Corona Maker Grupo Modelo Suspends Production in Mexico

While American breweries have been classified “essential businesses,” and therefore are allowed to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic, the same is not true in other parts of the world. On Thursday, Grupo Modelo, the Mexican-based parent company of Corona, Modelo, Pacifico, and other brands, announced in a press release that it will suspend beer […]

Australian Shops Limit Alcohol Purchases to Combat Hoarding

Around the world, panicked shoppers have been stocking up on supplies, requiring many stores to start rationing items like toilet paper, face masks, and hand sanitizer. Now, shops in Australia have introduced measures to discourage the hoarding of another essential product: alcohol. According to Reuters, Australian supermarket chains including Coles and Woolworths have agreed to […]

Covid-19 Conversations: Owners of NYC’s Ruffian Wine Bar and Kindred on How the Government Should Help Restaurants

Airing between regular episodes of the VinePair Podcast, “Covid-19 Conversations” takes an inside look at how the coronavirus crisis is impacting all areas of the alcohol business. In this installment of Covid-19 Conversations, VinePair CEO Adam Teeter catches up with Patrick Cournot, Alexis Percival, and Moshe Schulman of Michelin-recommended wine bar Ruffian, and sister restaurant […]

New Data Shows Which Booze People are Adding to Their Takeout Orders

To help boost profits in the face of the coronavirus, bars and restaurants have taken advantage of loosened alcohol laws, and started selling wine, beer, and liquor for off-premise consumption. Now, new data answers the pressing question: what are we all drinking? On Wednesday, analytics firm Nielsen CGA released the second part of its “Covid-19 […]

Why a Pound of Panama Geisha Coffee Sold for $1,029 — and Was Worth It

In May 2019, Lamastus Family Estates crushed the record for highest score in the prestigious Best of Panama (BoP) coffee competition created by the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama. Of a total of 174 coffees submitted to the competition, 78 of which were selected to be evaluated by a panel of international judges, the family’s […]

We Asked 24 Brewers: How Is Your Brewery Finding a Path Forward During Covid-19?

As businesses navigate the unknowns of coronavirus and Covid-19, breweries across the country are finding ways to stay active. For many small breweries, that means transitioning from taproom sales to curbside pickup and delivery services. Production breweries, meanwhile, are leaning deeper into larger packaging formats and retail partner support. Along with staying in business, brewers […]

Covid-19 Conversations: Artisanal Brewing Ventures CMO Derek Detenber on Craft Beer’s Post-Virus Future

Airing between regular episodes of The VinePair Podcast, “Covid-19 Conversations” takes an inside look at how the coronavirus crisis is impacting all areas of the alcohol business. In this installment of Covid-19 Conversations, VinePair CEO Adam Teeter interviews Derek Detenber, chief marketing officer of Artisanal Brewing Ventures (ABV), the umbrella company of popular brands including […]

Domaine de Bernier Chardonnay 2018, Loire Valley, France

Of all the wines produced in France’s vast Loire Valley, Chardonnay is probably the least celebrated. Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Muscadet, Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Pinot Noir have justifiably deserved reputations there. But Chardonnay? It’s a minor player at best. And yet, this is an oversight. There is more-than-decent Loire Valley Chardonnay to […]

Ina Garten is Living Her Best Quarantine Life With This Enormous Cosmo

Everyone has different ways of coping with social distancing — even celebrities. Arnold Schwarzenegger lets his pet pony and donkey wander around his kitchen. January Jones puts a pound of salt in her bathwater. And Ina Garten mixes up enormous cocktails. On Wednesday morning, the host of “The Barefoot Contessa” posted a video on her […]

A Numbers Game: What Homebrewers Should Measure

As homebrewers, replicating a recipe consistently is much more difficult than the recipe for our favorite lasagna. The key to successfully reproducing a beer? Accurate, precise measurements. When you know the exact inputs (ingredients, time, temperature, etc.) that create an output (really excellent homebrew), repeating the process is easy. The thing is, there are so […]

Covid-19 Conversations: Jenny & François Founder Jenny Lefcourt on How to Support Small Wineries

Airing between regular episodes of the VinePair Podcast, Covid-19 Conversations takes an inside look at how the coronavirus crisis is impacting all areas of the alcohol business. In the latest installment of Covid-19 Conversations, VinePair CEO Adam Teeter speaks with Jenny Lefcourt, founder of NYC-based natural wine importer and distributor Jenny & François Selections. In […]

The Story Behind Champagne’s Most Exclusive Label, ‘Special Club’

The Club Trésors de Champagne is one of the wine world’s most prestigious organizations. Hailing from the famed Champagne region in northeast France, the group of just 28 artisan growers — of the appellation’s nearly 5,000 — exists with a mission to showcase the region’s terroir (a word that can be translated, somewhat loosely, as […]

A ‘Shark’ Will Deliver Your Beer from This Virginia Brewery

Due to mandated social distancing, alcohol delivery sales have surged in recent weeks. And while a shipment of beer is always cause for celebration, one Virginia brewery has decided to add a whimsical spin to its orders — delivery via “shark.” On March 24, Ashburn’s Old Ox Brewery announced on Facebook its mission to deliver […]

7 Virtual Happy Hour Activities and Drinking Game Ideas to Fight Isolation

If you live with roommates or family members, call yourself lucky to have a built-in social network during these times of social distancing — and in that case, you can play pretty much any drinking card game. But if you’re living alone, you may be feeling an urgent need to connect with friends and family, […]

Covid-19 Conversations: Drizly CEO Cory Rellas on the Massive Surge in Online Alcohol Sales

Airing between regular episodes of The VinePair Podcast, “Covid-19 Conversations” takes an inside look at how the coronavirus crisis is impacting all areas of the alcohol business. In this installment, Zach Geballe interviews Drizly CEO and co-founder Cory Rellas, whose alcohol delivery app is more popular now than ever before. As social distancing efforts have […]

Ask Adam: How Much Should I Tip on Delivery and Pickup During Coronavirus Quarantining?

If you’ve read my previous columns on tipping, you know I am a huge proponent of taking care of your service staff. And now, it is more important than ever to do so, and to be even more generous than you normally would be. Also, in these tough times, call the restaurant directly to place […]

How Franco’s 40-Year Rule Changed the Course of Spanish Wine and Cheese

In 1936, Francisco Franco was named the “caudillo,” or dictator, of Spain. He gained his position after overthrowing the government during the Spanish Civil War and ruled — many would say ruthlessly — until 1975. Franco’s rule changed the course of Spain in many ways, including the country’s wine and cheese production:  his destruction of […]

How the Netflix Film ‘Uncorked’ Breaks New Ground for Black Wine Drinkers

“Uncorked,” which releases today on Netflix, is a film that represents a cultural shift. Historically, the wine industry has ignored the $1.2 trillion in spending power of black Americans. And while athletes have become trend-setting, bottle-moving oenophiles, Hollywood also has been late to the party. But in a cinematic evolution that touches both realms, here […]

Covid-19 Conversations: Rajat Parr on Winemaking in a Time of Crisis

Around the country, Wineries have been faced with numerous challenges related to Covid-19, including loss of business, the health and wellbeing of their labor force, and disruptions of the supply chain. In this installment of Covid-19 Conversations, Zach talks to sommelier, winemaker, and author Rajat Parr about staying productive in a time of global crisis. […]

1960 Bottle of Karuizawa Whisky Sells for Record-Breaking $437,000

Despite the economic uncertainty in the world, a bottle of one of the world’s oldest and rarest Japanese whiskies sold for a record-breaking price last week. The whisky, a 1960 Karuizawa single malt, was auctioned off by Sotheby’s as part of a “Finest and Rarest” collection on March 18. The final sale price of £363,000 […]

Heroic Dog Provides Curbside Wine Deliveries for a Maryland Winery

Due to social distancing restrictions, wineries and shops around the country have faced the daunting task of shifting their business models to delivery and/or curbside pickup. Luckily for one Maryland winery, help has come in the form of a dedicated delivery dog. When Lori Yata, co-owner of Hagarstown’s Stone House Urban Winery learned that her […]

This Animated Map Shows the Brutal Decline in On-Premise Alcohol Sales by State in the Last 2 Weeks

For weeks, the effects of Covid-19 have wreaked havoc on the drinks business. Now, newly released data from analytics firm Nielsen CGA provides a stark visualization of that impact. As illustrated in the animated map below, from March 10 to March 21, every state in the U.S. saw a precipitous drop in on-premise alcohol sales. […]

8 of the Best Rum Mixers

Few spirits conjure up a sense of place as rum, the sugarcane-based spirit that originated in the Caribbean and has lent itself to all manner of tropical cocktails. But while some tiki drinks can be complex affairs, the natural flavors of rum don’t require a litany of other ingredients to shine. To assemble this roundup, […]

Covid-19 Conversations: Paul Mabray on How Businesses Can Take Care of Their Ecommerce Customers

Due to social distancing and Covid-19-related business closures, the alcohol delivery business is booming. What can wineries learn from this sudden shift in business models, and how can they effectively maintain relationships with their vendors and consumers that will help sustain them during and after the crisis? That’s the subject of the newest installment of […]

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc ‘Private Bin’ 2019, Marlborough, New Zealand

With all that’s going on in the world, who couldn’t use a little taste of summer right about now? It’s what came to mind as I sampled the newly released 2019 “Private Bin” Sauvignon Blanc from Villa Maria in New Zealand’s Marlborough region. Private Bin is the affordable line of Villa Maria, which was established […]

[Fake NewAlert] The Trending Write-up by Bill Gates is Fake

Bill Gates寫的?還是Bill Liu寫的? 左圖:在WhatsApp流傳聲稱是Bill Gates的文章,更加有太陽報加持,令事件更為「真實」。 其實,太陽報已經發現相關的文章不是Bill Gates所寫,並且把文章從網站刪除。請各位不要再傳那個中文翻譯版本了。 還是那一句,任何沒有來源的資訊,請小心處理。 Credits: Kauyim Media, local fact checkers 求驗傳媒 謠言全文 (Scoll down English Version) 比爾蓋茨: 新冠病毒是一次「偉大的糾錯」 今天英國《太陽報》 刊登了比爾蓋茨的公開信,這封信得到極大關注,得到很多人轉發,人們稱贊比爾蓋茨是真正的智者,並有人第一時間就把他的公開信翻譯成中文。下面是比爾蓋茨的信。 我堅信發生的每一件事後面都有一個精神層面的目的,無論我們認為是好還是壞。 當我沈思時,我想與大家分享我的心得,新冠病毒究竟對我們做了些什麼。 1) 病毒提醒我們,人都是平等的,無論我們的文化、宗教、職業、經濟狀況,或是一個人有多麼出名。在病毒眼中我們都是平等的,也許我們也應該平等對待他人。如果你不相信我的話,那就去問湯姆·漢克斯。 2) 病毒提醒我們,我們的命運都是聯在一起的,影響一個人的事情同時也會影響另一個人。病毒也提醒我們,我們建立的虛假國境線毫無價值,因為病毒並不需要護照。病毒還提醒我們,雖然我們暫時受到壓迫,世界上還有人一生都受到壓迫。 3) 病毒提醒我們,健康多麼珍貴。而我們卻忽視健康,吃垃圾食品,喝被各種化學品污染的水,如果我們不照顧自己,我們當然就會生病。 4) 病毒提醒我們,生命苦短,什麼是我們應該做的最重要的事情,特別是那些已經生病的老年人。人生在世的目的不是買一卷卷的廁紙。 5) 病毒提醒我們,我們的社會已經變得物質至上,當我們遇到困難時,我們才想起我們的基本需求是食物、飲水和藥品,而不是並沒有什麼價值的奢侈品。 6) 病毒提醒我們,家庭是何等重要,但我們卻忽視了這一點。病毒強迫我們回到我們的房子里,所以我們可以把房子建成家庭,並建立牢固的家庭紐帶。 7) 病毒提醒我們,我們真正的工作並不是我們打的那份工,我們固然需要打工,然而上帝創造我們的目的並不是讓我們打工。我們真正的工作是互相照顧、互相保護、互助互利。 😎 病毒提醒我們,我們不能妄自尊大。病毒還提醒我們,無論你覺得自己多偉大,也無論別人覺得你多麼偉大,一個小小的病毒就能讓整個世界停擺。 9) 病毒提醒我們,自由掌握在我們自己手中。我們可以選擇合作互助、分享、付出、互相支持,或者我們也可以選擇自私、囤積和自顧自。只有在困難的時候才能看出一個人的真面目。 10) 病毒提醒我們,我們既可以耐心,也可以恐慌。我們既可以理解這種情況在歷史上已經發生過多次,但最後都過去了,我們也可以恐慌,以為世界末日到了,結果傷害了我們自己。 11) 病毒提醒我們,疫情既是結束也是開始。我們現在可以反省和理解,從錯誤里吸取教訓。疫情也可以是一個輪回的開始,而且還會繼續下去,直至我們吸取教訓為止。 12) 病毒提醒我們,我們的地球病了。病毒還提醒我們,我們必須看到森林消失的速度,也必須看到一卷卷廁紙從貨架上消失的速度。我們都病了,因為我們的家庭病了。 13) 病毒提醒我們,困難總會過去,然後就容易了。生活是週期性的,現在只是週期里的一個階段。我們不必恐慌,疫情一定會過去。 14) 許多人認為新冠病毒的疫情是一場災難,但我覺得這是一次「偉大的糾錯」。 Bill […]

British Archaeologists Discover Huge Stash of Victorian-Era Beer

Buried treasure isn’t always the stereotypical chest of gold coins, In the case of a recent British archaeological dig, it turned out to be an enormous stash of beer. Last month, while digging on the site of the former Tetley’s Brewery, in the Northern English city of Leeds, archaeologists from the West Yorkshire Archaeological Services […]

VinePair Podcast: Social Drinking in a World of Social Distancing

In the era of social distancing, many drinkers are leaning into technology to stay connected with friends and loved ones. From virtual happy hours to online wine classes, and teleconferenced game nights to an Instagram Live nightclub, we’re finding new ways to socialize over a glass (or two) with our social circles even when we […]

Aviation Gin to Donate 30% of Proceeds From Online Sales to US Bartenders Guild

On Tuesday, Ryan Reynolds announced on Twitter that his Aviation Gin brand will be donating 30 percent of proceeds from online sales until May 1 to the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG). Bottles must be purchased for delivery from one of Aviation Gin’s national partners in the campaign, which include ReserveBar, Drizly, Wine.com, TotalWine, MiniBar, […]

Diageo to Provide 8 Million Bottles of Hand Sanitizer to Healthcare Workers Worldwide

To help fight the spread of Covid-19, distilleries large and small have committed to shift production from spirits to hand sanitizer in the face of overwhelming global demand. Now, one of the largest alcohol conglomerates in the world is stepping in to do its part. In a Monday press release, Diageo, the London-based parent company […]

Alcohol Delivery Sales Surge Amidst Social Distancing

Americans are spending more time than ever at home right now, with trips outdoors limited to only the absolutely necessary. While alcohol businesses, including wine and liquor stores, wineries, breweries, and distilleries, have been deemed “essential” in states where work restrictions are in effect, U.S. drinkers are increasingly making their alcohol purchases online. Over the […]