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We Asked 10 Somms: Why Do You Love Italian Wine?

We Asked 10 Somms: Why Do You Love Italian Wine?

Among the great wine countries of the world, Italy is one of the most diverse. The sheer variety of grapes and styles offered within the country’s 20 regions can seem intimidating at first to those looking to master its nuances, but it’s also the reason why somms are continually intrigued by Italy’s wines. We asked […]

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Four Ways to Drink More Wine With Indian Food (No, Really)

Four Ways to Drink More Wine With Indian Food (No, Really)

“I’ve tried every kind of wine with Indian food, whether it’s something my mom made or something I made,” Rajat Parr says. The James Beard Award-winning sommelier was born in Calcutta, India, and attended the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, N.Y., before launching his star-studded wine career. Following posts at Rubicon and Fifth […]

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The Espresso Martini Was Coffee Cocktails’ First Act. The Second Is Finally Here.

The Espresso Martini Was Coffee Cocktails’ First Act. The Second Is Finally Here.

In the 1980s London-based bartender Dick Bradsell invented what has since become one of of the world’s most popular cocktails: the Vodka Espresso. A rich, creamy combination of vodka, espresso, and coffee liqueur, this jolting concoction was the drink of choice of exhausted party animals well before Red Bull landed on every bar shelf across […]

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Rooftop Bars Are Beautiful Fantasies That Never Deliver

Rooftop Bars Are Beautiful Fantasies That Never Deliver

Rooftop bars are irresistible. If you meet friends at one tonight, the vista might include a city skyline or nearby waterfront. It will look great in photos. You will look great in photos. Someone in your vicinity will say, ”Whoa, epic!” before night’s end. But if you go to a rooftop bar tonight or any […]

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Sommelier Kim Prokoshyn Comes Clean About Her ‘Forever Wine’ and Love of Mezcal Margaritas

Sommelier Kim Prokoshyn Comes Clean About Her ‘Forever Wine’ and Love of Mezcal Margaritas

Like most of us who studied the humanities in college (hello, postcolonial studies), Kim Prokoshyn didn’t turn her art history degree into her career. At least, not directly. Prokoshyn is head sommelier at Scampi, a southern Italian restaurant that opened near Manhattan’s Union Square last December. Prior to that, she worked with mentor Patrick Cappiello […]

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Where to Drink, Eat, and Sleep in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s Indie-Cool Wine Country

Where to Drink, Eat, and Sleep in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s Indie-Cool Wine Country

When most people think of the West Coast and wine, California’s Napa Valley comes to mind. Followed thereafter by Sonoma and the Willamette Valley, plus maybe Washington’s Columbia and Canada’s Okanagan Valleys. Those especially connected to California might point their attentions southward to Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, and then Temecula. The hottest wine region on […]

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Brews You Can Use: Five of the Country’s Best Tea-Infused Cocktails

Brews You Can Use: Five of the Country’s Best Tea-Infused Cocktails

Brett Oye, the lead bartender at BRABO in Alexandria, Va., was sipping a rooibos chai when he had a revelation. “I’d had chai ice cream, chai cake, even chai milkshakes, but I’d never had it in a cocktail,” Oye told VinePair. “As it turns out, chai mixes well with booze!” Inspired, Oye created Irish Chai, […]

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A Superstar Somm Shares Five Expert Tips for Pairing Wine With Chinese Food

A Superstar Somm Shares Five Expert Tips for Pairing Wine With Chinese Food

Chinese food has a reputation. And, like many reputations, it’s pretty unfair. Most Americans are under the misconception that Chinese fare is not especially wine-friendly. Even though the Chinese are now the world’s largest consumers of Bordeaux, and Chinese fine dining is ascendant across the U.S., many diners can’t shake the illusion that the only […]

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A Sommelier Can’t Change the World. But One Did Change Pittsburgh.

A Sommelier Can’t Change the World. But One Did Change Pittsburgh.

It’s sloppy at some places,” Pittsburgh sommelier John Wabeck says of the wine scene in his adopted hometown. “In the summer, you can still get warm red wine. I’d love to stamp that out.” Known as the Steel City, Pittsburgh is more often associated with Boilermakers — a shot of whiskey and a pint of beer […]

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