CityDrinks: Spring clean your wine list with new varietals, emerging regions

If you’re bored of the same old Chardonnay and Merlot, spring clean your wine list buy adding varietals from some of the world’s hottest wine regions, including southern Italy and France’s Loire Valley. “Ten years ago, it was hard to … Keep reading

CityDrinks: On the Port Side

Port is the latest drink to migrate from after-dinner to highball glasses. The fortified wine from Portugal is produced in several different styles with varying strengths, including white (very popular in cocktails) entry-level ruby, bolder tawny, late bottled vintage (often … Keep reading

CityDrinks: Drink Sparkling Wine All Through the Year

The start of the New Year is often celebrated with sparkling wine, and hundreds of writers have made suggestions for Champagne and other bubbly alternatives during the holiday season. We got our fizz on this NYE with a dry Gruet … Keep reading

CityDrinks: What You’ll Be Sipping in the New Year

Things that excite bar professionals about 2014: Fruity and spicy beers; barrel-aged brews; sparkling wines from all over; vino from Long Island and Virginia; cocktails made with ingredients that can fight the flu, or your hangover; an explosion of domestic … Keep reading

CityDrinks: A Summer Vacation Show and Tell

Kids aren’t the only ones back from break and ready for post-summer show and tell. We asked some top food and beverage pros across the country to share their favorite finds from their summer travels. Here’s what they smuggled back … Keep reading

Cocktails a Sommelier Would Love

Who says wine, beer and spirits have to stay separate? Cocktail experts are dipping into sommeliers’ stashes around the country, shaking up wine-driven cocktails that often showcase local grapes. At Chef Michael Symon’s Roast in Detroit, the Grand Traverse cocktail … Keep reading

When the Mercury Soars, You Deserve a California Rosé

It’s hot outside. And not in a pleasant, mid-summer-is-charming sort of way. No: We’re talking the kind of dehydrating heat and humidity that makes you crave little more than Gatorade and a seat right in front of the AC vent … Keep reading

Cool off with Summer’s Ideal Wine

Earlier this year, I was selected to be the American Ambassador for the Albariño Explorers Club, which promotes the amazing range of styles and expressions of the great albariño wines of Rías Baixas, Spain. In short, it means that I’ll … Keep reading