The Midwesterners Creating Their Own Natural Wine Scene

When Jill Mott returned home to Minneapolis after she received her sommelier certificate in Chicago in 2011, she wanted to change the city’s wine scene. She felt that, outside of Chicago, the Midwestern market for low-intervention wines lagged behind places like New York City and Los Angeles. “We needed to have these natural wines that I had in Chicago,… Continue reading The Midwesterners Creating Their Own Natural Wine Scene

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Editor’s pick: This Gourmet Vinegar Startup Wants to be the Ben & Jerry’s of Acids

Acid League’s gourmet vinegars can be used in salads, mains, desserts—and even as nonalcoholic stand-ins for wine. Serial entrepreneur and investor Scott Friedmann promised his family he wouldn’t launch another startup. But then he started to experiment with acid. Growing a range of fermentation trials in his basement with his culinary-inclined teenage son led Friedmann… Continue reading Editor’s pick: This Gourmet Vinegar Startup Wants to be the Ben & Jerry’s of Acids

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A Record-Breaking 571 Establishments Signed Up For NYC Restaurant Week To Go

NYC Restaurant Week breaks sign-up records this yearNYC Restaurant Week To Go, the upcoming mid-pandemic version of the city’s decades-old, semiannual Restaurant Week, is positioned to be the biggest NYC Restaurant Week in history, the New York Post reports. There have been 571 restaurants that have signed up to participate in this month’s program, far… Continue reading A Record-Breaking 571 Establishments Signed Up For NYC Restaurant Week To Go

How Pappy Van Winkle Became the World’s Most Coveted Bourbon

For a time, it was like a secret handshake. A sign of recognition between two people that they both belonged to a sacred order. Wright Thompson’s baptism into the church of Pappy Van Winkle happened back in 2005, when his friend and acclaimed Mississippi chef John Currence introduced him to the bourbon that would become… Continue reading How Pappy Van Winkle Became the World’s Most Coveted Bourbon

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Toast the Inauguration with this Biden-Inspired Cocktail

We won’t be watching the Biden inauguration together in a bar–and certainly won’t be traveling to D.C. to witness it in person this year–but we can still toast the day with a festive inauguration cocktail enjoyed in front of the ol’ live stream. For a creation that can be enjoyed both by alcohol-drinkers and non-drinkers… Continue reading Toast the Inauguration with this Biden-Inspired Cocktail

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The 7 Best Non-Alcoholic Spirits Brands for 2021

Non-alcoholic cocktails have come of age in recent years, thanks to movements such as Sober October and Dry January, and aided in large part by a growing selection of no-proof spirits. Where bartenders once turned to shrubs and syrups to recreate the profiles of spirits like gin and tequila, there is now a plethora of pre-bottled botanical-driven alternatives. Some finish with a… Continue reading The 7 Best Non-Alcoholic Spirits Brands for 2021