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October 2016: Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, with Cocktails, Recipes and Formulas
Review by Caitlin Griffith on November 14, 2016


If you’re not already convinced of an amaro’s restorative properties, you may be after reading Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs. In his follow up to Bitters, author Brad Thomas Parsons ...Read Full Book Review

October 2016: Descorchados Wine Guide 2016
Review by Tara Q. Thomas on November 8, 2016


You may know Patricio Tapia as this magazine’s critic for the wines of South America and Spain. In South America, he’s best known for Descorchados, his annual guide to the wines of Argentina, Brazil, Chile ...Read Full Book Review

December 2014: Natural Wine: An Introduction to Organic and Biodynamic Wines Made Naturally
Review by Tara Q. Thomas on November 2, 2016


If you’ve ever been to RAW Wine—the London-based natural wine fair—then you already know about “that crazy Frenchwoman.” Isabelle Legeron, MW, is a vocal proponent of “natural wines,” using her website, television show and wine fairs ...Read Full Book Review

October 2016: Inherent Wildness
by Cyrus Limón on October 28, 2016


Berkeley in the 1960s may be remembered for student sit-ins and anti-war protests, but it was also a flashpoint for ...Read Full Book Review

August 2016 Web Exclusive Review: The 2016 Wine & Spirits Summer Reading List
Review by Caitlin Griffith on August 22, 2016


As the W&S staff ships out for ocean-front cottages and lakeside campsites right before Labor Day weekend, we’re bringing books along with our coolers of Muscadet and Txakoli—some newly printed, some we’ve ...Read Full Book Review

August 2016: Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
Review by Caitlin Griffith on July 25, 2016


To understand Polynesian pop in America, you can read Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener, published on the heels of his return stateside after serving in the Navy during World War II. Or you can ...Read Full Book Review

May 2016 Web Exclusive Review: Leisure hour
Review by Caitlin Griffith on May 18, 2016


Looking to create a feeling of la dolce vita as the summer months roll out? You’ve got all you the tools you’ll need in these two tomes on Italian-style drinking.

In our April issue, Jordan ...Read Full Book Review

February 2016: The NoMad Cocktail Book and The NoMad Cookbook
Review by Caitlin Griffith on February 5, 2016


Tucked into a pocket on the back cover of The NoMad Cookbook, bartender Leo Robitschek’s ode to the NoMad cocktail bar is understated and elegant, detailed down to minutiae, just like its namesake. In ...Read Full Book Review

February 2016: The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog Drinks Manual
Review by Caitlin Griffith on February 4, 2016


Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, who grew up in Belfast, have racked up numerous accolades for The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, a tri-level space they opened on ...Read Full Book Review

February 2016: Forager’s Cocktails
Review by Caitlin Griffith on February 3, 2016


Amy Zavatto, a longtime drinks writer based in NYC, recommends getting your hands dirty in Forager’s Cocktails. Almost pocket-sized, this guide should serve as a directive to explore your surroundings, looking for foods like concord grapes ...Read Full Book Review

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