6 Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Books to Put in Your Beach Bag This Summer

6 Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Books to Put in Your Beach Bag This Summer

Summer is here, and with longer days and poolside lounging comes the need for a good book. This is not, however, the time for challengingly cerebral volumes like Jancis Robinson’s  (excellent) ”Wine Grapes.” Nor is it the time for dense histories on the origin of corn whiskey. The best summer reads bring the season’s easy-breezy […]

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10 of the Best Supermarket Wines Under $30 (2018)

10 of the Best Supermarket Wines Under $30 (2018)

As summer approaches, the only thing better than long weekends is having a slew of back-pocket bottles for impromptu getaways — or Tuesday nights on the patio. Fortunately, for those with ample enthusiasm but limited time or budgets, supermarket wine sections have never been better. We’re not just talking about fancy boutique grocers, either.

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These South American Pinot Noirs Have Sonoma-Style Complexity at Half the Price

These South American Pinot Noirs Have Sonoma-Style Complexity at Half the Price

With a global footprint that stretches from Burgundy to New Zealand, Pinot Noir is among the world’s most prized grape varieties. Despite the variety’s notoriously finicky reputation, winemakers are expanding their Pinot Noir plantings, bringing light reds to more tables worldwide. Historically, France, California, and Oregon tended to dominate conversations about Pinot Noir, while South […]

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Napa’s Other Cab Serves Up Understated Power at a Fraction of the Price

Napa’s Other Cab Serves Up Understated Power at a Fraction of the Price

The sky is a murky navy, outlined only by the jagged edges of California’s Mayacama and Vaca Mountains, as I head out to Stagecoach Vineyard on a chilly morning. There’s a surprising amount of traffic on Highway 29 at 5:00 a.m., which means one thing: It’s harvest. On the valley floor lies a sleeping giant […]

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The Rise of Canned Wine, Beer, and Cocktails Is Bigger Than Any Tariff

The Rise of Canned Wine, Beer, and Cocktails Is Bigger Than Any Tariff

Showing up at a party with a six-pack of beer almost always guarantees a warm welcome. That’s not going to change any time soon. What is changing is the world around (and inside) aluminum cans. A post-World-War-II-era convenience, aluminum cans are now being used to hold everything from cocktails to craft beer and even wine. […]

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Think Pink: The 10 Best Rosés for Sangria

Think Pink: The 10 Best Rosés for Sangria

Whether you’ve adopted “rosé all day” as your life’s mantra, or just want to invoke tropical temperatures, rosy-hued sangrias are an excellent spin on the Spanish classic. Because sangria combines intensely flavorful elements, the best rosés for the job have serious body and flavor to match. That means ballet-slipper pink bottles from Provence are out, […]

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

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

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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Crunching the Numbers on ‘Diet’ Wine, The Innovation No One Needs

Crunching the Numbers on ‘Diet’ Wine, The Innovation No One Needs

As 2018 marches on, resolutions wane. Our annual self-improvement schemes, proclaimed just weeks prior, fall by the wayside — and under the microscope. Dry January survivors question its value. Dieters squint at scales. Earlier this week, one Whole30 adherent divulged that her temporary cleanse left her lactose intolerant. For those of us hoping to drop […]

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We Threw a Dinner Party With Blue Apron Meal Kits and Wines. Here’s What Happened.

We Threw a Dinner Party With Blue Apron Meal Kits and Wines. Here’s What Happened.

If you have participated in any form of social media in the past three years, then you know the meal kit delivery trend isn’t just happening — it’s taking over. A few clicks and a credit card are all you need to get anything from lasagne Bolognese to vegan cupcake ingredients delivered to your door. […]

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