Cursed by Cuteness: Champagne Splits Are Easy to Love, but Hard to Embrace

Cursed by Cuteness: Champagne Splits Are Easy to Love, but Hard to Embrace

“Everyone wants to talk about the big Ford truck,” Derrick Westbrook says. “No one wants to hear about your tiny hybrid.” Westbrook, a Chicago-based sommelier, is explaining why single-serve sparkling wine bottles don’t generate as much industry cred as magnums and other large-format vessels.

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The Nazi-Defying History of the Kir Royale Cocktail

The Nazi-Defying History of the Kir Royale Cocktail

During World War II, as Americans were planting backyard victory gardens, residents of Burgundy, France responded to wartime privation in the most French way imaginable: They created an elegant cocktail out of Nazi-resistant wine. The Kir cocktail is made with one part crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and four parts dry white wine.

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Best Practices: Mimosas Deserve to Be Better Than ‘Bottomless’

Best Practices: Mimosas Deserve to Be Better Than ‘Bottomless’

When made properly, Mimosas are a low-proof crowd-pleaser. Orange juice and sparkling wine come together in a seemingly foolproof formula that transforms eggs and toast into something celebratory. Unfortunately, like brunch, the meal they typically accompany, Mimosas can fall victim to their own popularity. They are too frequently made sloppily in massive quantities, overpowered by […]

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The Instant Pot Mulled Wine Recipe Your Winter Deserves

The Instant Pot Mulled Wine Recipe Your Winter Deserves

It does and does not make sense to use an Instant Pot for mulled wine. On the one hand, pressure cooking is incredibly efficient. With an Instant Pot, you can transform unremarkable supermarket wine into festive gluhwein in five-ish minutes. This is a great party trick! Besides, when patience and temperatures are plummeting, every minute […]

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Love Cork Screw’s Chrishon Lampley Would Spend Her Life With a Crisp, Dry Cabernet

Love Cork Screw’s Chrishon Lampley Would Spend Her Life With a Crisp, Dry Cabernet

Like all truly successful entrepreneurs, Chrishon Lampley is a pragmatic visionary. The Chicago-based négociant has sold more than 50,000 wines since debuting her label, Love Cork Screw, in 2013. “Growth has been unbelievable,” she told the Chicago Tribune earlier this year. “I have outsold the vineyards I work with to produce my wine.” Lampley believes in […]

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Best Practices: Bloody Marys Require Restraint

Best Practices: Bloody Marys Require Restraint

”The Bloody Mary is the most inconsistently made cocktail,” Alejandro Javier Lopez, founder and president of Toma Craft Cocktail Mixers, says. While classics like the Old Fashioned have prescribed processes, Bloody Marys are a moving target. Order one at a bar or restaurant, and it might be served with a celery stick, pickled shrimp, or skewered […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Barcelona, Spain, and Catalonia Wine Country

The Ultimate Guide to Barcelona, Spain, and Catalonia Wine Country

Barcelona seems familiar, even to those of us who’ve never been. Everyone has a friend — some of us are that friend — who visited once, as a Eurail Pass-toting undergrad, and still raves about it. They slur the “c” in the city’s name whenever possible, trilling Bahthhhelona with gusto. But Barcelona is much more […]

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