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A Sommelier Can’t Change the World. But One Did Change Pittsburgh.

A Sommelier Can’t Change the World. But One Did Change Pittsburgh.

It’s sloppy at some places,” Pittsburgh sommelier John Wabeck says of the wine scene in his adopted hometown. “In the summer, you can still get warm red wine. I’d love to stamp that out.” Known as the Steel City, Pittsburgh is more often associated with Boilermakers — a shot of whiskey and a pint of beer […]

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Back to School: 13 Places to Get a Beer Degree

Back to School: 13 Places to Get a Beer Degree

Making great beer doesn’t always start with a degree in brewing science. Garrett Oliver, the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, was a rock band manager in England before he was putting Brooklyn beer on the global map. Jim Koch got an MBA from Harvard and worked at the prestigious Boston Consulting Group for six years before […]

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Alcohol And Marijuana Are Part Of The Collegiate Experience, So Talk About It

Alcohol And Marijuana Are Part Of The Collegiate Experience, So Talk About It

Undergraduate studies have become a staple in American culture. By junior year in high school, students typically have a college counselor of some sort and/or a roadmap for getting into college. This educational development reflects the increasingly mandatory nature of undergraduate studies. No longer can one easily get a healthy job with just their high […]

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How To Learn About Wine

How To Learn About Wine

I had been studying wine hard for a few months. In fine dining, being a server with only a superficial understanding of the differences between the Rhone Valley and the Loire Valley is pretty nerve-wracking. You’re always eying that sophisticated couple that walks in and sits in your section. Is he wearing a mauve turtleneck? […]

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