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Style Guide: The World’s Best Places for Growing Riesling

Style Guide: The World’s Best Places for Growing Riesling

There’s an interesting dichotomy when it comes to German Riesling. In the 1980s, the once-fashionable wine fell out of favor with international consumers after well-known producers started over-cultivating vineyards and over-seasoning wines with residual sugar. It wasn’t long before the off-dry style became synonymous with poor-quality plonk. Yet it is exactly this residual sugar that […]

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The Difference Between Campari and Aperol, Explained

The Difference Between Campari and Aperol, Explained

Double IPAs. Black coffee. Kale salad. Our taste in food and drink seems to be getting rather, well, bitter these days. But that’s a good thing, especially when it comes to appreciating the delights of acerbic apéritifs like Aperol and Campari. Traditionally consumed to stimulate the palate before eating, apéritifs — or aperitivos in local […]

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6 Questions About Rosé You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

6 Questions About Rosé You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

Rosé is in full bloom. The category grew 53 percent by volume in 2017 and, given a recent flush of sales and product launches, 2018 is set to be another banner year. If you have some lingering questions about rosé — where it comes from, how it’s made, and what makes it so popular — rest assured […]

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All The Ways Wood Affects Your Whiskey, Explained

All The Ways Wood Affects Your Whiskey, Explained

What’s on your mind when you sip your favorite Scotch, bourbon, or whiskey? Politics, maybe? Philosophy? A funny Tweet you read on your phone just now? Few of us spend cocktail hour contemplating wood, but it’s impossible to overstate its importance in the production and taste of brown spirits. Dan Szor, CEO and founder of […]

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Americans Love Jammy Wines. Just Don’t Tell Them How They Were Made.

Americans Love Jammy Wines. Just Don’t Tell Them How They Were Made.

The term ”jammy” has become peak wine jargon. It’s used to describe all sorts of sweet and quaffable wines, including some of the most popular Zinfandels and red blends on the market. These wines have been trending for several years, but their common use of such additives as sugar, water, and copious quantities of crystalline […]

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A Superstar Somm Shares Five Expert Tips for Pairing Wine With Chinese Food

A Superstar Somm Shares Five Expert Tips for Pairing Wine With Chinese Food

Chinese food has a reputation. And, like many reputations, it’s pretty unfair. Most Americans are under the misconception that Chinese fare is not especially wine-friendly. Even though the Chinese are now the world’s largest consumers of Bordeaux, and Chinese fine dining is ascendant across the U.S., many diners can’t shake the illusion that the only […]

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If You Drink Tequila With Salt and Lime, You Don’t Like Tequila

If You Drink Tequila With Salt and Lime, You Don’t Like Tequila

Tequila, despite being one of the most popular spirits in the world, is also among the most misunderstood. If you’ve had the spirit, you’ve most likely had it in a Margarita or imbibed tequila cruda, the classic shot-with-salt-and-lime combo served at dive bars the world over. The thing is, if you’re served tequila with salt […]

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Why You Should Never Pour Your Own Sake

Why You Should Never Pour Your Own Sake

All drinking culture is rich with tradition. Unspoken codes and customs find us clinking glasses, buying rounds, and tapping the bar before taking a shot, regardless of our surroundings. The primary ritual to keep in mind when drinking sake, the Japanese beverage in the midst of an American renaissance, is to never pour your own […]

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