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

glass half full: 8/9/2017

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)

The secret to longevity?

Queen Elizabeth reportedly enjoys four cocktails each and every day:


Before you attempt to scale that border wall, fortify yourself with a cold one.

Brewdog plans to open a craft beer bar on the U.S./Mexican border:


DNA: way beyond ancestry or proof of criminal guilt.

Scientists now say they can determine your wine preferences by analyzing your double helix:


It’s only August…

Can’t we save the pumpkins for Halloween?


Is rosé fatigue already setting in?

Man, that was quick:


Rebirth of a legend?

The Four Seasons Restaurant, in Manhattan’s Seagram Building, gave birth to the farm-to-table movement. For 50+ years, it was one of the most important restaurants in America---until the landlord kicked them out and handed the keys to three young wizards from the Major Food Group. How are they doing?


                     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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