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‘Cork Dork’ or Wine Snob: Who Is Bianca Bosker’s Book Actually For?

‘Cork Dork’ or Wine Snob: Who Is Bianca Bosker’s Book Actually For?

The wine world is up in arms over a new book. Bianca Bosker’s Cork Dork is a deep journalistic dive into the exclusive world of sommeliers, or “cork dorks,” as they call themselves. Already a New York Times bestseller, Cork Dork was hailed as “the Kitchen Confidential of wine” by wine writer Madeline Puckette. “Read […]

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The Real Story Behind Music’s Effect on Wine

The Real Story Behind Music’s Effect on Wine

It’s 7 p.m. on a cold Monday night in December and I’m deeply skeptical. I’m in a swanky Upper East Side apartment with one of those elevators that opens right into a private residence. The scent of expensive perfume lingers in the air. A room full of impeccably clad wine professionals stand gathered around a […]

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The Head of the Prohibition Party Doesn’t Care if You Drink

The Head of the Prohibition Party Doesn’t Care if You Drink

The 2016 presidential election was divisive, to say the least. In addition to the split between Democrats and Republicans, third-party voters for the Green Party and the Libertarian Party seemed fed up with the whole system. But you may be surprised to find out that another third party received more attention than it has in decades: the […]

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Being A Somm Is About Service, Not Stardom

Being A Somm Is About Service, Not Stardom

Brahm Callahan is used to being the most knowledgeable wine professional in the room. Thirty-two years old with a face that looks 10 years younger, Callahan is one of only 149 Master Sommeliers in the United States. That’s fewer American Master Sommeliers than American Nobel Prize laureates, fewer American Master Sommeliers than people who were […]

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Is America Ready for an Alcohol Museum?

Is America Ready for an Alcohol Museum?

Imagine 50,000 square feet of museum space dedicated solely to beer in the heart of Pittsburgh, one of the nation’s burgeoning food cities. Each visitor takes a short quiz on a tablet, and their answers guide them through a personalized, interactive series of exhibits that tell the 10,000-year-old tale of beer. At the end, a […]

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