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Americans Love Pairing Sake With Sushi, But It’s a Big Mistake

Americans Love Pairing Sake With Sushi, But It’s a Big Mistake

Sake is having a moment in the U.S. We are currently Japan’s largest export market for its traditional rice beverage, sipping nearly 5,000 kiloliters per year. Small wine shops sell unfiltered nigori sake alongside hipster varietal wines. Restaurants like Oberlin in Providence, R.I., Catbird Seat in Nashville, and Banyan in Boston, pair sake by the glass with […]

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Dirt Candy’s Lauren Friel Shares Her Secrets to Pairing Wine With Vegetables

Dirt Candy’s Lauren Friel Shares Her Secrets to Pairing Wine With Vegetables

There’s a myth in the American wine world that needs to be put to bed. The idea is that pairing wine with vegetarian food is nearly impossible, especially when it comes to flavorful veggies like asparagus and artichokes. Not so, says Lauren Friel, wine director of Dirt Candy in New York City. In fact, pairing […]

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Eight Trends to Watch in 2018

Eight Trends to Watch in 2018

With 2017 tilting toward our collective rearview mirror, we’re reflecting on the previous year. It’s been an extremely exciting time for the beer, wine, and spirits world, from a seemingly endless stream of craft beer acquisitions to the meteoric climbs of natural wine and amaro. We can’t wait to see what keeps glasses filled and […]

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Joe Campanale Is Reinventing High-Low Dining All Over Again

Joe Campanale Is Reinventing High-Low Dining All Over Again

The hottest reservation in New York City right now isn’t some old-school grand dame or Michelin-starred Manhattan boite. It’s Fausto, a laid-back Italian restaurant on a wide, commercial avenue in Brooklyn, tucked between two quiet, residential neighborhoods. Fausto opened on December 9. It was a curious move for owner and beverage director Joe Campanale, the […]

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Why Champagne and Fried Foods Are Perfect Together

Why Champagne and Fried Foods Are Perfect Together

Champagne with fried foods is an iconic — and irresistible — pairing. The Wall Street Journal and Southern Living have extolled the virtues of the quintessential high-low match, and it inspires an annual charitable event in Chicago, the aptly named Fried Chicken and Champagne Fest. A few years back, New Yorkers were treated to a dedicated fried-chicken-and-Champagne restaurant, […]

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Somms Love Champagne, but Not the Way You Do

Somms Love Champagne, but Not the Way You Do

Prosecco and sparkling rosé may be the best-selling bubbles at restaurants but, when sommeliers pour for themselves, odds are they’re popping Champagne. Whether it’s a shift drink or a Tuesday night dinner party, OG Champs and, increasingly, grower bottles are sommeliers’ after-hours drink of choice. They sip it from plastic cups, Chambongs, or Zalto stemware […]

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Ridesharing Has Upended the Dining and Nightlife Scenes in L.A.

Ridesharing Has Upended the Dining and Nightlife Scenes in L.A.

Mike D, the Beastie Boys rapper turned wine collector, is entering the Los Angeles restaurant scene this year. Diamond (that’s what the ”D” stands for) will develop the wine list at The Hearth & Hound, a forthcoming eatery from iconic restaurateur Ken Friedman and his partner, chef April Bloomfield, both of NYC’s The Spotted Pig. […]

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