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Natural Wine Is a Runaway Train, And It Might Be Time to Hit the Brakes

Natural Wine Is a Runaway Train, And It Might Be Time to Hit the Brakes

There is no official Natural Wine Movement. I think that’s why so many people struggle with it. Natural wines are not as codified as, for example, biodynamic farming, where in order to use the term you need to undergo rigorous certification. There are no rules for what constitutes “natural.” Tracing the movement’s origins is difficult […]

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We’re Drinking More Rosé Champagne Than Ever Before. Just Don’t Call It a Trend.

We’re Drinking More Rosé Champagne Than Ever Before. Just Don’t Call It a Trend.

We may fancy ourselves singular snowflakes, but patterns checker what we eat, drink, and hashtag. Thanks to the lightning-fast nature of digital sharing, trends like Negronis and so-called “unicorn foods” quickly escalate from local to global phenomena. Look around, and suddenly everyone (no seriously, everyone) is feting Persian New Year, drinking cortados, or collectively dropping $207 […]

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Champagne Toe-sts: The Strange History of Drinking Bubbly From Women’s Shoes

Champagne Toe-sts: The Strange History of Drinking Bubbly From Women’s Shoes

My grandmother was a stern, fastidious woman. She had a live-in housekeeper, and her home was always tidy. She wore expensive jewelry and got her hair done professionally several times a week. She frequently sent back food at restaurants and would chew out waiters who brought her an imperfectly made Martini. So it was quite […]

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I Homebrewed Strawberry Four Loko and Lived to Tell the Tale

I Homebrewed Strawberry Four Loko and Lived to Tell the Tale

Among the annals of bad decision enablers, like reality TV and front-facing cameras, Four Loko is the stuff of millennial legend. Since its 2005 inception, caffeine- and energy-laced Four Loko ruined countless people’s nights. Then, shortly before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned caffeine in alcoholic beverages in 2010, OG Four Loko disappeared. Gone […]

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Ridesharing Has Upended the Dining and Nightlife Scenes in L.A.

Ridesharing Has Upended the Dining and Nightlife Scenes in L.A.

Mike D, the Beastie Boys rapper turned wine collector, is entering the Los Angeles restaurant scene this year. Diamond (that’s what the ”D” stands for) will develop the wine list at The Hearth & Hound, a forthcoming eatery from iconic restaurateur Ken Friedman and his partner, chef April Bloomfield, both of NYC’s The Spotted Pig. […]

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Drinkstagrammers Are Transforming Cocktail Culture Without Stepping Behind the Bar

Drinkstagrammers Are Transforming Cocktail Culture Without Stepping Behind the Bar

Instagram has changed the way people interact. It’s made stars out of everyday people, propped up an entire influencer market, and can even be used to detect when someone became clinically depressed. Now it’s changing the way people think about cocktails. A host of influencers in the alcohol space have launched Instagram feeds devoted solely […]

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The Need for an NYC Nightlife DON

The Need for an NYC Nightlife DON

Last month, New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill to create a director of nightlife. The aptly acronymed DON will oversee the Office of Nightlife with the express purpose of promoting growth of “jobs and wages in the music industry,” according to the mayor. This is an “office that’s really going to […]

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