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

glass half full: 2/2/2018

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)

Bacardi buys Patron Tequila for $5.1 billion:

Just some spare change that was burning a hole in their pocket:


We don’t need no stinkin’ Michelin stars.

Sebastien Bras tells the Michelin Guide to shove it:


When men were men:

The drinking habits of the French Foreign Legion:


Think it’s glamorous to be a private chef?

Turns out it’s even worse than owning a restaurant, if that can be imagined:


Never order more than five drinks on a first date.

Depending, of course, on what your companion looks like:


If you’re sent to prison in New Jersey, bring a copy of The Wine Spectator with you.

Maybe you can barter the banned magazine for a pack of cigarettes:


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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.

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