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Hard Cider, Frontier Fables, and the True (Boozy) Story of Johnny Appleseed

Hard Cider, Frontier Fables, and the True (Boozy) Story of Johnny Appleseed

American cider is currently defined by what it isn’t. Made from fruit, not grain, it isn’t beer — although it is frequently packaged in beer-sized bottles, and drafted alongside beer at bars like The Northman in Chicago or Covenhoven in Brooklyn. It certainly doesn’t inspire the reverence or academic certification that surrounds wine, although production […]

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A New York Winery Is Making Revolutionary Rosé With an Ancient Pedigree

A New York Winery Is Making Revolutionary Rosé With an Ancient Pedigree

Winemaker Jess Johnson spent her summer the way most of us do: with glass after glass of chilled rosé. But her chosen bottle, a 2017 vintage from the Finger Lakes’ Standing Stone Vineyards, is not just any pale, Provencal approximation. It’s crafted of 100 percent Saperavi, an ancient grape from the Republic of Georgia. Saperavi […]

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Your Guide to the Finger Lakes, the Most Exciting Wine Region on the East Coast of America

Your Guide to the Finger Lakes, the Most Exciting Wine Region on the East Coast of America

Located five hours outside New York City, in the Southern Tier region of New York State, sits the most exciting wine region on the East Coast, the Finger Lakes. While the North Fork of Long Island may receive more attention, due to the region’s proximity to NYC, the Finger Lakes consistently produces world-class wine. The […]

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Empire Estate Dry Riesling 2016, Finger Lakes, N.Y.

Empire Estate Dry Riesling 2016, Finger Lakes, N.Y.

In a column devoted to good wines that you might actually stand a chance of finding, the smallest-production wines with limited distribution are pretty much ruled out. Although online ordering from stores and wineries partly mitigates the problem, state regulations on shipping wine remain an often-frustrating and confusing patchwork. This makes it hard for many […]

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Where to Eat, Drink, and Hike in the Hudson Valley, According to the Owners of Its Coolest Wine Bar

Where to Eat, Drink, and Hike in the Hudson Valley, According to the Owners of Its Coolest Wine Bar

The Hudson Valley is what Williamsburg, Brooklyn was 10 years ago. It’s teaming with artists, musicians, and young creatives who see the world a little differently — and want to make their mark. Because rents are cheaper than, say, New York City, and the earth is fertile, creating a successful food business, whether it’s a […]

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The Springs’ Sarah Boisjoli Says Life Is Too Short for Bad Booze

The Springs’ Sarah Boisjoli Says Life Is Too Short for Bad Booze

Sarah Boisjoli isn’t your average bartender. She’s the co-owner and beverage director of The Springs, a brand-new Brooklyn destination with Palm Springs decor, a lavish backyard, and color-popping cocktail list (the craft beer selection is great, too). She’s also the founder of a new dining pop-up brand, Counter Service, and a photographer. And she hates […]

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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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