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We Asked 10 Sommeliers: What Wine Trend Needs to Die?

We Asked 10 Sommeliers: What Wine Trend Needs to Die?

America is a large country, and so what’s popular in one geographic area might be unknown in another. Angelenos could tire of avocado toast (theoretically!) before it reaches Maine. And Texans find it adorable when New Yorkers struggle to pronounce “kolache.” Still, certain trends have legs. They travel across the country and, in some instances, […]

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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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For Rosé Drinkers, Is It Pale Pink or Nothing?

For Rosé Drinkers, Is It Pale Pink or Nothing?

America’s well-documented thirst for rosé is expanding, but our sight lines seem to be tapering off. Sales are robust, particularly for rosés from Provençe. In the decade between 2008 and 2017, the value of rosé exports from Provence to the United States increased by nearly 4,000 percent. It’s an astonishing success story for a category […]

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Sommelier Kim Prokoshyn Comes Clean About Her ‘Forever Wine’ and Love of Mezcal Margaritas

Sommelier Kim Prokoshyn Comes Clean About Her ‘Forever Wine’ and Love of Mezcal Margaritas

Like most of us who studied the humanities in college (hello, postcolonial studies), Kim Prokoshyn didn’t turn her art history degree into her career. At least, not directly. Prokoshyn is head sommelier at Scampi, a southern Italian restaurant that opened near Manhattan’s Union Square last December. Prior to that, she worked with mentor Patrick Cappiello […]

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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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