Craig Sindelar was drinking beer with his father when the lightning bolt struck. Sindelar, a sommelier with some 20 years in the industry, most recently at three-Michelin-starred Alinea in Chicago, had impulsively ordered a nice malt whiskey to sip with his beer. He was taken aback by how well the two went together. “My job […]
“I have always had a very sensitive palate, and am obsessed with smelling and tasting things,” Tim Wiggins, beverage manager at St. Louis’s Yellowbelly says. The tendency has served him well. At just 27, Wiggins has made quite the name for himself, earning top accolades from city press and shaping its cocktail culture. He co-owns […]
In gin-soaked 19th-century Britain, the temperance movement emerged to counteract the myriad social problems stemming from alcohol abuse. Temperance advocates and activists felt an organized effort to limit consumption was the best solution. Among them was Thomas Cook, a former Baptist preacher and cabinet maker.
Now a household name among beer drinkers, Sierra Nevada Brewing was once a one-man show. Its founder, Ken Grossman, is still a star, and his brewery, founded in Chico, Calif., in 1980, is now the No. 3 craft brewery in the U.S. Sierra Nevada pioneered ultra-hoppy ales, sustainable brewing practices, and an enviable dry-hopping mechanism called […]
Barcelona seems familiar, even to those of us who’ve never been. Everyone has a friend — some of us are that friend — who visited once, as a Eurail Pass-toting undergrad, and still raves about it. They slur the “c” in the city’s name whenever possible, trilling Bahthhhelona with gusto. But Barcelona is much more […]
Say the name “Employees Only” to a New Yorker, and watch their eyes light up. For more than a decade, the West Village bar and restaurant has been teaching hospitality professionals the art of mixology (and how to rock suspenders, a waxed mustache, or both). Employees Only (EO) is now a global operation with locations […]
Four hundred years before Portugal began producing Port, an alchemist in France discovered the method, known as mutage, of creating fortified wines. Yes, in 1284 A.D., a fellow who dabbled in magic in an effort to turn ordinary metals into gold changed the course of wine history. This tinkerer was named Arnaldus de Villanova.
Wine and storytelling are often entwined. Winemakers spin yarns about a noble relative who planted the family plot centuries earlier, while sommeliers rave about the magical quality of sea breezes. As temperatures cool and Halloween approaches, there’s no better time to uncork a few spooky tales from wineries with spine-tingling pasts. To get into the […]
Picture a beautiful Italian vineyard. You’re probably thinking about gently rolling hills, cypress trees with the sparkling blue sea off in the distance. But think again. One of Italy’s best wine regions (and best-kept secrets) is found in the lush Alpine region of northern Italy where apple orchards and vines cling to the mountainsides and […]