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

glass half full: 12/22/2017

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)

When you sexually harass a whole bunch of people, always make up for it by offering them a recipe for cinnamon rolls.

After responding to the allegations against him and apologizing for his misdeeds, Mario Batali negates that apology in the next sentence:


Work hard, drink hard.

Christmas punch in Pennsylvania coal country:


No question about it: These are the good old days.

One glass of wine per day is enough, provided it’s the right size:


Want to open a restaurant and get rich?

Read this first:


On occasion, being shot four or five times is worth it.

Just ask this happy North Korean defector:


It’s not just for cold nights anymore.

If you’re in a hair salon and someone offers you a hot mulled wine, think twice:


                     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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