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Noah’s Vines (News & Features)

The story begins in the Armenian highlands, in a dark cave dubbed Areni-1 by archeologists. It lies about 60 miles southeast of the capital, Yerevan, near the village of Areni in the region of Vayots Dzor. Mount Ararat’s snow-covered peak is visible for most of the journey from Yerevan...Read Full Story

Kadarka Wine Bar (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Located in what the locals call the buli negyed, or party quarter, near the famous “ruin” bars, Kadarka attracts not only hipster merrymakers but also serious wine drinkers, thanks to a list of more than 150 Hungarian wines by...Read Full Story

Doblo Wine Bar & Shop (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Nearly ten years old, Doblo is one of the original Budapest wine bars, stationed in the heart of the old Jewish Quarter. It’s also among the most welcoming, with exposed brick, elegant chandeliers, a 40-foot bar and live jazz....Read Full Story

Drop Shop (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

One of the first wine bars in Budapest, Drop Shop is also among the most serious—a place where you can ask for a “minerally” wine and the staff will give you a knowing wink. Owner Adam H...Read Full Story

Palack Wine Bar (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Palack (“Bottle”) is one of the few wine bars on the Buda side of Budapest, next to the famous Géllert Hotel and Spa—making it a convenient post-treatment stop for a glass or three. Multiple flights of three 1.5-ounce pours, each featuring a local producer, rotate...Read Full Story

MyWine Wine Bar & Shop (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Opened in summer 2018, MyWine is the latest addition to the Budapest wine scene. Two walls of Hungarian wines line the entrance, all available for sit-down or takeout. Spiegelberg, Ráspi, Barta and Kikelet are highlights. The purposely detail-poor wine list, meanwhile, is designed to encourage questions, like ...Read Full Story

Jeff Berlin on Tokaji (News & Features)

Berlin was pouring dry Tokaji far before it became cool to do so. The sommelier at À Côté in Oakland, California, for the past 15 years, Berlin is obsessed by the overlooked and undersung, with a particular soft spot for Hungary.{image_1} Berlin first discovered Tokaj about a...Read Full Story

Bar Isabel & Bar Raval (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Reservations have been hard to come by since Grant van Gameren’s Barcelona taberna–inspired Bar Isabel opened in March 2013. It has managed to sustain excitement and loyalty among Toronto’s foodies with an elemental recipe of outstanding food (including classic platos like whole roasted...Read Full Story

Alo (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Alo is the latest, and most ambitious, dining ticket to open in Toronto since Susur Lee’s eponymous gastropalace astonished diners at the turn of the millennium. Alo is a return to everything that’s no longer trendy: It’s hidden on the third story...Read Full Story

Chabrol & Cava Restaurant (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“We broke the first rule of restaurateurs,” confesses Chabrol co-proprietor and front-of-house man Niall McCotter. “Don’t open a restaurant for yourself. But we did.” With the Spanish-inspired Cava Restaurant already a Toronto classic, partners McCotter and chef Doug Penfold seized an opportunity proffered by...Read Full Story

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