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Go Inside the Mexican Distillery Producing Mezcal With Pre-Hispanic Techniques

Go Inside the Mexican Distillery Producing Mezcal With Pre-Hispanic Techniques

The small town of Santa Catarina Minas, about an hour south of Mexico’s Oaxaca City, has mezcal roots that predate the Hispanic period. Fourth-generation master mezcalero, Eduardo (Lalo) Ángeles (pictured, above), left his family’s Real Minero mezcal operation in 2014 to form his own, Mezcal Lalocura. At Lalocura, Ángeles produces over 20 expressions of the […]

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Portugal’s Easy, Breezy Aperitif Proves That Austerity and Self-Care Can Co-Exist

Portugal’s Easy, Breezy Aperitif Proves That Austerity and Self-Care Can Co-Exist

Porto tonico, a breezy combination of dry fortified wine and tonic water, is one of the world’s great aperitifs. It’s easy to make, fruity without being sweet, and gently refreshing. In Portugal, the early-evening cocktail is so widespread it almost seems compulsory. After work, you relax with a porto tonico. Going to the beach? Have […]

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Your Guide to the Finger Lakes, the Most Exciting Wine Region on the East Coast of America

Your Guide to the Finger Lakes, the Most Exciting Wine Region on the East Coast of America

Located five hours outside New York City, in the Southern Tier region of New York State, sits the most exciting wine region on the East Coast, the Finger Lakes. While the North Fork of Long Island may receive more attention, due to the region’s proximity to NYC, the Finger Lakes consistently produces world-class wine. The […]

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Everything That’s Worth Drinking in San Diego, According to Raised by Wolves’ Erick Castro

Everything That’s Worth Drinking in San Diego, According to Raised by Wolves’ Erick Castro

Bicoastal bar legend Erick Castro wears multiple hats in multiple locales. In New York City, he’s known as the kind-eyed, mustachioed proprietor of Lower East Side staple Boilermaker. In San Francisco, the launchpad of Castro’s career, his name and legacy trace back a good two decades. In San Diego, he’s the man behind two of […]

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How to Get the Most Out of Every Wine Tasting, According to Wine Country Pros

How to Get the Most Out of Every Wine Tasting, According to Wine Country Pros

We’ve all been there. The near-arctic chill of an ornately furnished tasting room washes over you and, breathing a sigh of relief, you belly up to the bar ready to discover a new favorite bottle. But the calm disappears as fast as it arrived — confronted with overwritten tasting menus and overly exuberant staffers, wine […]

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Manifest Your Destiny at the Westernmost Bar in the Continental U.S.

Manifest Your Destiny at the Westernmost Bar in the Continental U.S.

The siren song of California warbles with star-making allure. Promises of gold, agricultural wealth, world-class wine country, and, of course, marquee lights have seduced centuries of pilgrims to point wagons west. (And east, north, or south, depending on their point of origin.) Those hoping to manifest destinies with a drink in hand should peck the […]

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Your Guide to Cape Cod’s Emerging Craft Beer, Wine, and Distillery Scenes

Your Guide to Cape Cod’s Emerging Craft Beer, Wine, and Distillery Scenes

Cape Cod, a northeastern peninsula with beaches on both sides and weathered-cedar houses, used to be a wasteland when it came to drinking. Because a large percentage of businesses are seasonal, craft brewing and distilling movements were slow to develop on these shores. As a result there were very few options outside of dive bars […]

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