An Insider's guide to restaurants, wine, spirits and culinary travel

glass Half full: 1/19/2018

A roundup of the most interesting food, wine and spirits stories on the web (because even Al Gore, who invented it, doesn't have time to read them all)

What it’s like to get sued by a waiter.

Think operating a restaurant in the U.S. is tough? Try moving to Argentina:


And all this time, we thought Champagne and porn were such a good match.

A French Count sues to remove his family name from the bubbly brand that hired a former porn star to represent them:


The strange saga of the $1.3 million bottle of vodka.

Forget about the precious stones and the 6.6 pounds of gold---all the thieves wanted was the booze inside:


And speaking of vodka: pair it with hot dogs and live to be 96.

Betty White shares her secrets of longevity:


Switzerland bans citizens from boiling lobsters alive.

Just take the humane approach, and talk them into giving themselves up:


Five skills that are improved by drinking alcohol:

Who says booze has no beneficial effects?


                     great wine for under $15?

It’s not a typo, oxymoron or stupid question. There’s a lot of very good wine at very low prices, but discovering it is a challenge---particularly when you’re strolling the wine aisle of your local supermarket or beverage superstore, staring at a tsunami of unfamiliar labels.

The answer is Mark Spivak’s Affordable Wine Guide to California and the Pacific Northwest, available as an e-book for $7.99. The book profiles 43 producers and contains hundreds of wine reviews, and gives you a clear-cut view of the good and the bad. The criteria are simple: What does the wine taste like? What kind of food does it go with? Is it worth the money?

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