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The 30 Best Tequilas for Every Budget

The 30 Best Tequilas for Every Budget

According to the Distilled Spirits Council, Americans purchased 17.2 million 9-liter cases of tequila in 2017, and exports from Mexico to the U.S. increased nearly 200 percent in the last 10 years. Ultra-high-end brands like Patrón and Casa Noble are leading this growth — some offering bottles priced in the thousands — but there are […]

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The 20 Best Bourbons for Every Budget

The 20 Best Bourbons for Every Budget

In 2017, Kentucky’s bourbon production reached 1.7 million barrels, the highest it’s been since 1972. There are currently more bourbon barrels residing in Kentucky than there are human inhabitants. Of course, even though 95 percent of America’s bourbon production takes place in Kentucky, the oak-aged, distilled-corn spirit can legally be produced anywhere in America. Small-batch […]

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Six of Our Favorite Lambruscos to Drink Right Now

Six of Our Favorite Lambruscos to Drink Right Now

“Good Lambruscos are almost always going to be in the $20 to $30 range,” Keith Beavers, wine professional and VinePair columnist, says as I set up a Lambrusco blind tasting. He’s right. Our panel immediately pans three cloying, $11-ish bottles in rapid succession. Beavers’ wisdom goes against persistent misconceptions about Lambrusco, the sparkling red wine […]

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The Best Champagnes to Buy Right Now (2019)

The Best Champagnes to Buy Right Now (2019)

Splurging on Champagne should be enjoyable, but, with the wine’s premium price tag, things can easily become intimidating. To help make sure your hard-earned money returns the perfect bottle, we’ve compiled a list of the best Champagnes to buy right now. All bubbles were blind-tasted by VinePair staff and a group of trusted industry professionals.

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The 50 Best Beers of 2018

The 50 Best Beers of 2018

This was a bright, bold, hazy year in beer. Throughout 2018, New England-style IPAs (NEIPAs) continued to pour in, reinvigorating craft beer pioneers and the IPA category as a whole. Of course, IPAs are hardly the only brews making news. And so, VinePair’s ranking of the top 50 beers of 2018 includes these alongside many […]

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The Five Best Cocktail Cherries for Your Manhattans and Old Fashioneds, Ranked

The Five Best Cocktail Cherries for Your Manhattans and Old Fashioneds, Ranked

There is no bad time to drink whiskey. Statistically, however, we tend to consume cocktails made with brown spirits more as temperatures cool. According to Google Trends, searches for “Old Fashioned cocktail” and “Manhattan cocktail” soar from November to February annually. In advance of this year’s Old Fashioned and Manhattan season, we tasted an array of […]

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Märzen Madness: Six of the Best Oktoberfest-Style Beers, Ranked

Märzen Madness: Six of the Best Oktoberfest-Style Beers, Ranked

For many of us, autumn means getting equal parts excited and infuriated by pumpkin spice lattes and back-to-school specials. For beer lovers, it means Oktoberfests. Oktoberfestbier, or festbier, is another term for Märzen lager, a German style that was historically brewed in March, to be enjoyed during the fall harvest. The beer style is characteristically […]

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Sugar, Meet Spice: Five of the Best Ginger Beers for Moscow Mules, Ranked

Sugar, Meet Spice: Five of the Best Ginger Beers for Moscow Mules, Ranked

With an array of custom mixers available for home and professional bars, even the simplest cocktails entail choices. The Moscow Mule, created by Smirnoff in 1941, has just three ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, and fresh lime juice. Although vodka is generally perceived as tasteless, we discovered months back that different spirits brands absolutely affect the taste […]

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Mixers Matter: The 5 Best Tonic Waters for Your G&T, Ranked

Mixers Matter: The 5 Best Tonic Waters for Your G&T, Ranked

The Gin & Tonic is a global success story. Old-school but fashionable and infinitely customizable, the cocktail’s popularity continues to soar worldwide, aided by a growing number of artisanal gins and craft tonics. After compiling an extensive list of craft and mass-market tonic waters — seriously, if money can buy it, we tasted it — we set […]

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