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We Asked 10 Sommeliers: What Are You Pouring on Valentine’s Day?

We Asked 10 Sommeliers: What Are You Pouring on Valentine’s Day?

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is generally celebrated with a drink in hand. We asked sommeliers across the country what they’ll be pouring on Feb. 14. Whether it’s a special bottle for one, sentimental favorite to share, or well-earned shift drink, here’s how 10 wine professionals will be drinking on Valentine’s Day. “Valentine’s […]

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America’s Top Beer-Drinking Holidays, Ranked (Chart)

America’s Top Beer-Drinking Holidays, Ranked (Chart)

According to the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), American beer sales peak the week of the Fourth of July. This surely comes as no surprise to those accustomed to pairing cookout hot dogs with ice-cold beer by the can or keg. It does, however, raise questions about our collective drinking and spending habits. Do most […]

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The Best Ways to Use Navy Strength Gin, According to Bartenders and Distillers

The Best Ways to Use Navy Strength Gin, According to Bartenders and Distillers

Spirits trends, like everything in the modern world, are dominated by extremes. Low-proof vermouths and other aromatized wines rule one end of the spectrum, while bottled-in-bond and other ultra-high-proof spirits punch through the other. And so it seems fitting that navy strength gin, a style that dates back to the 1700s, is becoming increasingly common […]

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Krug Cellar Master Eric Lebel Doesn’t Have Any Bad Wine in His Cellar (‘Sorry!’)

Krug Cellar Master Eric Lebel Doesn’t Have Any Bad Wine in His Cellar (‘Sorry!’)

Called ”the Mozart of bubbly,” Eric Lebel, Krug’s chef de caves, or cellar master, joined the 1843 Champagne house in 1999, appointed by fifth-generation winemaker Henri Krug. Every year, to create his legendary Grande Cuvée, Lebel and his team collect some 5,000 tasting notes, spanning new grapes grown across 250 plots, plus some 150 reserve wines. He somehow […]

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There’s Incredible Value in Quality South African Wine — It’s Just Up to the Rest of the World to Notice

There’s Incredible Value in Quality South African Wine — It’s Just Up to the Rest of the World to Notice

South Africa is the wine world’s next “it” region. What the Drinks Business once called “the ‘bad old’ days of South African winemaking” are fading into the rearview, replaced by stellar vintages and high-profile critical acclaim. “South Africa is now well worth considering because the wines are seriously undervalued and a new wave of producers […]

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