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Where Do Restaurant Insiders Turn for Inspiration? Italian Wines. Here’s Why.

Where Do Restaurant Insiders Turn for Inspiration? Italian Wines. Here’s Why.

Italy, the birthplace of pizza, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance, is exalted for its numerous cultural and historical achievements. Its winemaking heritage spans centuries of traditions, beginning with the Etruscans and Romans, and continuing to this day. Whether it’s a crisp Bianco (white) or a rich Rosso (red), wine is as much a part […]

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Chelsea Little, Bar Manager at Denver’s Safta, Has a Box of Rosé In Her Fridge

Chelsea Little, Bar Manager at Denver’s Safta, Has a Box of Rosé In Her Fridge

There are more than 70 breweries in Denver and upwards of 11,500 bars and restaurants. In August 2018, the city’s culinary hit parade started singing a new tune. Alon Shaya, the James Beard Award-winning chef behind New Orleans’ perennially packed Saba, debuted Safta, his latest restaurant and Denver’s first destination for modern Israeli cuisine.

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Everything You Never Knew About Chianti (And Why to Drink It Now)

Everything You Never Knew About Chianti (And Why to Drink It Now)

Say the words “red sauce,” and many of us immediately conjure the smell of hearty tomato “gravy” bubbling away on grandma’s stove or in the kitchen of a favorite Italian restaurant. Whether you’re of Italian descent or not, it’s hard to argue that the fresh zing of basil and oregano, the spicy scents of veal, […]

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Everything That’s Worth Drinking in Paris, According to Danico’s Nico de Soto

Everything That’s Worth Drinking in Paris, According to Danico’s Nico de Soto

Nico de Soto’s name is synonymous with cocktail culture. At Mace, his small but mighty cocktail bar in New York City’s East Village, the internationally accented drinks are a direct reflection of de Soto’s decorated passport. A native Frenchman, avid traveler, and global bar veteran, de Soto is a cotton tee-clad impresario. His smart, creative palate […]

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We Asked 10 Sommeliers: How Can You Tell if Your Somm Is a Pro?

We Asked 10 Sommeliers: How Can You Tell if Your Somm Is a Pro?

Nothing about working in a restaurant is easy. Sommeliers and beverage professionals have especially challenging roles, balancing diners’ spoken and unspoken desires in a field rife with misinformation and insecurity. How, then, can you tell if your sommelier is a pro? We asked 10 beverage professionals to find out. A pro should be able to […]

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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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