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Coravin Is the Tinder of Wine, and I’m Not Interested

Coravin Is the Tinder of Wine, and I’m Not Interested

Choice is brilliant until it’s a burden. Most of us crave variety, yet we fear change. These dichotomies make the business of being a human rather tricky. They also make life interesting, of course. And they are at the heart of two seemingly disparate modern phenomena: Tinder, the popular dating app; and Coravin, the wine […]

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Hop Take: NEIPAs Get Their Due, and Reddit Has a Day

Hop Take: NEIPAs Get Their Due, and Reddit Has a Day

The Brewers Association released its 2018 Beer Style Guidelines yesterday, with three extremely noteworthy category additions: “Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale,” “Juicy or Hazy IPA,” and “Juicy or Hazy Double IPA.” Yep, you heard me. New England-style IPAs, deliciously juicy and hazy as a fever dream, are finally, officially recognized by the country’s leading craft […]

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Bartenders Are Using Technology and Michelin-Starred Technique to Blow Your Mind

Bartenders Are Using Technology and Michelin-Starred Technique to Blow Your Mind

Remember when foam was a thing? In the early aughts, molecular gastronomy catapulted fine dining into the 21st century. Launching from Ferran Adria’s groundbreaking elBulli, the movement brought liquid nitrogen, hydrocolloids, and sous-vide everything into innovative kitchens around the world. Now, progressive bars are utilizing innovative gadgets and scientific technique to produce show-stopping, category-redefining drinks. […]

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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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Drinkstagrammers Are Transforming Cocktail Culture Without Stepping Behind the Bar

Drinkstagrammers Are Transforming Cocktail Culture Without Stepping Behind the Bar

Instagram has changed the way people interact. It’s made stars out of everyday people, propped up an entire influencer market, and can even be used to detect when someone became clinically depressed. Now it’s changing the way people think about cocktails. A host of influencers in the alcohol space have launched Instagram feeds devoted solely […]

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Diving Into Emoji Usage Data Reveals Seasonal Drinking Trends

Diving Into Emoji Usage Data Reveals Seasonal Drinking Trends

We’re living in a visual era. Emojis fill text messages, tweets, and Instagram captions as if people are reverting to some sort of digital version of pyramid hieroglyphics. And the way we communicate about alcohol is no different. There are nine common alcohol emojis: the Martini glass, tiki glass, wine glass, sake carafe, beer mug, […]

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Imagining 2014’s 11 Most Anticipated Tech IPOs As Wine Labels

Imagining 2014’s 11 Most Anticipated Tech IPOs As Wine Labels

The intersection of wine and technology is an interesting place, from apps that can track what you drink to social media monitoring services for wineries. And then there are interesting efforts to apply tech to terroir that attempt to scientifically map and explain just what that magical ‘sense of place’ truly is. This article is […]

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