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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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Getting to Know Raicilla, Tequila and Mezcal’s Rebellious Cousin

Getting to Know Raicilla, Tequila and Mezcal’s Rebellious Cousin

With skyrocketing sales and famous friends (¡hola, George Clooney!), agave spirits like tequila and mezcal are having a banner year in the United States. Now, savvy bartenders and industry folks are embracing raicilla, a distilled Mexican agave spirit with nuanced, vegetal flavors. Despite its centuries-old history, for many, raicilla remains shrouded in mystery. In part […]

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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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Five Essential Tips for Tackling a Wine List Like a Pro

Five Essential Tips for Tackling a Wine List Like a Pro

For many of us, the second a wine list is placed in our hands at a restaurant, we begin to panic. Ordering wine at a restaurant piles on the pressure. Will everyone at the table like our selection? How does retail pricing measure up to restaurant fees? Can the somm tell I don’t really know […]

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