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Eight Cheese Mistakes Everyone Makes

Eight Cheese Mistakes Everyone Makes

Saying “cheese” around adults is kind of like saying “Santa Claus” around children — both represent a wonderful world of surprise and possibility. But, much like childhood devotion to Old Saint Nick, some of the things many of us believe about cheese just aren’t true. Read on for the most common mistakes most people make […]

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All the Ways Wood Affects Your Wine, Explained

All the Ways Wood Affects Your Wine, Explained

Oak is winemakers’ salt. Used correctly, it can increase the intensity and complexity of wine, add attractive flavors, and elongate the finish. When it comes to “seasoning” wine with oak, winemakers have several options — and very different intentions. In white wines, oak can impart notes of vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel; in reds, oak adds […]

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The Differences Between Soju, Shochu, and Sake, Explained

The Differences Between Soju, Shochu, and Sake, Explained

It’s no secret that Asian spirits are on the rise. Soju is the world’s top-selling liquor by volume. Shochu is the most popular spirit in its homeland of Japan, and it’s reportedly making a splash stateside in Highball variations and posh umami cocktails. Meanwhile, sake continues to gain popularity, with U.S. sales increasing annually since the […]

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Getting to Know Cream Ales, the Best Beer You’re Not Drinking

Getting to Know Cream Ales, the Best Beer You’re Not Drinking

Cream ales are one of beer’s biggest misnomers. The name confuses consumers, frustrates bartenders, and occasionally leads to mansplaining. One challenge in defining this style is that different brewers set different rules for cream ales. Historical accounts and modern interpretations vary wildly. Compared to macro lagers, cream ales tend to be a little more bitter.

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What’s the Difference Between Club Soda, Seltzer, and Sparkling Water? (And Tonic, Too)

What’s the Difference Between Club Soda, Seltzer, and Sparkling Water? (And Tonic, Too)

Carbonated water can be confusing. There’s lightly fizzing bitter tonic water, a frequent foil for gin. Sparkling mineral water has subtle flavors that range from salty to metallic. And what about club soda and seltzer water? Aren’t they basically the same thing? Though each of these bubbly beverages appears identical, each contains different flavor profiles […]

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‘Old-Vine’ Zinfandel Is Lying to You

‘Old-Vine’ Zinfandel Is Lying to You

Like Disneyland, Silicon Valley, and traffic on the 405, old-vine Zinfandel is a California institution. For fans of the big and bold wine, those three words not only represent an easy-drinking style of wine, they also celebrate an important part of American winemaking heritage. It might be surprising, then, to learn that labeling a Zinfandel […]

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