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

glass half full: 9/13/2017

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)

You may not have survived Hurricane Irma, but your wine did.

Forget about the human side of it---let’s focus on salvaging those wine collections:


One man’s trash, another man’s treasure.

Chefs are bringing “under-loved” fish species to the restaurant table:


We thought Red Chardonnay would be a runaway hit.

Five spectacular spirits failures from the creators of Bailey’s:


But what do the millennials say in return?

Chocolate now comes in a hedonistic pink color that “speaks” to the younger set:


How to avoid hiring chefs who are drug dealers.

A sober lesson for the 21st century:


Three new Masters of Wine explain how they ran the gauntlet.

How to pass one of the most difficult exams on earth:


                     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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