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Stronger than Fiction: How to Drink, Based on Your Favorite Book

Stronger than Fiction: How to Drink, Based on Your Favorite Book

We’re firm believers that most things are made more enjoyable with a little alcohol, and many notable fiction authors and characters seem to agree. For bookworms who are also boozehounds, we’ve compiled a selection of famous works paired with corresponding cocktails, wine, and beer. Break out the books and break open the bottles — it’s […]

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A Guide to Merlot Styles Around the World

A Guide to Merlot Styles Around the World

Drinkers today have so many opportunities to explore new wines made from obscure grape varieties, the classics can seem unfashionable. But, just like a perfectly tailored navy suit, the classics remain steadfast for a reason. Merlot has been overlooked by wine consumers in recent years. Regardless, it’s one of the world’s greatest grapes, as exemplified […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Merlot from Washington

An Illustrated Guide to Merlot from Washington

Although Merlot is grown in many of the world’s wine regions, Washington State in particular has gained a reputation for its grape since the 1980s. Deeply-colored Merlots from Washington are known for supple, New World-style fruit and body, with Old World structure and acidity. Combining richness and restraint, Washington is the state to seek out […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Merlot

An Illustrated Guide to Merlot

It’s time to settle this once and for all: Merlot is not a subpar grape variety and yes, you should be drinking it. After the Sideways Effect of 2004, Merlot went through some serious trauma, thanks to Paul Giamatti’s character’s snobby Merlot-based remarks. However, Merlot is responsible for making some of the best wines in […]

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The Differences Between Left And Right Bank Bordeaux

The Differences Between Left And Right Bank Bordeaux

Someone brings some good Bordeaux to a party. Great. Someone opens said bottle. Even better. Someone starts talking about the differences between the Left Bank and the Right Bank in the Bordeaux region. Reasonably, you grab your glass — after it’s been filled — and jet to the other side of the room. Bordeaux can […]

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HOW TO: Make Your Own Bordeaux Style Red Wine Blend

HOW TO: Make Your Own Bordeaux Style Red Wine Blend

All photos by Jeff Licciardello Let’s face it: winemaking is pretty much the coolest job ever, so if you’ve ever thought about quitting your day job and going into the winemaking trade, you’re not alone. The problem is that winemaking can be seriously difficult, expensive, time consuming, and often downright illegal.

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Wine Memories: Roman Holiday

Wine Memories: Roman Holiday

Growing up with three siblings spanning eight years, it wasn’t always easy to take family vacations. At any given moment, my siblings and I could be in different schools with different schedules and different obligations. However, in the winter of 2010, the stars aligned, and all six of us had time off. Determined to make […]

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