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July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Like Butter for Chocolate

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Owen Dugan

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Red Pepper Bisque With Chardonnay

Chef Kelly Liken, Restaurant Kelly Liken, Vail, Colo.

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Lizzie Munro

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Big Wines in the Mountains

The Little Nell revamps its Grand Award winner in Aspen

Posted: July 19, 2013  By Harvey Steiman

Aspen, Colo., tucked high in the Rocky Mountains, may not be an ideal indicator of economic trends in America. But at the luxury hotel the Little Nell, the expensive wines have started to fly out of the cellar. It has sommelier Carlton McCoy shaking his head in wonder.

Bottles and magnums of first-growth Bordeaux and big-name Burgundy stud a 700-bottle glassed-in wine storage unit that holds a bottle or two of the most-ordered wines and some top-shelf labels. It runs the length of a cocktail bar at the entrance to Element 47, the awkwardly renamed restaurant that won a Wine Spectator Grand Award as Montagna, its previous incarnation.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Are You a Food-and-Wine Pairing Heretic?

I confess that I sometimes take the rules in vain

Posted: July 17, 2013  By Tim Fish

It's blasphemy, I know, but I don't always drink the perfect wine with my food.

Forget perfect: Sometimes I don't even remotely drink the right wine. This isn't a radical idea for old wine hands, but I think it's worth restating for new wine lovers. The right wine with the right meal remains the ideal, but who lives in an ideal world?

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

How Not to Serve Wine

Why is it so difficult for some restaurants to get it right?

Posted: July 16, 2013  By Matt Kramer

News & Features  :  Sommelier Talk

Master of the Sommelier Slam

California-based beverage director Emily Wines got her start in an award-winning cellar

Posted: July 10, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

News & Features  :  Matchmaking

8 and $20 Recipe: Simple Pesto Pasta with a Sicilian White

Easy tweaks, such as adding shrimp, make this summertime classic an ideal wine pairing

Posted: July 9, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

News & Features  :  News

Four Restaurants Earn First-Time Grand Award Honors in 2013

Wine Spectator recognizes 3,793 restaurants for their outstanding wine lists

Posted: July 8, 2013  By Nathan Wesley

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Should I have to pay for a glass of wine full of sediment at a restaurant?

Posted: July 5, 2013  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Can I sauté mushrooms with a Merlot?

Posted: July 3, 2013  

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Rum Gains Ground

Posted: June 30, 2013  By Jack Bettridge

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

The New Face of Fine Dining

Three new restaurants in San Francisco bring a casual vibe to elevated dining

Posted: June 30, 2013  By Harvey Steiman

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Letters

Feedback

Posted: June 30, 2013  

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

An Agrarian Model

Posted: June 30, 2013  By Sam Gugino

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Don Watson Lamb Trio With Pinot Noir

Chef Victor Scargle, Lucy Restaurant and Bar, Yountville, Calif.

Posted: June 30, 2013  By Lizzie Munro

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Wine and Hot Dogs: Let the Fireworks Begin

Time to have fun pairing wine with the traditional Fourth of July spread

Posted: June 26, 2013  By Tim Fish

Nail biting over the wine to drink with Thanksgiving dinner pales next to the challenge of pairing wine with a classic Fourth of July barbecue. That's one reason so many Americans reach for a beer.

I'm something of an anarchist when it comes to food and wine. There's too much fuss put into finding the seamless match in my view. Seamlessness is boring. I prefer a wine that offers a playful contrast and enhances the food or brings out something new.

And face it, if you can't be playful and have fun with food and wine on July 4, then you don't deserve to watch the fireworks.

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What do people really want to hear when they ask how a wine tastes?

Posted: June 24, 2013  

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Zesty Steaks, Eggs and Zinfandel for Independence Day

Two great recipes from Albuquerque chefs, plus 14 recently rated Zinfandels recommended by the editors

Posted: June 21, 2013  By Laurie Woolever

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  Features

A Wine and Food Tour of Mendocino

Known for its laid-back atmosphere, this Northern California county offers an authentic experience

Posted: June 15, 2013  By Tim Fish

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

Anderson Valley, Then and Now

Posted: June 15, 2013  By Marvin R. Shanken

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