Courtney Schiessl

Should You Cook With Expensive Wine?

Should You Cook With Expensive Wine?

When it comes to cooking with wine, conventional wisdom suggests a tried and true rule: one for the dish, two for the chef. But the truisms don’t end there, and some of them are downright contradictory. We’ve all heard that you should never cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink (thank you, Ina Garten!), but then, who wants to […]

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This Is How You Can Learn To Love Grappa

This Is How You Can Learn To Love Grappa

Annacarla Berta’s first taste of grappa came right around the time that most of us would be learning to form full sentences. While spending time with her father Gianfranco in their family’s Piedmontese distillery, the then-three-year-old stuck her finger in a recently distilled batch of grappa upon her father’s insistence. Her first impression? “I don’t […]

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Why Are These Wine Producers Aging Their Bottles Under The Sea?

Why Are These Wine Producers Aging Their Bottles Under The Sea?

In a time when more wines are available to consumers than ever before, not only are sommeliers constantly looking for new and interesting bottles, but winemakers themselves are looking for innovative, unique ways of making wine. When it comes to aging, producers are experimenting with types of oak, concrete vessel shapes, amphorae, solera systems, sur […]

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