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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While we’ve certainly got nothing against bars at sea level, sometimes we want to take our drinking game up a notch — and by notch, we mean 10,000 feet. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about swigging $7 mini-bottles of booze on our next American Airlines flight.
Beer is losing market share to wine and spirits! Beer is the biggest alcohol category by far! Both are true, and both come from the same report. Wait, what? Michael Uhrich, chief economist at the Beer Institute, presented a number of fascinating and at times conflicting trends for the beer industry in a series of […]
I don’t know about you, but I have a thing about Italian food and wine. More so than with other countries and their wines, I just have to have Italian reds when I cook Italian-inspired dishes.
In the greenwashed ecosystem of conscientious consumption, few words are as bastardized as “local.” Your Stumptown coffee might be locally roasted, but the beans weren’t grown in Oregon or New York. The way we use the word seems disingenuous. Can a neighborhood brewery call itself “local,” then, if few, if any, of its ingredients are […]
An Aperol Spritz tastes like summer, whether you’re currently yachting in the Adriatic, or would very much like to be. The Austro-Italian cocktail features a simple, 3-2-1, Prosecco-Aperol-soda water rubric, making it easy-drinking and customizable. It’s popular, too. GQ, Vogue, and this publication have devoted ample word count to the simple pleasures of the spritz.
If you haven’t experienced the convenience of a crowler, you’re missing out. The crowler, or can-growler, is a 32-ounce can that takes the place of growlers in taprooms. It blew the lid off the shortcomings of the glass growler in 2013, and yet is still a concept somewhat foreign to those who don’t frequent brewery […]
“It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!” lamely jokes the guy in your office who thinks he’s being naughty for having a light beer at a 3:30 p.m. offsite meeting. Today his coworkers might snicker at his so-called transgressiveness. Yet for most of history, drinking before 5:00 p.m. was perfectly acceptable, if not necessary. Many people drank in […]
White wines pair beautifully with cheese. Liz Thorpe, author of ”The Book of Cheese,” says serving oaky Chardonnay with creamy havarti is “crowd-friendly cheese and wine 101.” The Kitchn swears by floral Gewürztraminer with gooey, pungent morbier. And Loire Valley chèvre is “perfect” with local Pouilly Fumé and other Sauvignon Blancs. Yet the French, masters […]