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Where to Eat, Drink, and Hike in the Hudson Valley, According to the Owners of Its Coolest Wine Bar

Where to Eat, Drink, and Hike in the Hudson Valley, According to the Owners of Its Coolest Wine Bar

The Hudson Valley is what Williamsburg, Brooklyn was 10 years ago. It’s teaming with artists, musicians, and young creatives who see the world a little differently — and want to make their mark. Because rents are cheaper than, say, New York City, and the earth is fertile, creating a successful food business, whether it’s a […]

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Go Inside the Historic Breweries and Intimate Izakayas in Fushimi, Kyoto’s Under-the-Radar Sake District

Go Inside the Historic Breweries and Intimate Izakayas in Fushimi, Kyoto’s Under-the-Radar Sake District

Kyoto is best known for its wildly beautiful architecture, like the Fushimi Inari Shrine and Fushimi Castle, also known as Momoyama Castle. Travelers who dig a bit deeper into the city’s Fushimi district, however, discover another key aspect of its cultural identity: sake. As legend has it, Fushimi sake is especially good because of its water. Expert sake […]

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Now’s the Time to Plan Your Craft Beer Pilgrimage to Napa and Sonoma

Now’s the Time to Plan Your Craft Beer Pilgrimage to Napa and Sonoma

I was into my third 10-ounce glass of Pliny the Younger when I noticed the line snaking outside Russian River Brewing’s taproom in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif. “Five hours,” a bouncer told me. That was the estimated wait time to enter the hallowed halls of Sonoma County’s most revered brewery. Beer pilgrims hailing from 40 […]

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6 Ways to Summer Friday Like an Italian

6 Ways to Summer Friday Like an Italian

It’s 2:59 p.m. on a sunny Friday in June. The heat is borderline criminal, and everyone in your office (even your boss) is packing up and heading out. You can’t stand another minute in your office and are craving something bright and refreshing to set your weekend off right. Enter Mezza di Mezzacorna Italian Glacial […]

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Resilience and Post-Soviet Identity Politics Are in Every Glass of Georgian Wine

Resilience and Post-Soviet Identity Politics Are in Every Glass of Georgian Wine

“Georgia and the vine are very similar in their character,” Lado Uzunashvili says, “If they are not stressed a little bit, they don’t give you their best results.” Uzunashvili owns the Mukado winery in Georgia and represents the 11th generation in a long line of esteemed Georgian winemakers. It’s an impressive heritage, matching the oldest […]

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6 Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Books to Put in Your Beach Bag This Summer

6 Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Books to Put in Your Beach Bag This Summer

Summer is here, and with longer days and poolside lounging comes the need for a good book. This is not, however, the time for challengingly cerebral volumes like Jancis Robinson’s  (excellent) ”Wine Grapes.” Nor is it the time for dense histories on the origin of corn whiskey. The best summer reads bring the season’s easy-breezy […]

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Rooftop Bars Are Beautiful Fantasies That Never Deliver

Rooftop Bars Are Beautiful Fantasies That Never Deliver

Rooftop bars are irresistible. If you meet friends at one tonight, the vista might include a city skyline or nearby waterfront. It will look great in photos. You will look great in photos. Someone in your vicinity will say, ”Whoa, epic!” before night’s end. But if you go to a rooftop bar tonight or any […]

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