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Bubbly, Bone-Dry Brut IPAs Are Suddenly All Anyone Can Talk About

Bubbly, Bone-Dry Brut IPAs Are Suddenly All Anyone Can Talk About

“There’s no mistaking that we are living in the heyday of IPA,” Dick Cantwell, brewer and author of ”Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale,” says. He’s absolutely correct. The Brewers Association ranks IPAs just behind American lagers and light lagers in nationwide popularity. Beer styles within the category span all-out hop […]

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Fifth-Generation California Vintner Joel Gott Could Really Go for a Mezcal

Fifth-Generation California Vintner Joel Gott Could Really Go for a Mezcal

Joel Gott wasn’t born a winemaker, of course. But it sometimes seems that way. Born in Napa Valley, he released his first vintage over 20 years ago, and the roots of his winemaking heritage stretch deeper still. Gott is a fifth-generation California vintner. His 1997 Amador County Zinfandel earned the label widespread acclaim, and he hasn’t […]

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You Don’t Really Know What’s in Your Wine. These Winemakers Want to Change That.

You Don’t Really Know What’s in Your Wine. These Winemakers Want to Change That.

Most of us have a pretty good idea of how we’re supposed to be eating — less sugar, more fiber, more good fats. Shop local, pay attention to labels, blah blah blah. We know the drill. If you try to hold your wine to a similar standard of transparency, however, you’ll end up frustrated. There’s […]

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Now’s the Time to Plan Your Craft Beer Pilgrimage to Napa and Sonoma

Now’s the Time to Plan Your Craft Beer Pilgrimage to Napa and Sonoma

I was into my third 10-ounce glass of Pliny the Younger when I noticed the line snaking outside Russian River Brewing’s taproom in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif. “Five hours,” a bouncer told me. That was the estimated wait time to enter the hallowed halls of Sonoma County’s most revered brewery. Beer pilgrims hailing from 40 […]

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To Capture the Terroir of San Francisco, One Distiller Is Making Vodka With Fog

To Capture the Terroir of San Francisco, One Distiller Is Making Vodka With Fog

Laboratory analyses can’t identify anything special about the water Hangar One Vodka Distillery collects from Bay Area fog to produce its limited edition Fog Point Vodka. But head distiller Caley Shoemaker can. She says it’s the taste of San Francisco. At the height of summer, when inland temperatures soar above 90 degrees, San Francisco is […]

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