For Rocky Yeh, Tales of the Cocktail Is More Than Just a Party

For Rocky Yeh, Tales of the Cocktail Is More Than Just a Party

Pure sensory overload. These are the words that Rocky Yeh, brand ambassador for Cognac house Maison Ferrand, uses to describe the first time he set foot inside the New Orleans festival that is Tales of the Cocktail more than 12 years ago. Everywhere he looked, there were drinks: drinks at the conference’s many informal networking […]

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The Making of a Legend: Wine Prodigy Victoria James Wants to Bring Old-School Hospitality Back to Wine

The Making of a Legend: Wine Prodigy Victoria James Wants to Bring Old-School Hospitality Back to Wine

This article and the Making of a Legend series is brought to you by Légende, the taste of elegance. The word “wunderkind” gets thrown around a lot, but it actually applies in the case of sommelier Victoria James. Already well-versed in wine know-how by her late teens, James dropped out of college in favor of […]

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Behind the Bottle: Vitalie Taittinger Pulls Back the Curtain on Her Family’s Evolving Champagne Empire

Behind the Bottle: Vitalie Taittinger Pulls Back the Curtain on Her Family’s Evolving Champagne Empire

For a nearly 300-year-old enterprise, the Taittinger Champagne house behaves remarkably like a startup. It’s thanks in part to Vitalie Taittinger, the art school-trained daughter of the business’s president, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger. For the past 11 years, Vitalie has helped steer the company toward new and exciting possibilities.

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How Halloween Became One of the Biggest Drinking Holidays of the Year

How Halloween Became One of the Biggest Drinking Holidays of the Year

Sales of adult-sized Halloween costumes are at an all-time high. Theme parks, usually overrun by overstimulated tykes, host a different sort of clientele come October 31: a boozy, over-21 crowd. And liquor companies are taking note. According to the National Retail Federation, a staggering 72 percent of U.S. adults will celebrate this Halloween, compared to […]

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How Japan Became a Whisky Superpower in Record Time

How Japan Became a Whisky Superpower in Record Time

In the center of a tiny town in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost main island, manicured grounds are dotted with what look like squat stone castles. Inside one especially imposing structure, a row of massive copper stills gleam in the sun streaming in from two-story windows. These are not the verdant zen gardens or epic Shinto shrines […]

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