Dinning With Wine

wine-15 7 Steps to Help You Order Wine Like an Expert

How do you feel when you’re handed the wine list at a restaurant? If you’re like most people, you feel uncomfortable. You’ve got this huge listing of largely unrecognizable things in front of you and you’re supposed to make some sort of snap judgment that could cost you real money — and embarrass you with your dining companions, too. But [...]

wine-14 Get More Out of the Wine-Bar Experience

With wine bars seemingly opening on every block, we thought this would be a good time to offer some advice on how to make the most of your wine bar experience. Here are some tips: 1. Make sure the wine bar is really a wine bar. Wine bars are so trendy now that all sorts of places are calling themselves [...]

wine-13 10 Ways to Save Money When Ordering Wine

These days, anyone who goes out to eat — and certainly anyone who orders wine at a restaurant — is looking for value. Here are 10 tips that will help you find value in wine at restaurants. Obviously, there are many exceptions to every one of these suggestions, but if we were going to give some overall advice geared to [...]

wine-12 10 Pointers for Restaurants with Wine Service

There are many little things that restaurants at all levels could do to improve their wine service. To be sure, wine service in restaurants has come a long way in our lifetimes, with many restaurants offering outstanding selections and knowledgeable servers. More of them are making wine a fun and integral part of the dining experience, with cleverly designed wine [...]

Buying Wine

wine-07 Checklist to Help You Shop Smart for Wine

To us, a wine shop is a playground. We stop at almost every one we see and always enjoy strolling along the aisles. It’s fun to see old friends — “Look, they have a Bully Hill” — and even more fun to see labels that are new to [...]

wine-09 Wine Picks for the Starter Collector

To our own surprise, one of the questions we’re asked most often is this: I’d like to start a little collection of moderately priced wine. Can you recommend my first mixed case? We’re surprised because the vast majority of wine in America — estimates range from 70% to [...]

wine-06 10 Ways to Find a Supermarket’s Best Wines

Down the aisle of the supermarket, in a long row, stands a veritable army of wine, bottle after bottle, shoulder to shoulder, stretching from here to there. Yep, it’s pretty daunting. But what if, instead, you saw only 30 bottles — many under $10 — and you could [...]

wine-10 Finding a Customer-Friendly Wine Store

In April 1992, while eating dinner at our favorite Indian restaurant on New York’s Columbus Avenue, we noticed that a wine store had just opened across the street. We pushed our girls over there in their double stroller to have a look-see. They were then 1 and 3 [...]

Wine Tips & Tricks

wine-04 11 Most-Asked Questions About Wine

We realized we have answered thousands of questions from readers, but the same ones keep coming up. Here we offer answers to our 11 most-asked questions, in condensed form. 1. I have this one old [...]

wine-02 How to Remove Wine Labels?

There are a number of reasons people might want to save wine labels—from helping them remember bottles they particularly enjoyed, to using them as decoration on their wine cellar door. Here is some advice and [...]

wine-01 Why Do I Get Headaches From Wine?

Let’s talk headaches and wine. No, not hangovers. If you drink too much and you’re like most people, you will get a headache. And we’re not talking about migraines or cluster headaches, which are sometimes [...]

wine-03 How to Select a Good Wine Glass?

What’s the best glass for wine? The one you’re holding. We’re only half joking. Wine in a plastic cup on vacation always tastes delicious, and the tumblers at our favorite Italian place are just fine [...]