Making wine during wartime is elitist. But that’s kind of the point. “Wine is a symbol,” Sandro Saade, owner of Domaine de Bargylus in Latakia, Syria, told VinePair. Sandro co-runs the winery with his brother, Karim, “It means different things to different people, but it is almost always tied to land, people and heritage.
The best parts of being a beer writer are self-evident. And to be honest, there aren’t really any hidden downsides. It’s a pretty soft gig. But if there’s one thing that inches my beer research ever so slightly closer to “job” than “hobby,” it’s the constant pressure to try new things.
Subtlety is not considered to be a particularly laudable characteristic in the beer world. For decades, beer was the basic bitch of the alcoholic beverage sector–cheap, mildly buzz-inducing, primarily consumed by members of the Greek system and Al Bundy types. Up and coming craft brands gathered a fan base by creating beers in direct opposition […]
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Just what makes craft alcohol so damn special? Why should I pay $80 for a bottle of vodka? Isn’t it just grains and water? These questions sound like church bells – carrying tidings of joy or judgment depending on who’s doing the asking and answering – up and down the aisles of liquor stores and at […]
There is no denying that craft beer is experiencing a boom. And this is a drastic change from even just ten years ago. At almost any bar or store across the country, one is likely to find craft beer as a possible choice, and those choices continue to multiply.
Cider didn’t used to be so sexy. Its image – a sipper for a country granny while she kicks it in her rocking chair and talks to her cat – is a marketer’s worst nightmare. But cider, undeniably, is having a moment. Cider hits the current zeitgeist in several sweet spots: it’s artisanal, farm-to-table, and […]
You’re groggy, underpaid, shopping for some digestible energy, and you pass a case full of “Trucker Pills”—rows of neatly packaged amphetamines with names like “No Doze” and “Exxxtreme Alert.” You wouldn’t buy them, right? Probably wouldn’t grab a bottle, head back to your desk, and take one (or two) for the long night ahead? What […]
A talented Playboy staff writer once defined a dive bar as a “church for down-and-outers and those who romanticize them, a rare place where high and low rub elbows—bums and poets, thieves and slumming celebrities. It’s a place that wears its history proudly.” A truer description of the Lower East Side watering hole Sophie’s could not have […]