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News & Features  :  Matchmaking

8 & $20 Recipe: Lemon-Butter Grilled Salmon and Pinot Noir

Tweaking a classic combo for a lighter style of wine

Posted: June 11, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Scallops and White Wine for Father's Day

A great early summer recipe from the new incarnation of a legendary restaurant, and 13 recommended white wines to pour alongside

Posted: June 7, 2013  By Laurie Woolever

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

New York Hot Spot: Atera

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Pressed Caviar

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Owen Dugan

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Topping Rose House

A new inn and restaurant raises the bar on Long Island’s East End

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Owen Dugan

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

The ABCs of Sushi

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Harvey Steiman

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

The Culture of Sushi

A great cuisine has taken different paths in Japan and America, but delivers delights in both

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Harvey Steiman

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Dressing Up Tequila

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Jack Bettridge

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Sake's True Believers

Thanks to a hardcore group of fans, more high quality sake is available than ever before

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Mitch Frank

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Cracking The Sake Code

Like fine wine, Japan’s distinctive drink rewards exploration

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Kim Marcus

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

Excellence From the East

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Marvin R. Shanken, Thomas Matthews

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

A Band Apart

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Sam Gugino

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Asparagus Risotto With Sancerre

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Owen Dugan

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Terrific Tapas in Barcelona

It's a whole different non-trendy world

Posted: May 24, 2013  By Harvey Steiman

It was in Barcelona that I realized why they call it a tapas bar. You know what it's like in a crowded pub, the crush of humanity trying to get the bartender's attention over the happy buzz of the drinking crowd? The shoulder-to-shoulder throng pressed together in tiny El Xampanyet, near the Picasso Museum in Barcelona's Barrì Gotic, had the same vibe on a rainy Saturday afternoon. I could not fathom how a barmaid, er, waitress, could possibly get plates of croquetas and pintxos, not to mention glasses of cava, to those who ordered them.

Somehow Barcelona denizens, happily regaling each other in Spanish and Càtalan, navigate these treacherous scenes with aplomb. Here are my notes of five of the more popular tapas bars.

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Reds, Whites and Burgers for Memorial Day

Two innovative burgers from a great new book, plus 16 recommended reds and whites to match

Posted: May 17, 2013  By Laurie Woolever

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Keeping It Real in Mendocino

Known for its laid-back atmosphere, this Northern California County offers an authentic wine-and-food experience

Posted: May 15, 2013  By Tim Fish

In California wine country, Mendocino County is out in left field in more ways than one. Not only is it the Golden State’s most remote and northernmost wine region, but the attitude there is different compared to places like Sonoma or Santa Barbara. Life moves at a slower pace and the mindset is more unconventional, some might even say eccentric.

It’s not quite like any wine region you’ll ever visit, which is just what we discovered while researching “A Wine and Food Tour of Mendocino” in the June 15 issue of Wine Spectator.

News & Features  :  Matchmaking

8 & $20 Recipe: Indian-Spiced Grilled Chicken and Chardonnay

A warm side salad of wilted spinach and chickpeas rounds out the meal

Posted: May 14, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

From Farm to Table, Except for Wine

The new hipster restaurants of Portland, Ore., are emblematic of a national phenomenon

Posted: May 8, 2013  By Tim Fish

I spent a few days in Portland, Ore., last week, and you can't deny it has a distinctive personality, a combo of the laidback vibe of the West Coast with the rusty sneer of an old East Coast port city. It's also one of the hipster capitals of America. Every generation has its young, counter-culture crowd, from the beatniks and hippies to the punks, rappers and beyond, but today's hipsters have created a lifestyle. You may have seen it parodied on The Simpsons and Portlandia on TV.

One thing that distinguishes this new generation of hipsters is its passion for serious food and wine and, in the past five years, dozens of hip restaurants and wine bars targeting that crowd have sprung up in Portland. These aren't places you just stumble upon. They're generally smallish and quirky, hidden away in one of the city's numerous neighborhoods. You have to go looking for them.

News & Features  :  Seasonal

A Tasty Family Meal and Sauvignon Blanc for Mother's Day

Celebrate Mom with two great recipes from Union Square Hospitality Group's new behind-the-scenes cookbook. Plus, notes and scores for 12 Sauvignon Blancs from California and New Zealand

Posted: May 3, 2013  By Laurie Woolever

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Barcelona Channeling Japan

Two of the Catalan city's most exciting restaurants owe much to sushi

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Harvey Steiman

Here in Barcelona on vacation, I could not resist trying what by all accounts is the go-to sushi place, Koy Shunka. Having explored the sushi cultures of Japan and America in my cover story of the May 31 issue of Wine Spectator, I wanted to see how another great food culture, that of Catalunya, translates the subtleties of Japan's most famous cuisine using the products of the Mediterranean Sea, as abundantly revered here as those of the Pacific Ocean are in Japan.

And then, for good measure, wouldn't you know that Japanese cuisine and sushi would play a critical role in the latest venture from brothers Albert and Ferran Adrià (who famously closed his own celebrated restaurant, El Bulli). They opened Pakta in early April, serving what they call Nikkei cuisine. Sushi is a part of the cuisine, Japanese by way of Peru, an east-west fusion made famous in America by Nobu Matsuhisa.

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