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

glass half full: 7/20/2017

Our weekly 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).

The Catholic Church is not a gluten-free zone.

Last week, at the request of Pope Francis, the Church issued guidelines concerning the composition of wine and wafers used at communion. Wafers must contain at least some gluten. The wine guidelines were fuzzier, and stirred considerable debate.


Filet of beef, hold the ketchup.

President Trump visits Le Jules Verne, Alain Ducasse’s Michelin-starred restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, for a meal with French President Macron:


The risks of writing a cookbook:

Turns out that the publishing world is just as abusive to celebrity chefs as they are to writers in general.


Unpleasant wine, drunken citizens: Party like it’s 1400.

The good old days were just old, not good:


Blue Apron stock is now cheaper than a Blue Apron meal.

Even on Shark Tank, it’s sometimes hard to distinguish between a hero and a zero:


Drink great wine and spirits at wholesale cost.

Finally, a trend worth celebrating:


                     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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