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Peeps in the Cellar (News & Features)

Names of candy take up a lot of real estate in my tasting notes: Banana Laffy Taffy, Haribo Gold-Bear (the pineapple one), Trolli Peachie O’s.{image_1}These brands are relatable and engraved into my taste memory. My friends and I were bribed with them as children; there was...Read Full Story

Frenchette (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Jorge Riera may have relocated, but he has not reconsidered his allegiance to natural wines. The sommelier, who developed destination wine lists at Contra and Wildair, joined chef-duo Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr last April to open Frenchette. His list, like the menu,...Read Full Story

The Goods 2018 (News & Features)

The best new products we’ve found this year. Knockout Cocktail {image_1}With a long and storied history, Milk Punch is said to have been first made by British writer and royal spy Aphra Behn in the late 1600s. The boozy concoction is made by mixing a spirit with...Read Full Story

Game Changers | Champagne Non-Dosé (News & Features)

Once upon a time, when Champagne was a marginal climate for ripening grapes, growers and winemakers developed a tradition of adding a touch of sugar to balance the acidity in their wine. They called it dosage, which was usually in the form of sweet grape must, or ...Read Full Story

The Lighter Side of Grenache (News & Features)

Tasted blind, it only took a single glass of Priorat to change Deanna Gonnella’s entire outlook on grenache.Play that same game with grape varieties. Always marry gamay—it’s delicate, pretty, easy to get along with and comes from a good family (pinot noir is its cousin)....Read Full Story

Old Portugal (News & Features)

Before Portugal joined the EU, local producers featured their diverse range of varieties in wines they held back to grow elegant with age. Deanna Gonnella, who once shunned the Portugal shelf, now scans it for older bottles.Dean Fuerth was the newly minted wine director and on a tear,...Read Full Story

Retailer Challenge The NY Slice (News & Features)

Eight top wine buyers offer up their best pizza wines for $20 or less, then judge the results in a sidewalk taste-off.{image_1}First we asked retailers across NYC if they were up for pairing the city’s specialty with a wine from their shop priced $20 or less. Buyers from...Read Full Story

Graft (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Sandwiched between Pancito & Lefty, a mezcal-heavy taco joint, and Leon’s Oyster Shop, an auto body shop turned oyster-and-fried-chicken mecca with cheap beer and grower Champagne, you’ll find King Street’s newest gem, Graft. Owners Femi Oyediran and Miles White met on the team...Read Full Story

The Office (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

From Chicagoans Grant Achatz and Micah Melton, The Office is a different world from The Aviary, their experimental cocktail bar next door. Full of quilted leather, dark wood and animal hide, the focus is on Prohibition-era cocktails, with a twist. An Amaretto Sour gets a boost from...Read Full Story

Villanelle (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Go for the food—precise dishes based on whatever’s in season at the nearby Union Square Greenmarket—but save space for the drinks. The bar team works as hard as the kitchen, whipping up three types of oleo saccharum, as well as bitters, amaro, orgeat, tinctures and dozens...Read Full Story

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