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

glass half full: 8/31/2017

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)

There’s nothing better than a federal judge who doesn’t mind a little wood pulp in his grated Parmesan.

Here’s to the guys in the robes that set protective standards for us all:


Next time you encounter a threatening grizzly in the wild, distract him with some kale.

Climate change is turning grizzlies into vegetarians:


Those damned pirates---they’re so irresponsible.

Think herding cats is difficult?


If you think it’s bad now, just wait until the Super Bowl.

America is facing a national emergency of potentially catastrophic proportions:


In case you were wondering why you should always keep a gin and tonic on your nightstand.

Quinine: it’s not just for curing malaria anymore.

Just when you thought the craft beer boom was starting to head south.

Lagunitas releases an IPA brewed with marijuana extracts:


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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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