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The Ultimate Backyard BBQ Wine Pairing Cheat Sheet

Alia Akkam 6 comments

There is perhaps no wine more emblematic of summer than a chilled rosé, but there are plenty of other bottles, white and red alike, that should be opened with relish as the steak sizzles in the background. More

A Beginner's Guide to Portuguese Wine

Stacey Gibson 2 comments

If you have a favorite go-to wine, whether it's Malbec, Barbera, or Chardonnay, chances are that Portugal has a fresh alternative that might cost even less. More

Ask a Sommelier: Should We Order the Cheapest Wine on Your List?

Maggie Hoffman 2 comments

There's an old saying that warns you never to order the cheapest bottle on a restaurant's wine list. These days, though, wine directors know they're being judged on whatever you end up ordering. So we were curious: how do they choose the cheapest bottle on the list? Does that bottle offer the best value? More

Budget Wine Hall of Fame: 24 Great Bottles for $20 or Less

Maggie Hoffman 26 comments

Wondering how to find the best wine under $20? Here are our tips, plus 24 bottles that we love. More

Ask a Sommelier: The Best Wines to Drink With Sausages

Maggie Hoffman 1 comment

We love smoky rauchbier and fresh IPA with sausage, but there are options for wine drinkers as well, whether you're making classic grilled hot dogs with ketchup and mustard or branching out to bratwurst with sauerkraut or spicy Italian sausage. More

Sommeliers' Favorite Wines Under $20

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 2 comments

There are loads of delicious and affordable wines out there—if you know where to look. We asked our crew of sommeliers from around the country for their favorite bottles under $20. More

Ask a Sommelier: Are Wines By the Glass a Good Deal?

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 5 comments

We asked sommeliers from around the country for their advice: should you order wine by the glass? How are these wines selected and are they a good value or a bad deal? More

A Beginner's Guide to Spanish Wine

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Facing a new section of your local wine store can be daunting. Today, we'll help you get to know some major Spanish wine regions and grapes so you can confidently choose a few bottles to try. More

The Best Wines for Daytime Drinking

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 4 comments

We asked our crew of sommeliers for their favorite picnic wines and their top wine choices for day drinking. More

Ask a Sommelier: Gateway Reds for White Wine Drinkers

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 5 comments

If you usually drink white wine, try these reds. More

Ask a Sommelier: How to Pair Wine With Salads

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 1 comment

When it comes to wine pairing, salads can be tricky: a salad that's dressed with something tart can knock out the flavor of the wine you're trying to enjoy. We asked a few sommeliers from around the country for their tips on the best wines to serve with salads, and all the factors to consider when pairing. More

Ask a Sommelier: What Makes a Great Wine List?

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 1 comment

One of the most important tasks of a wine director is creating and managing a restaurant's wine list. But what sets apart a just-ok list from a great one? How does a wine director go about choosing wines and making a great list? We asked sommeliers from around the country for their thoughts. More

How to Stock Your Wine Cellar

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 5 comments

If you've really gotten into wine and you want to stash some away to drink at its peak in 5 or 10 or even 20 years, what sort of cellar space makes sense? What kinds of wine should you put in there? How many bottles of each? More

Ask a Sommelier: The Best Wine for Thai Food

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 3 comments

If spicy duck larb, papaya salad, pad thai, and green curry are all on the menu tonight, here are some recommended wine pairings from the pros. More

The Best Wines Under $20 According to Wine Bloggers

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 7 comments

12 top wine bloggers share their advice for finding the best wine on a budget. More

A Beginner's Guide to Italian Wine

Drinks Stacey Gibson 9 comments

It's an old saying, but in Italy, what grows together truly goes together. If you love Italian food like I do—the pasta, the prosciutto, the olive oil—exploring Italian wine is a fun next step. Let's start by getting to know a few of the essential grapes. More

The Best and Worst Wines for a Potluck

Drinks Meg Houston Maker 5 comments

I once threw a potluck where five people brought green salad and two brought cookies. Period. Even with the revelers manage to cover the courses, the flavors are a trip around the world: Indian curry, Greek salad, Tex-Mex enchiladas, Swedish meatballs, Mama's Lasagna. The unifying theme, if any, is diversity. So what about that wine? What can you take to a potluck that'll taste good amid the noise of flavors, textures, and styles? More

Ask a Sommelier: Wine Shopping Advice

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 3 comments

This week, we asked our crew of sommeliers for their wine shopping tips. How do you spot a good retailer and what should we be looking for in a wine shop? What should you buy if you're looking to learn about wine? Are there specific brick-and-mortar shops, mailing lists, or online wine-selling sites we should be checking out? More

Get to Know 19 Winery Dogs and Cats

Drinks The Serious Eats Team 7 comments

If you're a dog or a cat, vineyards and wineries are generally good places to be. There are friendly folks stopping by the tasting room, and others wandering through the rows of vines. There are sticks to catch and sometimes tractors to race... More

Ask a Sommelier: Winemakers to Watch

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 2 comments

We asked 17 somms from around the country about the wineries they're most excited about right now—wineries to watch and new bottles to seek out, both in the US and internationally. More

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