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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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Seven Ways to Use Bitters for Cooking, According to Chefs

Seven Ways to Use Bitters for Cooking, According to Chefs

Bitters are to cocktails as salt and spices are to foods. They add complexity, highlighting existing flavors and introducing new ones. But what else can you do with that bottle of boozy extract sitting on your shelf? Apparently, a whole lot. In Angostura’s home country, Trinidad and Tobago, bitters are added to all sorts of […]

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Does Anyone Really Want Craft Cocktails at a Steakhouse?

Does Anyone Really Want Craft Cocktails at a Steakhouse?

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a steakhouse cocktail? Probably the classics – Martini, Old Fashioned, Manhattan – being drunk by a group of dudes, probably all wearing Brooks Brothers suits, probably all putting the tab on their expense accounts. It’s predictable, yes. But steakhouse drinks are classics for […]

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9 Mistakes You’re Making When You Order Wine at a Restaurant

9 Mistakes You’re Making When You Order Wine at a Restaurant

Whether you’re struggling to identify the ingredients in your Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast, or reveling in a $45 plate of slow-roasted carrots enigmatically named “Symphony,” dining out has its challenges, especially when it comes to navigating the wine list. It’s not your fault. Too many restaurant wine lists read like a tax attorney wrote a […]

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Tasting The Unexpected: Why Wine Professionals Can’t Get Enough of Chilean Wine

Tasting The Unexpected: Why Wine Professionals Can’t Get Enough of Chilean Wine

Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Tuscany. These are undoubtedly the world’s best-known wine-growing regions. But look beyond the clichéd mainstays and you’ll see that one of the most exciting, diverse, and rapidly expanding grape-growing epicenters is actually below the equator. Way below. For years, Chile has provided the world with a wealth of Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlots, […]

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Reconsidering the Cocktail’s Seat at the Table

Reconsidering the Cocktail’s Seat at the Table

Generally speaking, Jeffrey Morgenthaler is not a fan of cocktail pairings. “I only provide them when requested,” he says. Morgenthaler is bar manager of Clyde Common, a lauded restaurant and bar in Portland, Oregon.“And when I do, the most important consideration is balancing strengths, not flavors.” Morgenthaler is not alone. Many sommeliers and chefs contend […]

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Ask Adam: Is It O.K. to Send My Cocktail Back if it Isn’t Strong Enough?

Ask Adam: Is It O.K. to Send My Cocktail Back if it Isn’t Strong Enough?

Got a question? Send it to advice@vinepair.com. Is it O.K. to send my cocktail back if it isn’t strong enough? Not unless you want to look like a real tool. As we’ve written before, people who say they want a ”strong”-tasting cocktail usually just mean they want to taste the booze. If that’s your jam, […]

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