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Rooftop Cocktails and Punk-Rock Karaoke at the World’s 10 Coolest Hostel Bars

Rooftop Cocktails and Punk-Rock Karaoke at the World’s 10 Coolest Hostel Bars

While hostels have historically had a reputation as dirty, undesirable places for broke backpackers, that’s not always the case. Hostels have always served as bustling social hubs. The best ones in cities like Berlin, Paris, Miami, and beyond have killer nightclubs, pool bars, historic watering holes, and even breweries on site.

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The Role ‘Wild’ Yeasts Play in Terroir Is Finally Being Recast

The Role ‘Wild’ Yeasts Play in Terroir Is Finally Being Recast

With his long hair, Matt Goddard looks a bit like a bass player from a progressive rock band. But he’s a scientist, and his field of interest is microbial ecology. Goddard’s particular interest of late is wine yeasts. He uses modern genetic techniques to answer one of the long-standing controversies in the wine world: Can […]

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The Most Expensive Wine From Every Country in the World

The Most Expensive Wine From Every Country in the World

There are more than 70 countries worldwide producing wine. Historically, 90 percent of the world’s wine came from 15 countries, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. To understand the global spectrum, we analyzed data from Wine-Searcher.com and compiled the most expensive wine from every country. From the Old World usual suspects, to […]

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The Gold in This Italian Bank Is Actually 430,000 Wheels of Parmesan

The Gold in This Italian Bank Is Actually 430,000 Wheels of Parmesan

Credito Emiliano, a bank in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, offers loans in exchange for uniquely Italian collateral: golden wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Housed in a high-security complex surrounded by barbed wire, the bank, known locally as Credem, holds some 430,000 wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano made by farmers in the area. The stacks sit 20 wheels high and […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Nerello Mascalese

An Illustrated Guide to Nerello Mascalese

If you don’t already know Nerello Mascalese, you should. It stars in some of Sicily’s most exciting reds, thriving in the region’s volcanic soils on the eastern side of the island. Many liken Nerello Mascalese to the Pinot Noirs of Burgundy, praising its lingering minerality and bright acidity, but the wines can actually be quite […]

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A Three-Day Trek Along Prosecco Road Is Italy’s Bubbliest, Best-Kept Secret

A Three-Day Trek Along Prosecco Road Is Italy’s Bubbliest, Best-Kept Secret

There has never been a better time to get into bubbles. Sommeliers almost universally love Champagne, and, across America, our collective thirst for Prosecco is growing at record speed. Sales of Prosecco are expected to surpass both rosé wine and “discounted Champagne” by 2020, according to Vinexpo CEO Guillaume Deglise. This presents a compelling case […]

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This Italian Grape Is Back From Near-Extinction, Thanks to One Winemaker

This Italian Grape Is Back From Near-Extinction, Thanks to One Winemaker

Wine experts believe that Italy is home to more native wine grapes than any other country in the world. Yet many Italian wine lovers can’t name more than a handful of the estimated 2,000 varieties of Italy, sticking to their preferred Nebbiolo or Sangiovese. Some of the country’s most interesting grapes remain under the radar […]

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