• Combat Ready

    Enter the French 75. Named after a powerful piece of artillery, this glittery beast gained popularity in the shadow of WWI, and soon became a society...


  • Explore Argentina with Trapiche

    While there is a world of wine beyond Malbec, any discussion of Argentine wine really needs to at least touch on this noble grape. Whether you are looking...


  • Rum Rundown

    Nobody dreams of drinking gin on the beach. No one's looking for whiskey with sand between their toes. These honors go directly, and permanently, to rum: The...


  • Summer Chardonnay Round-up

    With yesterday’s official beginning of summer, it's about time I take a look at some of the white wines we will all be reaching for over the coming months....


  • 2007 Barbaresco Reviews

    There were very few of the 2007 Barbarescos that I tried that really screamed Barbaresco, and relatively few that really screamed Nebbiolo, for that matter....


  • How to Order a Drink Like a Pro

    The bad cocktail experience often begins with a failure to communicate. When it comes to ordering -- or creating -- an amazing cocktail, it's best to be...


  • Bordeaux: A Photo Essay

    As many of you may know, I was recently fortunate enough to visit Bordeaux. I was, naturally enough, on a visit to learn more about the wines and estates of...


  • Don & Sons for Father's Day

    It’s no surprise that wine will enter into my Father’s Day plans. Which wine is yet to be seen, as I’m going to let my Dad decide (it is his day), but...


  • Driving Sonoma II

    Last time we were driving around Sonoma (virtually, of course!) we ended up in Santa Rosa, just entering the southern reaches of the famed Russian River...


  • Wine Serving Temperatures [Infographic]

    Use this handy chart to find the proper serving temperature for your favorite wine.


  • Wine 101: Serving Temperatures

    More bottles of wine are ruined by being stored at excessively high temperatures than any other possible culprit. Unfortunately, there is not much we, the...


  • The 5 Bottle Bar

    It's not just a Mad Men fantasy. It can happen to you, too: The home bar that's so well-stocked, so neatly curated that cocktail hour becomes casual....


  • The Wines of Tetramythos

    The Tetramythos vineyards lie on the steep slopes of Mount Helmos, on Greece’s most southern tip of the Peloponnese peninsula. When I visited in April, the...


  • A Classic Crush

    Jeffrey Morgenthaler makes drinks that tell stories, the witty kind, all sly jokes and twist endings. At Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon, you hardly need...


  • Ch. Ste. Michelle - My Chateau

    For years, while I was in the retail wine business, people would ask me for food and wine pairing advice that ranged from the simple -- what wine matches Coq...


  • Mezcal Rising

    Once seen as tequila's rough-and-tumble brother (both spirits are derived from fermented agave juice, though the specifics of tequila production are...


  • Ben Schiller's Smoking Gun

    When Ben Schiller, head bartender for Chicago's BOKA, wanted applewood-smoked bourbon, he broke out the big guns. "I have a hand held culinary smoker," he...


  • Wine 101: Decanting

    After last week’s introductory email on wine (Wine 101: What is Wine?), I thought the logical next step would be tips on serving wine. Now, I know you’d...


  • Closing Time

    Mixology Monday, the brainchild of spirits writer Paul Clarke, is more pow wow than throw down. It's an online cocktail party that invites bartenders,...


  • Caves Jean Bourdy

    One of the oldest producers around, Caves Jean Bourdy has been making wine since 1475 in Arlay, Jura. We’re talking the Late Middle Ages. The mind reels....


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