17, 2019
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 12, 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
Can You Really Open a Wine Bottle with a Shoe?Skills
At some point you’ve probably seen a video of someone opening a wine bottle with a shoe. Tap tap tap and the cork pops up, ready to be pulled out by hand. But is it really so easy? NPR recently gave the technique a try and found it really difficult — what’s the deal? I had to try this party trick for myself to find out if it’s worth attempting should I ever find myself with a bottle of wine to open and no corkscrew.
Jul 22, 2019
How To Open a Bottle of Wine Using a Wine Key CorkscrewSkills
It seems elementary: buy wine, pull out cork. But somewhere in the middle there, things can get a little…dicey. Especially if you find yourself in a rental cabin or on a picnic without the luxury of a fancy, state-of-the-art corkscrew. A wine key corkscrew is the simplest and most basic way to open a bottle of wine — and I would argue, the most elegant. It is, after all, what waiters and sommeliers use! A few firm twists, a flick of the wrist and Pop! Out comes the cork.
Jun 8, 2019
Decanting Wine: When and Why to Decant WineSkills
Do you have a wine decanter and how often do you use it? Do you believe that decanting wine makes a difference? Why are some wines decanted and others not?Personally I love wine decanters and over the years have amassed quite a few. My collection includes one or two special ones that were wedding gifts, but for the most part my collection comprises simple, inexpensive, everyday decanters. I keep one permanently on the kitchen counter, so that it is always readily on hand.What is decanting?
Jun 5, 2019
Why Sherry Is So ExtraordinarySkills
Sherry wines are really quite extraordinary. They are diverse, delicious and incredibly versatile. They are also some of the most under-appreciated and undervalued wines in the world.So many people tell me they dislike sherry. When questioned further, this is usually a result of a bad experience with an out-of-condition, poorly stored sherry. Also, some people think that sherry is old-fashioned – their grandmother’s tipple! Well, let me try dispelling the myth.
Jun 4, 2019
From Ground to Grape: How Pinot Noir is Grown and Harvested in OregonSkills
Who: Jay McDonald of EIEIO & Co. Winery What: Small production boutique winery Where: Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon One of the most rewarding experiences you can have is the understanding and the following amazement of truly discovering where your favorite things come from. These answers are sometimes shocking and, at times, much more complex than you had initially imagined.
May 30, 2019
From Grape to Bottle: How Pinot Noir Wine Is Made In OregonSkills
Who: Jay McDonald of EIEIO & Co. Winery What: Small production boutique winery Where: Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon As an intern with EIEIO & Co. Winery this past harvest, I experienced the frenetic energy and controlled chaos that is associated with small-production winemaking. Winemaker and owner Jay McDonald, along with only three assistants, amazingly cranks out the 1,500 cases that represent EIEIO’s yearly production.
May 30, 2019
How To Read a French Wine LabelSkills
You’re strolling through your favorite wine shop, comfortably perusing the domestic section. You turn the corner, and the French wine aisle presents itself. Intrigued, you venture in, where a bottle catches your eye. Frustrated by the foreign language and deterred by no mention of anything you recognize (Cabernet? Merlot? Hello?) your insecurity quickly leads you back to familiar territory. Does this situation sound familiar?
May 24, 2019
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.
May 24, 2019
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.
May 24, 2019
How To Chill Drinks Fast (& Keep Them Cold) This WeekendSkills
Keep these easy hacks in mind all summer long.
May 20, 2019
How To Choose Good Cheap Wine from the Big Brands: Pinot GrigioSkills
Pinot Grigio wines have experienced unprecedented growth in the United States over the past 20 years. After Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio is the second most popular white wine. Unfortunately, some wine snobs tend to dismiss Pinot Grigio as boring and at best innocuous. But, as the expression goes, “don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” Pinot Grigio does not deserve all the bad press it gets.
May 3, 2019
How To Chill Wine Quickly with SaltSkills
Tracy Kellner from Provenance Food and Wine in Chicago shared this tip with us a while ago, and we’ve sworn by it ever since.Here it is: Place a bottle of wine in an ice bucket or anything tall and wide enough to hold the bottle and some ice. Fill the bucket with ice and add a generous handful of salt. Give the bottle a twist to distribute the salt, and leave it to chill for a few minutes. It will be ice cold in no time.
May 2, 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
Wine Word: TanninSkills
I am sure most of you have heard someone describe a wine as tannic. What exactly does this mean? What does tannin feel and taste like? Well, if you have ever had a cup of very strong black tea then you have definitely tasted tannin. Tannin in wine is a textural sensation. Something we feel rather than taste. Tannin gives a wine form and grip. It is a structural element that helps frame a wine. All grapes contain tannin. Some have more and some have less.
May 2, 2019
Asian Flush: Why I Turn Red When I Drink AlcoholSkills
Growing up, I would always laugh at my dad after he drank a beer or a glass of wine. He is Thai-Chinese and even one drink makes his face turn bright red. “You’re red!” I’d say, pointing and laughing. It never stopped being funny.Until the first time I drank alcohol. My face turned beet-red and felt feverishly hot. It wasn’t funny at all.
May 2, 2019
Wine Words: Frizzante and SpumanteSkills
Frizzante and Spumante are two wine words most associated with Italian sparkling wine. Do you know what the difference is between these two words? Both frizzante and spumante describe the level of effervescence (i.e. the strength of the bubbles) in a bottle of sparkling wine. Wines labeled ‘frizzante’ are what we call gently sparkling, while wines labeled ‘spumante’ are more effervescent and fully sparkling. Frizzante wines have between 2.5 and 3.
May 2, 2019
Wine Words: Green HarvestingSkills
“Green harvesting” is a viticultural wine phrase. Do you know what it refers to? Green harvesting is the harvesting or dropping of unripe (aka green) green clusters of grapes from the vine. It is a form of crop thinning to help manage yield and to enable the remaining grape clusters to fully ripen according to the winemaker’s aims. Green harvesting is typically done around veraison.
May 2, 2019
Wine Words: DOC or DOCG — Do You Know the Difference?Skills
DOC and DOCG are letters that you see on bottles of Italian wine. Do you know what these letters stand for? And what is the difference between the two? DOCG and DOC are both quality classifications. Under Italian wine law DOCG is the highest designation of quality among Italian wines. DOCG stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin, DOCG). DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata (Denomination of Controlled Origin).
May 2, 2019
The Lightweight’s Guide to Drinking at Summer WeddingsSkills
Summer wedding season is here! It’s time to don your most festive duds, celebrate with friends and loved ones, and hopefully, come out on the other side without having made a drunken spectacle of yourself. It’s far too easy to overdo it at the open bar without a game plan, so I’ve come up with a strategy that helps me avoid ending up under the table. Here are some ground rules for the bar, and five low-alcohol sips to see you through.
May 2, 2019
6 Tips for Hosting a Wine Tasting PartySkills
One of the pivotal moments when wine finally began to make sense to me was the first time I tasted an array of wines alongside each other. This situation provides a perspective that is extremely difficult to achieve if you only ever taste one wine at a time. But when was the last time you opened five bottles of wine for yourself? What is the solution to this quandary? Grab a few bottles and invite some friends over!
May 1, 2019
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.
May 1, 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
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.
May 1, 2019
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.
May 1, 2019
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.
May 1, 2019
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.
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
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.
May 1, 2019
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 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.
Apr 30, 2019
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
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
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 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