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

glass half full: 11/17/2017

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 solution to the North Korea problem: don’t nuke ‘em---just take away their booze.

Thieves heist 1,000 bottles of Scotch from a North Korean diplomat in Pakistan (Kim Jung Un’s father, if you recall, was a great fan of high-end Cognac):


The Budweiser decline saga continues, with Anheuser-Busch InBev shaking up the management team.

It hasn’t yet occurred to them to make better beer:


In search of the ultimate whiskey sour recipe:

Twenty top bartenders chime in.


It’s trickier than growing tomatoes.

What it takes to cultivate a backyard vineyard:


This beer costs $199 per bottle, contains 28% alcohol, and is illegal in 12 states:


When you’re fortunate that you don’t drink:

Sparing no expense, Xi Jinping serves some crappy Chinese wine at a state dinner for President Trump:


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