Slideshow: Top 10 Wine Posts of 2011

10. We Tried Every Trader Joe's Private Label Coastal Wine
10. We Tried Every Trader Joe's Private Label Coastal Wine
Trader Joe's house brand Coastal series runs about $5 a bottle, and includes Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. We tasted them all to figure out which are worth buying in bulk. Read the full post »
9. Our Search for the Best Riesling
9. Our Search for the Best Riesling
Here's a handy guide to the best riesling under $10, $15, and $20, plus favorites for drinking with Thai food, fried chicken, butternut squash ravioli and more. Read the full post »
8. Pinot Noir and The Sideways Effect
8. Pinot Noir and The Sideways Effect
That movie really did ruin things for pinot noir lovers for awhile, didn't it? But it also taught us a bit about the many things that can affect drinking (and eating) trends. In this edition of the Amateur Wine Taste-Along, we chatted about Sideways and also tasted a bunch of pinot noir from around the world. Read the full post »
6. Wine Pairing: What to Drink with Pizza
6. Wine Pairing: What to Drink with Pizza
If you're choosing wine to go with your pizza, you should consider a few factors first: namely, sauce, toppings, and cheese. With these details in mind, you can pick a delicious wine to fill your glass. Read the full post »

Prefer to crack open a beer with your pie? Here are our pizza and beer pairing tips.

5. How To Send Wine Back Without Looking Like A Jerk
5. How To Send Wine Back Without Looking Like A Jerk
In this video, Patrick Cappiello, the wine director at GILT restaurant in NYC, discusses how to tell if there's something wrong with your wine, and ways to send it back without looking like a jerk. Read the full post »
4. Do You Use Fancy Wine Glasses?
4. Do You Use Fancy Wine Glasses?
We tried these elegant Riedel Vitis glasses against our standard dishwasher-safe glassware, and loved using the fancy ones...until it was time to clean up. Read the full post »
2. The Best Two Buck Chuck (and What To Do With It)
2. The Best Two Buck Chuck (and What To Do With It)
Ok, Charles Shaw costs more than two bucks where we live, but we could still spring for the whole range for one fun afternoon at the Serious Eats office. Which is the best Two Buck Chuck? Which should just be poured down the drain? What can you do to make bottom shelf wine taste better? Read the full post »
1. The Serious Eats Guide to the Best Boxed Wine
1. The Serious Eats Guide to the Best Boxed Wine
Forget the old stereotypes; plenty of good wine comes in boxes now, and we love this trend. The packaging keeps wine safe from oxygen, so you can have an easy half-glass (or 3) over the course of six weeks, without the wine turning gross. Here are a few of our picks for best boxed wines in red, white, and rosé. Read the full post »