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

glass half full: 8/2/2017

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).

Can you hear the sound of that beer bubble bursting?

Goldman Sachs downgraded the stocks of Constellation and the Boston Beer Company because millennials like wine better:


The 15 cheapest and most expensive cities to buy a round of drinks:

If you’re thinking about relocating, get your priorities in order.



There is fondness, there is passion, and then there is insanity.

The truly frightening story of a couple determined to dine in every Cracker Barrel in the U.S.:


Think wine shopping is gender-neutral? Think again.

Men are doing more grocery shopping, which means they’re buying more wine. But their choices are made differently, something the wine industry needs to adjust to:


That lingering flavor of used motorcycle parts:

Ewe Ehinger is infusing bottles of gin with pieces of antique Harley-Davidsons and selling them for $1200. Why not?


                     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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