France’s wide-ranging wines are celebrated across the globe for their timeless elegance and unparalleled sophistication. Yet within this already elevated landscape, some regions are even more heralded than others. Consider the Loire Valley, an illustrious string of appellations with viticultural traditions spanning multiple millennia. As its namesake river flows west across the center of the […]
Every year, Drinks International, a trade publication for the alcohol industry, gathers data on the top bars around the world. The result is an ever-shifting who’s who of cocktails that tells the story of which drinks are in vogue and which are falling out of favor. To create the list, surveyors culled responses from 108 […]
It’s not enough to simply ask for a shot of whiskey anymore. As of this month, back bar standbys like bourbon, Scotch, and Tennessee and Irish whiskey will be joined by Empire Rye, a new designation launched by New York distillers in October.
Last month, the managing partner and wine director of La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, arguably the hottest industry hangout in NYC, hosted an invite-only launch party. It wasn’t for a new wine import. It was to celebrate a line of glassware from an under-the-radar Austrian label, MarkThomas.
Millennials get blamed for a lot of things. Participation trophies, head-scratching workplace expectations, and now beverage and business publications proclaim they’re killing the beer industry, too. It’s true the beer business has some introspection to do. Sales are losing ground to wine and spirits, and the growth of craft beer sales is slowing dramatically. Fingers […]
For years Americans only knew sake in cheaply mass-produced iterations. We dropped shots of it into pints of Kirin, screaming “sake bomb!” to no one in particular; or sipped hot, boozy versions in strip-mall sushi joints. The latter comprised my introduction to the category. As a college undergraduate I went to dinner with a roommate’s […]
Bourbon is often called “America’s native spirit,” and for good reason. But there’s another type of liquor that can claim the title of being America’s oldest native spirit. It’s one that many drinkers aren’t familiar with, even though it’s been bottled in New Jersey by descendants of a Revolutionary War fighter since the 18th century. […]
Bars are usually places to consume alcohol, not contemplate sobriety. Yet at the Up & Up, a swank cocktail bar in Manhattan’s West Village, that’s exactly what bar manager Chaim Dauermann and I were doing. When I asked him what he, a career bartender, would never drink again, he responded, “All of them, because I don’t […]
Sashes and plastic tiaras, genitalia-shaped party favors, and, of course, obligatory male strippers. Bachelorette parties, those post-lib iterations of traditional stag nights, have already given us so much. A rite of female bonding throughout much of the Western world, fueled by alcohol and high spirits, bachelorette parties have also become a million-dollar industry. According to […]