Take 3: Meet the Loire Valley Through the Eyes of Those Who Make, Sell, and Serve It

Take 3: Meet the Loire Valley Through the Eyes of Those Who Make, Sell, and Serve It

France’s wide-ranging wines are celebrated across the globe for their timeless elegance and unparalleled sophistication. Yet within this already elevated landscape, some regions are even more heralded than others. Consider the Loire Valley, an illustrious string of appellations with viticultural traditions spanning multiple millennia. As its namesake river flows west across the center of the […]

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Ted Danson Likes His Martinis ‘Filthy’ And Knows What Larry David Is Really Like

Ted Danson Likes His Martinis ‘Filthy’ And Knows What Larry David Is Really Like

In nearly 100 years of television, no actor has been nominated for more Emmy awards than Ted Danson. He is often best remembered for a 20-year-old role: the greatest fictional bartender of all time, Sam Malone on “Cheers.” It’s likely that lasting association that led Smirnoff to tap him for a series of spots pushing […]

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Invite-Only Speakeasies, Master Somms, and Mixologists are Bringing Glam Back to Aviation

Invite-Only Speakeasies, Master Somms, and Mixologists are Bringing Glam Back to Aviation

The mid-20th century is fondly remembered as the ”Golden Age” of aviation. Intrepid travelers took to the sky with a sense of wide wonderment, sporting their Sunday bests — regardless of the day of the week. Even flight attendants were dressed to the nines. Destination be damned, getting there in lavish style was the name […]

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Has ‘Tales of the Cocktail’ Grown Too Big to Matter?

Has ‘Tales of the Cocktail’ Grown Too Big to Matter?

Every July, for 15 years running, the liquor industry convenes in New Orleans at Tales of the Cocktail. The annual confab has grown into the biggest single event in the entire booze business, and now it’s even spilling out into the mainstream. This year, for example, the festivities include performances by Snoop Dogg, members of […]

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Q&A: Talking Wine. All The Time. With Marissa Ross

Q&A: Talking Wine. All The Time. With Marissa Ross

Wine connoisseurs are all too frequently maligned for a certain self-seriousness, fomenting imagery of stodgy aristocrats in three-piece suits with spit buckets at the ready. Marissa A. Ross is here to disavow the world of these obsolete stereotypes. A former comedian and assistant to Mindy Kaling, Ross is now an L.A. based wine writer who […]

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L.A.’s Best Bar is Also L.A.’s Best Kept Secret

L.A.’s Best Bar is Also L.A.’s Best Kept Secret

As the premiere high-end dining destination in Los Angeles, Providence can hardly be considered a hidden gem. Scores of ink have been spilled in praise of chef Michael Cimarusti, along with his dedicated disciples in the kitchen. The wine list is universally lauded. The service: Michelin-caliber. Yet in the front of the house, barman Kim […]

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