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Rums of comfort: The seductive spirit is back
Rum may not have quite the cachet of single malt whiskey but it is the basis for many well-regarded cocktails. There is also a similar tradition of artisanal makers, found throughout the Caribbean. Jonathan Ray took on the task of visiting rum distilleries on a...  more
A master sommelier’s list of top wine regions to visit now
“Wine travel may well be the ultimate edu-vacation,” travel writer Katie Bell says, and it is difficult to disagree with her when she asks, “who doesn’t love ‘learning’ about rosé sitting on a sunny patio in Provence? Even the sommeliers preach the virtues of getting...  more
Food lovers, Las Vegas wants you for America's top culinary event
Las Vegas’ reputation as the paragon of glitz and the home of the unlimited shrimp cocktail buffet is probably deserved. Less well known is that the city is a restaurant showcase. “That’s because just about everyone who does restaurants at a high level has one in...  more
Six special-edition spirits for the serious collector
Use the holidays as an excuse to indulge if necessary, and a special edition single malt scotch or cognac can be sipped with pleasure all year. The extra special limited editions meant for collectors are more expensive but worth it, according to Bloomberg Pursuits...  more
Thanksgiving’s perfect wine pairing: Top American pinot noir
The Thanksgiving wine quandary is solved at last. Katie Bell promises to end your confusion about which is the best wine to serve with a feast that can include "every manifestation of cuisine imaginable." Her answer is American pinot noir--popular, high quality, and...  more
Stellar cellars: The proper way to store wine
“Today’s wine cellars are no longer dark, windowless basements but sophisticated, temperature-controlled galleries for the true connoisseur,” Nicola Venning says. And high technology has upgraded security beyond a lock and key. “Fingerprint recognition and wireless...  more
The rise of vintage champagne
It could be “the thirst for the kind of singularity that vintage embodies,” or just appreciation of its quality, but vintage champagne is getting more attention from wine collectors and aficionados. Tastings are expanding from different houses to verticals, where...  more
Seven key things to know about whiskies
Like wine, whisky has a host of producers around the world, from the everyday to the most rarified. Unlike wine, whisky is more stable and easier to store, which makes it easier to collect. And as a collectible, whisky’s status seems secure, with rare bottles...  more
Valentine’s Day gift or dinner? Rosé champagne is best choice for romance
Any reason to drink champagne is a good reason by definition, and Valentine’s Day is an excellent reason to enjoy a glass or two of champagne. As food and travel writer Larry Olmsted observes, ““Nothing in the world of food or beverage shouts ‘romance’ quite like...  more
The ultimate oenophile experience: Grape Camp in Sonoma
It is a wine immersion experience like no other, in the heart of California’s wine country. Sonoma Grape Camp is a chance to learn the wine business from vineyard to bottle. The lucky group of campers “harvests grapes at certified sustainable vineyards, blends wine...  more
P2: A new, even more luxurious Dom Perignon champagne
When the occasion calls for something special and rare, Larry Olmsted recommends P2, the “ultra-premium champagne” from Dom Perignon. P2 is something like aged champagne, allowed to rest in the barrel for years past the customary seven to nine years of aging that Dom...  more
First Steps to Wine as an Investment
Hearing about Bordeaux futures and the phenomenal results achieved at high-profile wine auctions may have you thinking of the potential returns on cases of rare wine, but the reality is quite different. In First Steps to Wine As An Investment, Christian Lipski,...  more