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No Way! It’s Time to Rethink Rosé

No Way! It’s Time to Rethink Rosé

It’s probably not a provocation to say that you like rosé. Who doesn’t! Valued at $207 million, the pink wine category is popular and ubiquitous, the Gigi Hadid of beverages. The centuries-old style began its crossover to the American mainstream four to eight years ago, depending on your geographic region and propensity for early adoption. […]

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This Marseille Microbrewery Is Crowd-Sourcing Hops and Training Urban Farmers

This Marseille Microbrewery Is Crowd-Sourcing Hops and Training Urban Farmers

Though two people officially own Part Faite, the Marseille microbrewery chugs on community. Born from a successful crowdfunding campaign, Part Faite is run by Gonzalo and Laure Araque-Goy, a couple whose love of beer is only surpassed by a fierce love of  community. Gonzalo and Laure launched their line of three organic brews by enlisting […]

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These Chicago Bartenders Will Build the $100,000 Home Bar of Your Dreams

These Chicago Bartenders Will Build the $100,000 Home Bar of Your Dreams

The billionaire art collector was a regular at Billy Sunday, a hip amaro-based cocktail bar in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. He was dazzled every time he drank its intriguing cocktails, many made with vintage ingredients and obscure amari. Hmmm, he thought, wouldn’t it be swell to have this great of a cocktail bar right there […]

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How Did Vodka Become the Spirit of Pride?

How Did Vodka Become the Spirit of Pride?

June is here and, for many in the LGBTQ community and those who support them, that means Pride Month. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, known simply as Pride Month, is celebrated each June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. Now in its 31st year, Pride Month is known by many for […]

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You Don’t Really Know What’s in Your Wine. These Winemakers Want to Change That.

You Don’t Really Know What’s in Your Wine. These Winemakers Want to Change That.

Most of us have a pretty good idea of how we’re supposed to be eating — less sugar, more fiber, more good fats. Shop local, pay attention to labels, blah blah blah. We know the drill. If you try to hold your wine to a similar standard of transparency, however, you’ll end up frustrated. There’s […]

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Coravin Is the Tinder of Wine, and I’m Not Interested

Coravin Is the Tinder of Wine, and I’m Not Interested

Choice is brilliant until it’s a burden. Most of us crave variety, yet we fear change. These dichotomies make the business of being a human rather tricky. They also make life interesting, of course. And they are at the heart of two seemingly disparate modern phenomena: Tinder, the popular dating app; and Coravin, the wine […]

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The Espresso Martini Was Coffee Cocktails’ First Act. The Second Is Finally Here.

The Espresso Martini Was Coffee Cocktails’ First Act. The Second Is Finally Here.

In the 1980s London-based bartender Dick Bradsell invented what has since become one of of the world’s most popular cocktails: the Vodka Espresso. A rich, creamy combination of vodka, espresso, and coffee liqueur, this jolting concoction was the drink of choice of exhausted party animals well before Red Bull landed on every bar shelf across […]

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Now’s the Time to Plan Your Craft Beer Pilgrimage to Napa and Sonoma

Now’s the Time to Plan Your Craft Beer Pilgrimage to Napa and Sonoma

I was into my third 10-ounce glass of Pliny the Younger when I noticed the line snaking outside Russian River Brewing’s taproom in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif. “Five hours,” a bouncer told me. That was the estimated wait time to enter the hallowed halls of Sonoma County’s most revered brewery. Beer pilgrims hailing from 40 […]

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