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Wines Not Required to List Animal Byproducts. How to Check

Wines Not Required to List Animal Byproducts. How to Check

Winemakers and merchants overseas are increasing transparency on labels in an effort to help vegetarians and those with severe allergies find wines made without animal byproducts. What? Didn’t you know most vintners use albumen (egg whites), casein (milk proteins) and isinglass (fish bladders) to filter their wines? It’s a process known as fining, in which […]

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• Manischewitz at Passover? Yes, in an Oy Vey Iz Kir cocktail

Manischewitz at Passover? Yes, in an Oy Vey Iz Kir cocktail

At Bon Appétit, we pride ourselves on being a safe space for Manischewitz kosher wine. Our editor in chief praises it. We’ve extolled it for its “sweetness, the full body, the allover oomph” that “allows it to go head to head with [Passover’s] truly ridiculous pairings, like borscht and chicken liver.” But despite our love, the world […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” with über journalist & author, Lisa Napoli

“a woman walks into a bar…” with über journalist & author, Lisa Napoli

You’ve heard her dulcet, seductive voice on public radio. Whether talking tech, the economy or lifestyle interviews, you are happily lulled into listening to every word Lisa Napoli has to say. Lisa has also been an Internet correspondent and columnist for MSNBC plus an early chronicler of the dawn of the World Wide Web for […]

• Alcoholic? Amsterdam pays workers with beer

Alcoholic? Amsterdam pays workers with beer

No, you didn’t read that headline incorrectly. A mostly government-funded program in Amsterdam pays alcoholics who clean street litter with beer. It’s all part of the Rainbow Foundation, a program started last year to help give alcoholics, homeless and drug addicts a fresh start. “I’m not proud of being an alcoholic, but I am proud to […]

• US Craft Brewers Seek Tax Break

US Craft Brewers Seek Tax Break

Craft brewers in the US are lobbying the Federal Government for a tax break but so are the larger brewers. The “Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act” of “Small BREW Act” seeks to reduce the tax paid on the first 60,000 barrels from US$7 to $3.50 and on the all following 31 gallon barrels […]

• How Beer Gave Us Civilization

How Beer Gave Us Civilization

HUMAN beings are social animals. But just as important, we are socially constrained as well. We can probably thank the latter trait for keeping our fledgling species alive at the dawn of man. Five core social instincts, I have argued, gave structure and strength to our primeval herds. They kept us safely codependent with our […]

• Game of Thrones Beer is On its Way

Game of Thrones Beer is On its Way

Somebody knows their demographic, very, very well.  Upscale geek, we call it. We like our games at least relatively thoughtful and our fantasy epics high-budget. And we like our beer craft. The New York Times is reporting that HBO and Ommegang brewery are about to announce a new line of beer based on Game of […]

• How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto by Eric Asimov

How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto by Eric Asimov

For many people, wine is an anxiety-inducing mystery as arcane as quantum physics, and with so many varieties, it’s difficult to know what to choose. As New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov argues, that puzzling uncertainty often prevents people from buying and ordering wine, depriving them of an exquisite, deeply satisfying experience. In How […]

• Congrats! Gastropub, Craft Beer Added to Dictionary

Congrats! Gastropub, Craft Beer Added to Dictionary

Every year, Merriam-Webster updates its Collegiate Dictionary — you know, that big book of words you referenced every once in a great while, in the era before Google — with words that, for better or worse, have become part of our lexicon. According to the Associated Press, Merriam-Webster adds about 100 such words to its […]

• Should a Wine List Educate or Merely Flatter You?

Should a Wine List Educate or Merely Flatter You?

PICTURE yourself on a first visit to a new restaurant. It could be French, Greek, Spanish, even American, specializing in the cuisine of any country with a wide-ranging wine industry. You place your order, maybe asking a waiter to describe some dishes to help decide. Then you look at the wine list, dozens of choices […]

• Mexican Distillers Fight Over the Word ‘Agave’

Mexican Distillers Fight Over the Word ‘Agave’

Who owns the word “agave”? A select group of tequila and mezcal producers would if a controversial piece of legislation in Mexico wins approval. Both tequila and mezcal — tequila’s older, smokier cousin — are made from agave, a breed of succulent that has been grown and distilled in Mexico for centuries. But agave is […]

• The Problem With Guides to Beer Drinking: There Just Aren’t Enough

The Problem With Guides to Beer Drinking: There Just Aren’t Enough

For newcomers to wine, it’s easy to find a guide to follow, but good luck finding their equivalents when it comes to navigating the world of beer. America is a beer-drinking country — we consume about 10 times as much per capita as wine — but you’d never know it from the state of beer-related […]

• Wine Trumps Salmon in War Over Water

Wine Trumps Salmon in War Over Water

Vineyards wrap the hills and march in straight lines along the highways and side roads of California’s wine country. Sonoma Countyalone draws visitors from around the world. That is where the problem lies. Forests of oak, Douglas fir and redwood once anchored the soil and helped create a healthy habitat for coho salmon. Then logging […]

• The secret to making adult freeze pops at home, Vegas-style

The secret to making adult freeze pops at home, Vegas-style

This weekend’s chemistry homework: Combine unknown proportions of water, ethanol and edible organic matter in a solution that can be frozen. But don’t worry. When you solve this puzzler, the payoff will be a refreshing, slightly buzz-making ice pop that’ll be just the thing to help you through a steamy Las Vegas summer. Alcohol-based ice […]

• UPDATE 2: Eric Asimov to Speak at Wine Bloggers Conference

UPDATE 2: Eric Asimov to Speak at Wine Bloggers Conference

We are very proud to announce that wine critic and blogger Eric Asimov will be providing a keynote speech at the 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia. Eric is perfectly positioned to provide a keynote talk as he both blogs and writes print columns for the New York Times. He is also on Twitter, […]