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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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The Right Way to Drink a Corona in Five Easy Steps

The Right Way to Drink a Corona in Five Easy Steps

America’s No. 1 imported beer, Corona, is a $7.5 billion operation, according to Forbes’ “The World’s Most Valuable Brands.” Acolytes would likely argue there is no wrong way to enjoy Corona, while detractors turn their noses up at the stuff. There is, however, an art to consuming la cerveza mas fina — lime flip and all. […]

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Everything You Think About Tannins Is Probably Wrong

Everything You Think About Tannins Is Probably Wrong

Everything you think about tannins is probably wrong, but it’s not your fault. Tannins are complicated little bastards, and the wine world has turned them into one of the least-understood aspects of wine drinking. Technically, tannins are an evolutionary healing and defense mechanism. They break down proteins in plant life, which dissuades grazing herbivores and […]

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The 10 Cheeses You Need to Know to Understand All Cheese Ever

The 10 Cheeses You Need to Know to Understand All Cheese Ever

Staring down a cheese case can intimidate even the most confident cook. The array of styles, textures, hard-to-pronounce names (bonjour, chabichou!), and ingredients is puzzlingly labyrinthine. Is goat’s milk stronger than sheep’s? What is a bloomy rind, exactly? Cheesemonger Liz Thorpe, formerly of NYC’s legendary Murray’s Cheese, devised a system to demystify cheese, helping mere mortals explore […]

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11 Things You Should Know About Pappy Van Winkle

11 Things You Should Know About Pappy Van Winkle

If there’s such a thing as bourbon royalty, it’s Pappy Van Winkle. The whiskey is one of the hardest-to-find bottles out there, and it’s cherished worldwide as the ultimate example of quality. But how well do you really know Pappy? We separated fact from fiction and explored the Frankfort, Kentucky distillery and its beloved bourbon. Here are […]

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The 10 Most Popular Botanicals in Gin, Explained

The 10 Most Popular Botanicals in Gin, Explained

Gin is a spirit defined by, and famous for, its botanicals. To be classified as gin, it must have some level of juniper, which is where the pine taste comes from, but other than that, gin distillers are free to choose their botanicals at will. That freedom makes gin one of the most diverse liquors […]

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The Secret to Reading Sake Labels

The Secret to Reading Sake Labels

Sake is often misunderstood. To many Americans, the Japanese beverage is only consumed hot or dropped into a beer after pounding the table and yelling, “When you say sake I say bomb! Sake! Bomb!” That’s starting to change. Restaurants in major cities are increasingly featuring sake menus with a range of options.

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