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The Best New Spirits of 2011

Paul Blow

I don't think wine makes a great gift. Its perceived value is tarnished by the way bottles are casually dealt out at the door by dinner p... READ MORE

The Best Books on Booze

Paul Blow

The best holiday gifts for the wine-, beer-, and spirits-lovers in your life are not actual bottles (unless those bottles are particularly... READ MORE

The Baffling Case of the Singapore Sling

Paul Blow

Whenever we visit New York, my wife says, "When you're in Manhattan, you've got to drink a Manhattan." I was going to Singapore, so I figu... READ MORE

Mineral Wines: Are You Actually Tasting the Dirt?

Paul Blow

As a kid, I used to go hiking in the Cascades, and one of my favorite memories was drinking water straight from the streams. Not only did ... READ MORE

Wines from “Bad Years” Are Secretly Delicious

Paul Blow

Fred Jones, a sommelier at Hearth in New York, recently told me of his success in pairing a 2004 Bordeaux with food. It was softer and fri... READ MORE

What Is Wet Hop Beer?

Paul Blow

According to the Beer Judge Certification Program, German Oktoberfest-style beer has "no hop aroma." Ironically, in the U.S. a new sort of... READ MORE

Even I’m Confused About Rum

Paul Blow

Trying to get a handle on rum is like shopping for computer equipment: The styles and choices are so complex that at some point you're li... READ MORE

Cocktail Nerds Rejoice: Real Quinine-Flavored Elixirs

Paul Blow

Quinine, nature's cure for malaria, is curiously on the rise in beverages. Besides tonic water, you can taste it in the recent imported q... READ MORE

How to Talk to a Sommelier

Paul Blow

You're at a restaurant and the sommelier comes up and says: "Would you like some wine with your meal?" Maybe you don't know exactly what y... READ MORE

New Gins: Will Somebody Please Love Them?

Paul Blow

If you just look at store shelves, you'd think that the U.S. has an unslakable thirst for gin. From Death's Door to CapRock to Berkshire ... READ MORE