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Not Rum, Rhum!

Paul Blow

Now that summer's hitting its stride, we're getting squarely into rum season. And if you've been paying attention while drinking, you may ... READ MORE

True Greek Austerity: Assyrtiko

Paul Blow

This column will address Greek austerity measures. And by austerity, I mean restrained, uncompromisingly charged white wine: Assy... READ MORE

Four Obscure Yet Delicious Light Summer Reds

Paul Blow

Though it's still June, many parts of the country feel as though they're well into summer already, suffering screaming temperatures. Whil... READ MORE

When People Intrude on Wine’s Habitat

Paul Blow

It was with great relief that I learned recently that a proposed coal mine to be built just 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the town center ... READ MORE

The Shame of the Dirty Martini Drinker

Paul Blow

Adam Bryan of Bar Congress in Austin, Texas, told me that when he was manager of another great local spot, the East Side Show Room, he stopped carrying olives, one of the side benefits of which was that he could reject orders for dirty martinis without having to seem snobby. "The number of grossly dirty martinis served in this town is astounding," he said. READ MORE

Alsatian Wines Ride the Sugar Roller Coaster

Paul Blow

Alsatian wines seem off the radar these days. I don't often see them at restaurants; no one is talking about them in the media. It's a sha... READ MORE

Margaritas: Frozen or on the Rocks?

Paul Blow

Frozen or on the rocks? That question can really only refer to one thing: the margarita. And cocktail enthusiasts have learned to... READ MORE

Washington Wines Find Their Style

Paul Blow

Walla Walla, Washington, feels like a very remote place. Not least because it takes hours to get there from any major city—even from ... READ MORE

Fruit, Leaf, Flower, or Root: Tasting Wine According to the Biodynamic Calendar

Paul Blow

I recently tasted a lineup of wines, and they were all shut down—hardly any aromatics. I could feel the wines in my mouth, but could... READ MORE

Craft Beer Trends: More Flavorful, Less Boozy

Paul Blow

Bigger is better. That's been the mantra in the craft beer business for the last 15 years (mirroring the trend toward ever-higher-alcohol ... READ MORE