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Domaine Lafage Côté Est Blanc 2016, Roussillon, France

Domaine Lafage Côté Est Blanc 2016, Roussillon, France

Usually, I’m all about complexity in wines — the various layers that make wine interesting and take it beyond just alcoholic fruit juice. How does oak aging factor in? Can you detect minerals that reflect a wine’s terroir? How about spice or floral notes? Saline or earth? The list goes on. Students of wine live […]

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6 Questions About Rosé You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

6 Questions About Rosé You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

Rosé is in full bloom. The category grew 53 percent by volume in 2017 and, given a recent flush of sales and product launches, 2018 is set to be another banner year. If you have some lingering questions about rosé — where it comes from, how it’s made, and what makes it so popular — rest assured […]

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Neoprene Dreams: The Definitive History of the Koozie

Neoprene Dreams: The Definitive History of the Koozie

In the future, when visitors from a far-off galaxy discover our planet and sift through the rubble of a once-great civilization, they will undoubtedly stumble upon a koozie. Their alien phalanges will brush the dirt away to reveal a squishy, neon-blue relic. They’ll travel back home, eager to show their species the riches from the […]

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Six Essential Tips for Buying Cheese for a Party Like a Pro

Six Essential Tips for Buying Cheese for a Party Like a Pro

So, you’re the lucky devil who gets to bring cheese to the party. Congratulations! You officially have the most fun assignment. Anyone else bringing food, whether it’s a store-bought baguette or their great aunt Helen’s famous homemade brownies, will be immediately overshadowed by a good cheese board. Mouths will water, conversations will stop, and, all […]

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10 of the Best Supermarket Wines Under $30 (2018)

10 of the Best Supermarket Wines Under $30 (2018)

As summer approaches, the only thing better than long weekends is having a slew of back-pocket bottles for impromptu getaways — or Tuesday nights on the patio. Fortunately, for those with ample enthusiasm but limited time or budgets, supermarket wine sections have never been better. We’re not just talking about fancy boutique grocers, either.

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Somms Share Five Tips for Finding Great Supermarket Wine

Somms Share Five Tips for Finding Great Supermarket Wine

Supermarket wine is a reality, like snow tires or the pervasiveness of the term “circle back.” Carefully researched, $50-plus bottles are simply too precious for everyday drinking, whether you’re a Master Sommelier or weeknight shopper hoping to wash down Wednesday’s dinner with something stronger than La Croix. When we’re buying wine in tandem with paper […]

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The 10 Best Wine Shops Nationwide (2017)

The 10 Best Wine Shops Nationwide (2017)

Sommeliers are often regarded as the gatekeepers of wine trends. This isn’t entirely true. Sure, somms influence how restaurants stock and sell wine, and how those eating there purchase and drink it. But dining out is, for most Americans, not an everyday occasion — and very few of us are at the same restaurants frequently […]

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