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“The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.” ― Benjamin Franklin, circa 1700s

Drunk In Love: Four Sommelier-Approved Wedding Wine Hacks, Plus 20 Affordable Bottles

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From look books to cake tastings, planning a wedding ain’t easy. The devil really is in the details — all 20,000 of them. Food and drink is one of the most memorable aspects of the big day, but wading through catering menus in search of drink options that demonstrate your “unique couple style” is daunting. […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Cortese From Italy

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One of northern Italy’s finest white grape varieties, Cortese is better known by the name of its most famous region: Gavi, also known as Cortese di Gavi. With a history that dates to the early 17th century, the grape is also found in other nearby southern Piedmontese regions as well as in the vineyards of […]

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Hop Take: Craft Beer Sues Big Beer, Craft Wine Wants in on the Drama

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This week saw another ripple in the Big Beer versus Independent Beer debate. On Monday, Stone Brewing released an announcement and video detailing a lawsuit Stone filed against MillerCoors regarding its Keystone brand. According to Stone, MillerCoors co-opted the Stone Brewing brand by rolling out a recent rebranding of Keystone in which the industrial light […]

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How to Decode Red and White Rhone Blends

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Washington, Paso Robles, South Australia — despite having varying locations and topography, these New World wine regions all have something in common. All are billing themselves as the next big region to produce world-class Rhône blends. Now, at first glance, this might seem a bit confusing. The Rhône Valley is an actual place, located along a river […]

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The Secret to Pairing Sweet Wine With Savory Food

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Is any wine descriptor more taboo than the term “sweet”? Despite the fact that we guzzle soda and will spend $15 for a milkshake with an actual slice of cake in it, Americans stave off sweet wines like they’re the devil. But if there’s any occasion to drink sweet wines, some of which are among the […]

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We Blind-Tasted Biodynamic Wines According to the Lunar Cycle. Here’s What Happened.

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The Gwyneth Paltrow effect is real. Americans are paying more attention than ever to organic and biodynamic products. More than 80 percent of us buy organic products for our households, and the organic wine market is predicted to grow by nearly 10 percent annually through 2021. Biodynamics, a moon-centric science whose adherents coordinate agricultural efforts with the lunar […]

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Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rosé

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I’ve been a fan of Schramsberg and its sparkling wines for the 15 years or so I’ve been reviewing wine, and my recent tasting of the famed California winery’s Mirabelle Brut Rosé reminded me of why. I can’t think of another American sparkling wine house that delivers with the same quality and consistency.

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Is Premium Economy Worth It for the Drinks? (LOL, Not On United)

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Winter travel season is upon us. As seats in economy cabins continue to shrink, many airlines have introduced a new category, premium economy, to domestic and international routes. Premium economy fares are about 15 to 20 percent more expensive than basic economy, but they also offer extra legroom, free drinks — and the perks don’t […]

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Hinoki & the Bird’s Gregory Westcott Went to Chili’s on His 21st Birthday

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Famous, good-looking, and famously good-looking folks fill the sunlit dining room and patio of Hinoki & the Bird, a breezily chic bar and restaurant in Los Angeles’s Century City. Chef Brandon Kida’s Asian-inspired, globetrotting menu is (rightfully) equally renowned, with Santa Barbara spot prawns and a legacy lobster roll with Thai green curry at mealtimes, and […]

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Twelve Bottles That Prove New Zealand Is More Than Sauvignon Blanc

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Love it, hate it, or love to hate it, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a powerful thing. The grape occupies two-thirds of the country’s vineyards, accounting for a whopping 86 percent of its wine exports. And as a New Zealand national, no wine has ever invoked the feeling of home for me quite like a grassy, […]

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