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

glass half full: 12/8/2017

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)

Your dog wishes he/she were in Germany for the holidays.

A retailer has unveiled a line of pet-friendly beer and wine:


The restaurant of your dreams.

For one thing, no clothes---but more importantly, no iPhones:


Forget cryogenics---VSOP is cheaper.

At long last, we get the skinny on Frédéric Chopin’s Cognac-pickled heart:


Anyone up for a glass of Chateau Egg Foo Young?

Why did we think the Chinese would buy Bordeaux châteaux and not change their names?


Dine with the stars.

Here are the cities with the most Michelin stars in 2017:


Some people are so greedy that they need to steal tips from busboys.

If you’re still under the impression that Mario Batali is a nice guy, read this:


                     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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