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The Ultimate Guide to Barcelona, Spain, and Catalonia Wine Country

The Ultimate Guide to Barcelona, Spain, and Catalonia Wine Country

Barcelona seems familiar, even to those of us who’ve never been. Everyone has a friend — some of us are that friend — who visited once, as a Eurail Pass-toting undergrad, and still raves about it. They slur the “c” in the city’s name whenever possible, trilling Bahthhhelona with gusto. But Barcelona is much more […]

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Wine Harvest 2018 Report: From Hailstorms to a ‘Once In a Lifetime’ Haul

Wine Harvest 2018 Report: From Hailstorms to a ‘Once In a Lifetime’ Haul

Last October, reports of global wine shortages and looming price hikes surfaced after a notably difficult growing season. The production decline affected nearly every region worldwide, though Europe was hit particularly badly, experiencing its worst grape harvest in over 30 years. This year’s harvest is now all but complete in the Northern Hemisphere, and the […]

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A Czech Distiller Is Resurrecting Pre-Ban Absinthe, Returning the Green Fairy to Rightful Glory

A Czech Distiller Is Resurrecting Pre-Ban Absinthe, Returning the Green Fairy to Rightful Glory

Pre-ban absinthe — made before the spirit was outlawed in the U.S. and most of Europe around 1914 — is one of the rarest drinks on earth. Although the last bottles of it were produced just before World War I, it’s not completely uncommon to hear about serious collectors owning rare absinthe bottles dating back […]

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The Underground Wine Shop That Saved a Hotel From Two World Wars

The Underground Wine Shop That Saved a Hotel From Two World Wars

When you pass through the harried restaurant kitchen of Switzerland’s Grand Hotel Kronenhof, the floor changes quickly. White, industrial tile suddenly morphs into small black cobblestones, and then you’re suddenly faced with a rickety descending staircase made of oak. Follow it, and you’re in the wine cellar of the renowned Swiss hotel. This is no […]

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A Beautifully Buzzed Guide to Copenhagen’s Cutting-Edge Coffee Scene

A Beautifully Buzzed Guide to Copenhagen’s Cutting-Edge Coffee Scene

Street style, bicycles, design, and happiness metrics are not the only things Denmark is crushing. The Nordic nation is home to a killer coffee culture, too. In Copenhagen, a young but passionate coffee community rivals that of New York or London. As little as 15 years ago, the coffee scene in Copenhagen was relatively small. […]

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You Can Find Some of the Best Sparkling Wines You’ve Never Tasted in Slovenia

You Can Find Some of the Best Sparkling Wines You’ve Never Tasted in Slovenia

There is no Michelin-starred restaurant or sommelier dressed in stiff white garb when you arrive at Istenič winery in Bizeljsko, Slovenia. The modest building near the Croatian border is surrounded by hillocks with terraced vineyards, and looks nothing like the ritzy wineries you might see in Australia’s Yarra Valley or the Cape Winelands in South […]

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There’s a Czech Beer Brewers Are Obsessed With, And It’s Not Pilsner

There’s a Czech Beer Brewers Are Obsessed With, And It’s Not Pilsner

Pilsners dominate Americans’ perceptions of Czech beer, but the Central European country has a dark, beery secret. The second most popular brew in the Czech Republic is near-black tmavé pivo, or “dark beer,” a brewing style that actually predates pilsner — and upstages it in some Czech taverns. At Prague’s oldest brewery, U Fleků, founded in […]

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‘Speakeasy’ Bars Are Killing It in Countries That Never Had Prohibition

‘Speakeasy’ Bars Are Killing It in Countries That Never Had Prohibition

The Butcher, a bustling joint at the Albert Cuyp street market in Amsterdam’s De Pijp, is packed in evenings with locals biting into babaganoush burgers. A select few walk straight past the parade of prime Aberdeen Angus beef to TBA, a speakeasy accessed by a daily-changing password.

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What’s The Difference Between Pilsner And Lager?

What’s The Difference Between Pilsner And Lager?

The best thing about a lager: it’s very simple. OK, actually the best thing about a lager is that you can shout the word in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice and not seem ridiculous. “Laaaaggggah! Get to the choppa!” But when you want to drink, Predator quotes are generally meaningless. Actually, we hope to god they’re […]

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