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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wine Isn’t ‘Real’ Wine, and That’s O.K.

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wine Isn’t ‘Real’ Wine, and That’s O.K.

Bob Blue, Fetzer Vineyards’ winemaker and the unofficial baron of bourbon barrel-aged wines, famously describes his creation as a product of thrifty necessity. “I distinctly remember in the early ‘80s that getting French oak for wine was a big deal,” Blue is frequently quoted as saying. “Since there wasn’t a ton of capital, we used bourbon […]

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Modern Painters Are Making Masterpieces with Craft Beer, Coffee, and Other Delicious Drinks

Modern Painters Are Making Masterpieces with Craft Beer, Coffee, and Other Delicious Drinks

“It was kind of a weird accident,” Kyle Bice, an illustrator and painter, says of his penchant for painting with craft stouts. Beers and bars have been frequent subjects for painters throughout history, but Bice is one of several contemporary artists using beer, wine, coffee, and other drinks as their “paints.” They create beautiful artwork […]

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Two Texans Are Distilling Excellent Whiskey on an Abandoned Fort Worth Golf Course

Two Texans Are Distilling Excellent Whiskey on an Abandoned Fort Worth Golf Course

Once associated almost exclusively with Kentucky and Tennessee, American whiskey is now being made coast to coast, and many places in between. This proliferation, and the popularity of brown spirits in general, led to an 8.1 percent increase in American whiskey sales in 2017, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. Helping lead that charge is […]

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How Do You Say “Hoppy” in Arabic? The Brewer Creating Craft Beer Culture in Jordan

How Do You Say “Hoppy” in Arabic? The Brewer Creating Craft Beer Culture in Jordan

”Why do your beers taste like flowers?” Most brewers would find this sort of question insulting, or evidence of some sort of flavor imbalance in their brews. For Yazan Karadsheh, it sounded like a challenge. It demonstrated the vast divide between what he was brewing and the craft beer culture he needed to build in […]

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New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Is a Global Success Story, Whether Wine Critics Like It or Not

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Is a Global Success Story, Whether Wine Critics Like It or Not

When Napa Valley luminary Robert Mondavi released his first Sauvignon Blanc vintage in 1968, he didn’t include the variety on the bottle. Instead, Mondavi called the wine Fumé Blanc. The name paid tribute to the variety’s French heritage, and the Loire Valley subregion — Pouilly-Fumé — where it historically played a starring role. Naming the […]

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Got Milk Decision Fatigue? The Pain and Politics of Soy, Almond, Oat, and Cow’s Milks

Got Milk Decision Fatigue? The Pain and Politics of Soy, Almond, Oat, and Cow’s Milks

Last year, demand for Oatly, a Swedish oat milk popular at third-wave American coffee shops, outpaced supply. National shortages ensued. Oatly superfans were devastated, and apparently willing to spend $25 per 32-ounce carton on Amazon. It’s tempting to write this off as a fluke or embarrassing display of disposable income. But the alternative milk industry […]

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How to Find High-Quality, Low-Alcohol Wine

How to Find High-Quality, Low-Alcohol Wine

With the season of heavy imbibing behind us, many find ourselves aiming to cut back on something (anything). It’s the perfect time to explore low-alcohol wines. “Sessions,” a term often used in the beer industry, describes an alcoholic beverage with lower-than-industry-standard alcohol by volume (ABV). Wine ABV can range anywhere from 5 to more than […]

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A ‘Weird Artist in a Dirty Bus’ Has a 48-State Roadmap to Thwart Negativity in Craft Beer

A ‘Weird Artist in a Dirty Bus’ Has a 48-State Roadmap to Thwart Negativity in Craft Beer

Heidi Geist doesn’t have what people would typically refer to as a home base. This has always been true. As a kid, her family bounced across the American West. When she finally landed in Maine as an adult, she found herself seeking a new horizon about once a year. “I’m not attached to anything,” she […]

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