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The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2018

The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2018

With skyrocketing sales and tireless marketing, rosé is a 21st-century American success story. Previous generations of star-spangled wine consumers dismissed it as too French, too gendered, or too reminiscent of black-sheep White Zinfandel. Of course that’s all grainy, black-and-white history now. In our rosy-hued present, pink wines have come to symbolize “all that is good about […]

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America’s 10 Most Anticipated Bars for Spring 2018

America’s 10 Most Anticipated Bars for Spring 2018

Spring has officially sprung, even if temperatures across much of the country remain stubbornly wintry. On the bright side, the new season brings several hotly anticipated bars, perfect for late-night revelry, patio sipping, and so on. From an experimental cocktail laboratory in the Pacific Northwest, to a chic Midwestern hotel bar, to an izakaya next […]

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Barrage Brewing’s Steve Pominski Adores Cantillon’s Iris, And Yoo-hoo

Barrage Brewing’s Steve Pominski Adores Cantillon’s Iris, And Yoo-hoo

What do you call a bar in a garage? If you’re Steve Pominski, that’s an easy answer: a ”barrage.” In 2009, Pominski, then a homebrewer, built a 16-foot mahogany bar outfitted with two taps in his garage to better sample batches and track progress while he assiduously refined his recipes. Soon, ”The Barrage,” as it […]

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You Can Tell a Bar Is Serious if It Has A Fancy Banana Cocktail on the Menu

You Can Tell a Bar Is Serious if It Has A Fancy Banana Cocktail on the Menu

Modern mixology is bananas. It’s now easier to get a fantastic cocktail in any corner of the country, a win for those of us who consider drinking a four-season, off-court sport. On the flip side, the movement elevates prices and the sort of panoramic pretension in which your Uncle Jimmy describes his Applebee’s Margarita as […]

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The Making of a Legend: Wine Prodigy Victoria James Wants to Bring Old-School Hospitality Back to Wine

The Making of a Legend: Wine Prodigy Victoria James Wants to Bring Old-School Hospitality Back to Wine

This article and the Making of a Legend series is brought to you by Légende, the taste of elegance. The word “wunderkind” gets thrown around a lot, but it actually applies in the case of sommelier Victoria James. Already well-versed in wine know-how by her late teens, James dropped out of college in favor of […]

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The Making of a Legend: How Rising Star Andrea Morris Is Bringing People Together Through Wine

The Making of a Legend: How Rising Star Andrea Morris Is Bringing People Together Through Wine

This article and the Making of a Legend series is brought to you by Légende, the taste of elegance. “I had this 8-year-old existential crisis,” Andrea Morris says with a laugh. “My friend, who was so much cooler than me, refused the sip of wine our parents offered and opted for lemonade. But I wanted […]

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Dirt Candy’s Lauren Friel Shares Her Secrets to Pairing Wine With Vegetables

Dirt Candy’s Lauren Friel Shares Her Secrets to Pairing Wine With Vegetables

There’s a myth in the American wine world that needs to be put to bed. The idea is that pairing wine with vegetarian food is nearly impossible, especially when it comes to flavorful veggies like asparagus and artichokes. Not so, says Lauren Friel, wine director of Dirt Candy in New York City. In fact, pairing […]

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Joe Campanale Is Reinventing High-Low Dining All Over Again

Joe Campanale Is Reinventing High-Low Dining All Over Again

The hottest reservation in New York City right now isn’t some old-school grand dame or Michelin-starred Manhattan boite. It’s Fausto, a laid-back Italian restaurant on a wide, commercial avenue in Brooklyn, tucked between two quiet, residential neighborhoods. Fausto opened on December 9. It was a curious move for owner and beverage director Joe Campanale, the […]

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The 10 Best Wine Shops Nationwide (2017)

The 10 Best Wine Shops Nationwide (2017)

Sommeliers are often regarded as the gatekeepers of wine trends. This isn’t entirely true. Sure, somms influence how restaurants stock and sell wine, and how those eating there purchase and drink it. But dining out is, for most Americans, not an everyday occasion — and very few of us are at the same restaurants frequently […]

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