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Sommelier Kim Prokoshyn Comes Clean About Her ‘Forever Wine’ and Love of Mezcal Margaritas

Sommelier Kim Prokoshyn Comes Clean About Her ‘Forever Wine’ and Love of Mezcal Margaritas

Like most of us who studied the humanities in college (hello, postcolonial studies), Kim Prokoshyn didn’t turn her art history degree into her career. At least, not directly. Prokoshyn is head sommelier at Scampi, a southern Italian restaurant that opened near Manhattan’s Union Square last December. Prior to that, she worked with mentor Patrick Cappiello […]

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Five Essential Tips for Tackling a Wine List Like a Pro

Five Essential Tips for Tackling a Wine List Like a Pro

For many of us, the second a wine list is placed in our hands at a restaurant, we begin to panic. Ordering wine at a restaurant piles on the pressure. Will everyone at the table like our selection? How does retail pricing measure up to restaurant fees? Can the somm tell I don’t really know […]

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Joe Campanale Is Reinventing High-Low Dining All Over Again

Joe Campanale Is Reinventing High-Low Dining All Over Again

The hottest reservation in New York City right now isn’t some old-school grand dame or Michelin-starred Manhattan boite. It’s Fausto, a laid-back Italian restaurant on a wide, commercial avenue in Brooklyn, tucked between two quiet, residential neighborhoods. Fausto opened on December 9. It was a curious move for owner and beverage director Joe Campanale, the […]

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The 50 Best Wines of 2017

The 50 Best Wines of 2017

With another year winding down (or ramping up, depending on your holiday plans), we find ourselves in a reflective mood. As 2017 approaches its finale, we are contemplating the things we did, places we went, and, of course, wines we drank. Selecting the best and brightest from the many bottles we were lucky enough to […]

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Does a Good Restaurant Wine List Need to Be Up to Date? Yes and No.

Does a Good Restaurant Wine List Need to Be Up to Date? Yes and No.

It’s finally time for the long-anticipated dinner reservation at the best new restaurant in town. After poring over the wine list at the table, you proudly state your carefully chosen bottle selection to the sommelier. “I’m sorry,” the sommelier responds. “We don’t have that bottle right now.” Wait a minute. Isn’t the bottle listed on […]

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How to Get Access to a Restaurant’s Secret Wine List

How to Get Access to a Restaurant’s Secret Wine List

When you go out to eat, the general steps for ordering wine include the following: You are presented with a wine list, which has been curated by the restaurant’s sommelier, beverage director, or owner. You peruse that wine list and acquaint yourself with the choices available to you, and then you order a bottle off that list from your waiter.

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The Wines Every President Has Served From Eisenhower To Obama

The Wines Every President Has Served From Eisenhower To Obama

Rule No. 1 for a successful dinner party: don’t talk politics. It’s one of the most divisive topics out there and something that nearly everyone has a strong opinion on. During this election season it’s an especially hard topic to avoid talking about. You know why. As November approaches, something political will inevitably enter the […]

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The Most Innovative Restaurant Wine Lists In The United States Right Now

The Most Innovative Restaurant Wine Lists In The United States Right Now

Years from now, historians will look back on this moment, and call it the “Age of the Sommelier.” OK, that’s hyperbolic, but only slightly; the truth is that the U.S. wine scene is totally rocking, thanks to hardworking wine directors, thoughtful importers, and too-cool-for-school somms wearing jeans and sporting tattoo sleeves. Wine is officially dressed-down, […]

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