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Alphabet Soup: Decoding Appellation Acronyms from 10 Major Wine Countries

Alphabet Soup: Decoding Appellation Acronyms from 10 Major Wine Countries

Ever look at a few wine labels and find your eyes swimming in what looks like code? You’re not the only one. Among the myriad pieces of intel crunched onto each label (producer, grape variety) is the wine’s appellation, usually designated by a two-to-four-letter acronym. Written as abbreviations such as AVA, AOP, and DOC, appellations […]

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Smoky Bars Are Garbage and Ruin Drinking

Smoky Bars Are Garbage and Ruin Drinking

During the holidays many of us will journey to far-flung hometowns to share meals with our families, and drink regrettable Jack-and-Cokes with our high-school classmates at townie dives. If, like me, you hail from one of the 14 states that still permit smoking in bars (real cigarettes, not those undetectable Juuls), you’ll need to accommodate […]

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The Differences Between Czech, German, and American Pilsners

The Differences Between Czech, German, and American Pilsners

Pilsners are clean-slate beers. Best known for versatile drinkability, these are refreshing, palate-rinsing, and thirst-quenching brews. The style started with the Pilsner Urquell brewery in Plzen, Czech Republic in 1842, and has since been adapted around the world. Today the most prominent pilsner-style beers come from the Czech Republic, Germany, and America. Pilsners from these three […]

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A By-the-Numbers Breakdown of Oktoberfest [Infographic]

A By-the-Numbers Breakdown of Oktoberfest [Infographic]

The world’s largest beer fair kicks off in Munich this week. Oktoberfest will dominate tents, stages, and Instagram feeds from September 16 to October 3, 2017. The 184-year-old institution is a bucket-list experience for some and a headache for others. No matter where you stand, the sheer expanse of the endeavor is, in the truest […]

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For Some Wine Growers to Stay Small, Scaling Up Production Is the Only Option

For Some Wine Growers to Stay Small, Scaling Up Production Is the Only Option

It was dim, quiet, and cool in the subterranean cellar, a refreshing change from the blazing sun glinting off the Mosel River outside. We walked slowly through never-ending rows of tanks, our footsteps clicking along gleaming cement floors. Instead of flickering candles, fluorescent beams lit our path. Glistening metal lined the walls, and not an […]

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Review: Dr. Loosen “Dr. L” Riesling 2015

Review: Dr. Loosen “Dr. L” Riesling 2015

How many times have you found yourself in the wine store looking for something that can best be described as not too sweet but not too dry? Finding that perfectly balanced, semi-sweet wine is tricky, especially considering many off-dry wines contain added sugar. Finding a producer committed to faultless semi-sweet winemaking craftsmanship is a daunting task. Enter the Dr. […]

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