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Brewer and Winemaker Elaine St. Clair Doesn’t Want Sour Beers Anywhere Near Her Wine

Brewer and Winemaker Elaine St. Clair Doesn’t Want Sour Beers Anywhere Near Her Wine

Elaine St. Clair likes to get her hands dirty. As co-founder, brewmaster, and winemaker at St. Clair Brown, an urban winery and brewery in Napa, Calif., she’s a woman of the land, whether it’s producing hops, grapes, or grains. She’s also devoted to her liquid. St. Clair was the co-owner and head brewmaster of 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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You Can Find Some of the Best Sparkling Wines You’ve Never Tasted in Slovenia

You Can Find Some of the Best Sparkling Wines You’ve Never Tasted in Slovenia

There is no Michelin-starred restaurant or sommelier dressed in stiff white garb when you arrive at Istenič winery in Bizeljsko, Slovenia. The modest building near the Croatian border is surrounded by hillocks with terraced vineyards, and looks nothing like the ritzy wineries you might see in Australia’s Yarra Valley or the Cape Winelands in South […]

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Where to Drink, Eat, and Sleep in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s Indie-Cool Wine Country

Where to Drink, Eat, and Sleep in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s Indie-Cool Wine Country

When most people think of the West Coast and wine, California’s Napa Valley comes to mind. Followed thereafter by Sonoma and the Willamette Valley, plus maybe Washington’s Columbia and Canada’s Okanagan Valleys. Those especially connected to California might point their attentions southward to Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, and then Temecula. The hottest wine region on […]

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The Up-To-Date Guide to Seattle’s Urban Winery Scene for 2018

The Up-To-Date Guide to Seattle’s Urban Winery Scene for 2018

Washington State wines are garnering national esteem (and investment) but, historically, the industry faced a geographical challenge. Washington’s vineyards and wineries are much farther from major city Seattle than is the case with, say, San Francisco and Napa and Sonoma Counties. Enterprising winemakers realized that a tasting room, if not an actually winery, in downtown […]

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Grape and Grain: Nine Winemakers That Are Also Brewing Craft Beer

Grape and Grain: Nine Winemakers That Are Also Brewing Craft Beer

In the days of yore, there were wine drinkers, and there were beer drinkers. With the recent onslaught of inventive beverages sneaking their way into the mainstream (we’re looking at you, sour beers and kombucha), lines are being crossed, and so too are loyalties to any one beverage. More adventurous drinking is becoming the norm, […]

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The Largest Winery in Rioja Is an Underground Architectural Marvel

The Largest Winery in Rioja Is an Underground Architectural Marvel

Spain’s renowned Rioja wine region is dotted with both traditional wineries and others that push the boundaries of modern design. Surprisingly, Rioja’s largest winery is perhaps its most architecturally significant. Designed by architect Ignacio Quemada Sáenz-Badillos in 2001, Campo Viejo appears from the distance as two small, modern buildings sandwiched between rows of vines on […]

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