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A Seattle Tastemaker Wants to Change How You Pair Wines With Vietnamese Food

A Seattle Tastemaker Wants to Change How You Pair Wines With Vietnamese Food

With its robust immigrant communities and booming dining scene, a city like Seattle owes its residents a thoughtful wine list at all its restaurants. At least that’s how Suzi An sees it. An is proprietor of Vita Uva, the first wine shop focused on natural and minimal-intervention wines in Seattle’s International District. The 65-square-foot retail […]

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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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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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Everything You Think About Tannins Is Probably Wrong

Everything You Think About Tannins Is Probably Wrong

Everything you think about tannins is probably wrong, but it’s not your fault. Tannins are complicated little bastards, and the wine world has turned them into one of the least-understood aspects of wine drinking. Technically, tannins are an evolutionary healing and defense mechanism. They break down proteins in plant life, which dissuades grazing herbivores and […]

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Drunk In Love: Four Sommelier-Approved Wedding Wine Hacks, Plus 20 Affordable Bottles

Drunk In Love: Four Sommelier-Approved Wedding Wine Hacks, Plus 20 Affordable Bottles

From look books to cake tastings, planning a wedding ain’t easy. The devil really is in the details — all 20,000 of them. Food and drink is one of the most memorable aspects of the big day, but wading through catering menus in search of drink options that demonstrate your “unique couple style” is daunting. […]

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We Blind-Tasted Biodynamic Wines According to the Lunar Cycle. Here’s What Happened.

We Blind-Tasted Biodynamic Wines According to the Lunar Cycle. Here’s What Happened.

The Gwyneth Paltrow effect is real. Americans are paying more attention than ever to organic and biodynamic products. More than 80 percent of us buy organic products for our households, and the organic wine market is predicted to grow by nearly 10 percent annually through 2021. Biodynamics, a moon-centric science whose adherents coordinate agricultural efforts with the lunar […]

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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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