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Best New Sommeliers of 2019 (News & Features)

Best New Somms 2019 The results of our annual Best New Sommelier poll have been revealed! Congratulations to the five winners: Mark Guillaudeu, Commis, Oakland, CA; Vanessa Rea, Eastern Standard, Boston, MA; Hannah Williams, Blue Hill Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY; Anthony Cailan, The Usual, NYC; Kat Hawkins, Shaw’s...Read Full Story

W&S 2019 Value All-Stars (News & Features)

{image_1} Friday Fish The beautiful thing about fish is that it takes no time to cook. Store some of these crisp whites and cool reds in the fridge; then pick up some fillets on your way home from work and toss them on the grill or into a pan....Read Full Story

New Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival to be Hosted by Wine & Spirits Magazine (News & Features)

{image_1} On June 2nd, SoCal wine and food lovers can get a taste of some of the top wines from the 2019 Restaurant Poll at The Unique Space in Downtown LA as we pour wines from more...Read Full Story

Three Sommelier Decades (News & Features)

{image_1} {image_2} 1990: Wine & Spirits publishes the first Annual Restaurant Poll, reporting that chardonnay makes up 44 percent of the most popular wines in restaurants across the US. {image_3} 1992: 60 Minutes reports on the French Paradox in November 1991. “Now people are drinking a glass of red wine at...Read Full Story

USA’s Best Sommelier Competes for International Title (News & Features)

{image_1}In February, Dustin Chabert, a sommelier at Spiaggia in Chicago and the market manager for DNS Wines, won the title “Best USA Sommelier” from the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI<...Read Full Story

Sonoma Wine Country Begins Fundraising for Flood Victims (News & Features)

{image_1}The rain that rocked much of Sonoma last week caused an estimated $155 million in damages. The Russian River rose 34 feet over two days, swelling to more than 44 feet by Wednesday, February 27—some 12 feet above flood stage. While many wineries escaped unscathed, not all were so lucky. Water rose...Read Full Story

The Riddler (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

The Riddler wins San Francisco’s bubbly battle by sheer, happy hedonism. The popcorn is free and the Tater-Tot waffles, topped with smoked salmon and crème fraîche, are legendary; the drinks run from a Chambong (yes, that’s a bong of Champagne) to grande...Read Full Story

À Côté (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Come for the wine list, one of the wildest, most unusual lists in the US; stay for the Mediterranean-accented food. Longtime sommelier Jeff Berlin dives deep into the wines of Eastern and Central Europe as well as Greece and Southern Italy, and splashes in some savvy, under-heralded...Read Full Story

Kin Khao (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Bangkok-born Pim Techamuanvivit puts out sophisticated dishes in her sleek downtown Thai spot. Château Simone is the rosé of choice on the short, well-curated list, where the rieslings include lesser-seen gems like Haidle and Dreissigacker. Must Eat: Spicy grilled squid and riesling

The Girl & The Fig (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Sondra Bernstein presents Sonoma’s best produce, cheese and meats with south-of-France flair at this posh dining room off Sonoma’s main square. She’s also gathered an exceptional collection of Rhône-variety wines, from Condrieu to California, including rare bottlings from wineries such as Paul Lato, Ledge Vineyards,...Read Full Story

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