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Appellations, Lush Farmland, and Talented Growers. Welcome to the Napa of Weed.

Appellations, Lush Farmland, and Talented Growers. Welcome to the Napa of Weed.

In Mendocino, California, on the same grounds formerly occupied by Fetzer Vineyards, there is now a cannabis retreat institute called Flow Kana. Equipped with a processing plant to show visitors how fresh bud gets cured and ready for sale, as well as onsite workshops, yoga classes, and tours of nearby farms, Flow Kana prides itself […]

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The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2018

The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2018

With skyrocketing sales and tireless marketing, rosé is a 21st-century American success story. Previous generations of star-spangled wine consumers dismissed it as too French, too gendered, or too reminiscent of black-sheep White Zinfandel. Of course that’s all grainy, black-and-white history now. In our rosy-hued present, pink wines have come to symbolize “all that is good about […]

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Rodney Strong’s Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Rodney Strong’s Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

When wineries put the word “reserve” on their labels, it’s meant to signify a more prestigious bottle, a wine with more select grapes, or longer aging, or more limited production, or all these things. In some appellations in some countries — Italy and Spain come to mind — there are strict requirements for use of […]

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Bonterra Rosé 2017

Bonterra Rosé 2017

The 2017 rosés have been trickling in for a few weeks or so, and one of the early standouts is not from Provence or the Rhône Valley in France, two bastions of pink wine, but from California’s Mendocino County — Bonterra’s Rosé 2017. Bonterra, an affiliate of Fetzer, bills itself as “America’s No.

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9 Things You Should Know About Meiomi Wines

9 Things You Should Know About Meiomi Wines

Among a pantheon of seemingly overnight, 21st-century sensations (Cardi B, Instant Pot) lies Meiomi, a 12-year-old California label with $315 million in the bank. Boosted by chart-topping national appetites for Pinot Noir, Meiomi is now a wildly popular label with its fair share of detractors. Love it or hate it, you should know about it. Here […]

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The Role ‘Wild’ Yeasts Play in Terroir Is Finally Being Recast

The Role ‘Wild’ Yeasts Play in Terroir Is Finally Being Recast

With his long hair, Matt Goddard looks a bit like a bass player from a progressive rock band. But he’s a scientist, and his field of interest is microbial ecology. Goddard’s particular interest of late is wine yeasts. He uses modern genetic techniques to answer one of the long-standing controversies in the wine world: Can […]

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Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

These days it is incredibly rare to find a quality Cabernet Sauvignon from California for under 20 bucks, let alone under $15. Thanks to the success of Napa, California has become the land of high-quality, expensive Cabernet. Most great bottles of Napa Cab cost an average of $50, and anything under $20 is usually not […]

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This Ancient South Pacific Sipper Is Officially Trending

This Ancient South Pacific Sipper Is Officially Trending

In one of Brooklyn’s coolest neighborhoods, free-spirited locals sip on a beverage they say helps them relax, unwind, and socialize. At a similar bar in Berkeley, Cal., students imbibe during a mid-afternoon study session, taking gulps from coconut shells and chasing it with bites from a juicy tangerine. What they’re drinking is called kava. It’s […]

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Superfood Cocktails Is the Healthyish Drink Trend We Need

Superfood Cocktails Is the Healthyish Drink Trend We Need

Looking for a healthier happy hour? Cue superfoods. Turmeric, matcha, and the like are popping up in everything these days — including your cocktail. “People are generally more health-conscious these days,” Jason J. Mendenhall, owner and operator of such NYC bars as The Wild Son, The Lost Lady, and The Wayland, says. “Being able to […]

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