Can Bats Save Tequila?

Can Bats Save Tequila?

A trip to an American grocery store is rife with existential struggle for conscientious consumers. Do we want conventional, pesticide-spritzed tomatoes grown somewhere far away but temptingly priced $1.99 per pound? Or are we going to shell out $5 for the organic ones from a farm down the road? Drinkers are facing a similar conundrum […]

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Can an Algorithm Decode Your Palate to Find Your Perfect Wine?

Can an Algorithm Decode Your Palate to Find Your Perfect Wine?

The wine market in the U.S. is booming. The days of deciding whether you’d prefer a red or white to accompany your entree are long gone; choices now include rose and orange. (Hello, millennials!) Despite our relatively young wine industry, and cultural conditions like age restrictions, the United States consumes more wine by volume than […]

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Can the Local Wine Shop Survive in the Age of Amazon?

Can the Local Wine Shop Survive in the Age of Amazon?

Two years from now, it will have all seemed inevitable. You will want wine, and instead of going to your local brick-and-mortar store, you will log onto your Amazon Prime account, do a quick search, compare prices, glance at ratings, and order. It will be delivered to your doorstep. For free. Industry observers and consumers […]

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Climate Change Is Putting English Sparkling Wine on the Map

Climate Change Is Putting English Sparkling Wine on the Map

English Sparkling Wine is having a moment. What was once Champagne’s invitation-only pool party, attended exclusively by the world’s most finely honed palates, is now being invaded by cannonballing English sparkling wine producers. This is thanks to a number of fortuitous elements coming together to create a right-time, right-place kind of scenario. First of all, […]

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Craft Brewers Explained to Us Why Water Is Actually Beer’s Most Important Ingredient

Craft Brewers Explained to Us Why Water Is Actually Beer’s Most Important Ingredient

Beer, like our bodies, is mostly water. “Water is the most important ingredient in beer,” says Max Unverferth, one of the three brewers at the mobile beer outfit Nowhere in Particular. In fact, it’s so important, the differences in the water in different locations will affect — sometimes deeply — the taste of the beer. And though […]

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Are Women Better at Tasting Wine Than Men? Science Has the Answer

Are Women Better at Tasting Wine Than Men? Science Has the Answer

There’s a lot of understandable indignation about the lack of women in the wine industry. Whether it’s the wine glass ceiling or just the sexism women in the wine industry regularly field, women still – in 2017 – have roadblocks to making wine their profession. But this isn’t just infuriating – it’s actually ironic. Because […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Africa’s Beer Culture

Everything You Need to Know About Africa’s Beer Culture

Wine, palm oil, cocoa, and coffee are among the agricultural products Americans consume from Africa. But pity the American beer geek and craft brewer bereft of the ancient, heterogeneous, and gloriously innovative source of wisdom and knowledge that has suffused African beer culture for centuries. According to the Western paradigm, the basic building blocks of […]

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Beer, Sex, and Gods: Meet the Deities That Inspired These Brews

Beer, Sex, and Gods: Meet the Deities That Inspired These Brews

It may seem hard to believe, but back in the day, religion, baby making, and booze were a holy triumvirate. It’s tough for our brains to grasp, structured as they are by a Judeo-Christian and then a post-Enlightenment scientific worldview. We’re trained from toddlerhood to compartmentalize the state, religion, and sexual reproduction into silos that are never […]

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