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  • Thanksgiving: What We’re Drinking | Luke Sykora

    Luke Sykora
    Senior Editor (SF)
    Loire Valley Pinot d’Aunis, Vouvray Demi-Sec and North Coast Zinfandel

    After brining a heritage turkey for days last year and still ending up unimpressed, I’m abandoning turkey once and for all this Thanksgiving. I’ll probably roast a chicken instead, using the method detailed in Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food.

    This year we’re going to a small gathering at a Buddhist friend’s house, so it ...Read More

    By Luke Sykora | Date Posted: Nov 26th 2014
    Posted in: W&S Staff, Thanksgiving Picks, Web Exclusive

  • Thanksgiving: What We’re Drinking | Patrick J. Comiskey

    Patrick J. Comiskey
    Senior Correspondent (LA)
    North Coast Zinfandel and old-vine mixed blacks

    My mother’s the daughter of a chef, so all my life I’ve been spoiled for most holiday meals, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Wine was never much of a focus, however. In fact the first time I paid attention to the wines at the feast was when I was asked to supply them, in 1996, not long after I’d moved to San ...Read More

    By Patrick J. Comiskey | Date Posted: Nov 26th 2014
    Posted in: W&S Staff, Thanksgiving Picks, Web Exclusive

Thanksgiving: What We’re Drinking

Check out what the W&S staff will be drinking and eating this Thanksgiving, with and without turkey. Read more ⇛

Carménère, Twenty Years On

Today is Carménère Day in Chile, celebrating the 20th anniversary since the carménère grape was first discovered. Read more ⇛

Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Sommelier Scavenger Hunt

In the First Annual Wine & Spirits Sommelier Scavenger Hunt, 5 teams were sent on a mission to present the wines that best represented their given region. Read more ⇛

The Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries of 2014

Our favorites this year: one hundred wineries from the US and a dozen other countries to buy, collect and drink. Read more ⇛

30 Best of California For California Wine Month

Each day in September, we'll feature an outstanding California wine from our 2014 tastings. Read more ⇛

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Top of the List: Chef & Sommelier Favorites

New York chefs and sommeliers pair off at Wine & Spirits Top of the List event, a benefit for NY/NJ Baykeeper.

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Dining Out

  • Meauxbar

    942 N. Rampart St.; 504-569-9979

    During its first decade in the lower French Quarter, Meauxbar was a quiet, locally favored restaurant serving American bistro-style comfort foods. The changes since its sale last winter—a modest renovation and a new chef, Kristin Essig, in the kitchen—have been subtle but significant. ...Read More

    Date Posted: Nov 24th 2014
    Posted in: Cuisine, French, Restaurants, Louisiana, New Orleans

  • Cochon Butcher

    930 Tchoupitoulas St.; 504-588-7675

    With its housemade hot Cajun boudin, duck pastrami sliders, heavymetal-inspired “Pig Slayer” t-shirts, Louisiana beer selection and roughly 15-item wine list so geeky it hurts, Cochon Butcher never seemed to deny its customers anything. But a radical expansion last spring immediately rendered its original 850-square-foot ...Read More

    Date Posted: Nov 24th 2014
    Posted in: Cuisine, Sandwiches, Restaurants, Louisiana, New Orleans

People

Best New Sommeliers

  • 2014: Amy Racine

    Growing up in an Italian-American family that took wine and food seriously, Amy Racine always knew she wanted to work in the food world. “From the second grade I knew I wanted to be a chef,” she says. As soon as she graduated high school, Racine left Ohio for Hyde Park, New York, to ...Read More

    Date Posted: Oct 1st 2014 | Posted in: Best New Sommeliers, 2014

  • 2014: Jeff Kellogg

    A bit of non-direction landed Jeff Kellogg at the doors of a fledgling restaurant group in Charlotte, North Carolina, 131 Main. After helping the group open and expand four restaurants and a wine bar, he headed to the historic Greenbrier Resort in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia. Kellogg was seduced by the history and pedigree ...Read More

    Date Posted: Oct 1st 2014 | Posted in: Best New Sommeliers, 2014

Restaurant Poll

Wineries to Watch

  • 2014: Mullineux

    Chris and Andrea Mullineux settled in Swartland in 2007, attracted by the region’s old-vine plots of syrah and grenache. The couple produces reds, but we were intrigued by their 2012 Swartland white. It blends old-vine chenin with clairette blanche and viognier, offering fresh peach flavors with pale scents of wheat and honey. And then we ...Read more

    Date Posted: Oct 29th 2014 | Posted in: Wineries to Watch, 2014

  • 2014: Zuccardi

    These are times of radical change in Zuccardi. Sebastian Zuccardi, third-generation owner, has led this traditional winery from Mendoza to explore the region in search of new flavors for its wines. At their new winery in Altamira, they are creating a series of wines deeply identified with their origins. Today, Zuccardi has a battery ...Read more

    Date Posted: Oct 29th 2014 | Posted in: Wineries to Watch, 2014