Why You Should Give the Gift of California Wine

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
Vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara
Instead of the usual roundup of the year's best booze and wine books, all recommended without consideration for the delicious drops of liquid to which each tome pays homage, I've decided to run a series of reviews that include an appropriate pairing. Because what's the point of reading about wine if you can't simultaneously taste it? This is part three of your 2014 wine pairing gift guide.

Today's topic: California.

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How to Gift a Little Sherry Knowledge This Holiday

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
Instead of the usual round-up of the year's best booze and wine books, all recommended without consideration for the delicious drops of liquid to which each tome pays homage, I've decided to run a series of reviews that include an appropriate pairing. Because what's the point of reading about wine if you can't simultaneously taste it? This is part two of your 2014 wine pairing gift guide.

Today's topic: Sherry.

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Here's Why You Should Give Vermont Wine for Christmas

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
Instead of the usual round-up of the year's best booze and wine books, all recommended without consideration for the delicious drops of liquid to which each tome pays homage, I've decided to run a series of reviews that include an appropriate pairing. Because what's the point of reading about wine if you can't simultaneously taste it? This is part one of your 2014 wine pairing gift guide.

First up, the unique grapes of Vermont.

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Family Bonding Over Blending Wine at City Winery

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice

During adolescence, parents often teach their children the maxim that the best gift they can give is the one they make. Does it follow, then, that a better gift would be one you make with your parents? In the case of the Browns, it overwhelmingly does.

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Shopping for Cru Beaujolais: Where to Buy It and Drink It

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If yesterday's article on Cru Beaujolais piqued your interest, you've still got time to grab a few bottles for tomorrow's Thanksgiving feast.

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Merci, Beau Cru: This Thanksgiving, Try a Little Cru Beaujolais With Your Turkey

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Last week, a Beaujolais disciple emailed to say he would sic Ted Cruz on me if I recommend anything other than 'merican wines on Thanksgiving, and this guy loves Gamay (and is a Canadian). But at the risk of offending patriotic readers (and inviting that Texas hound to track me down), I am committing to the following statement: Drink Cru Beaujolais on Thanksgiving.

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The 2014 Long Island Harvest Through the Lens of Macari Vineyards

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For the New York wine industry, nervous anticipation of fall isn't about the return of fireside cocktails, knee-high leather boots, and felt fedora hats, or tacit permission to eat like a grizzly headed into hibernation. Autumn equals harvest, and depending on the quality of the growing season, which runs right up until the minute each cluster of plump berries is separated from its life-giving vine, that can be a joyous or heartbreaking occasion; a single, severe storm at or before picking can decimate a year's worth of toil.


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Women and Men Unwind, Spend Money at the New Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

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Tired Irish pubs, cougar lounges, generic happy-hour venues, and big restaurant bars have dominated the midtown drinking landscape for ages. Oenophiles, desperate to avoid insipid $9 pinot grigio and cabernet sauvignon specials foisted on locust-like swarms of undiscerning suit-clad co-workers, could only hope to snag one of precious few seats at slender Morrell's Wine Bar near Rockefeller Center to satisfy a Loire Valley chenin craving.

Relief comes by way of Aldo Sohm Wine Bar (151 West 51st Street, 212-554-1143). Here, eponymous Austrian Aldo Sohm, the longtime wine director at Le Bernardin, has, with the aid of Chef Eric Ripert, given the corporate and commuter community an elegant space to sip and snack.

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The Four Best Fall Food and Drink Tasting Menus

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Forget pumpkin beer, we've got sherry, cider, and lots of wine to drink this fall, all paired with edible expressions of the season. Here are four of our favorite food and beverage menus served around town this month.

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Want to Drink Better Coffee? Think About It as You Would Wine

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A few months ago, I had a conversation with a respected wine journalist and Master of Wine that left me incredulous for this person's surprising attitude towards coffee. Asked to expound upon the significant parallels between both drinks, a nascent but certainly timely topic, this industry luminary quipped, "The only thing I care about in my coffee is that it is scalding hot." It wasn't a joke; it was declared almost indignantly. This writer might as well have told me their favorite beer in the world was Bud Light. Maybe this Mad Men-era opinion was earned after multiple decades in the wine industry, but I like to think not; and if you think this way, you are woefully out of date as well.

How could a wine lover and educator, a connoisseur of flavor and devotee to complexity and origin, nonchalantly dismiss another comparably complex, fragile, and nuanced liquid gift from the earth?

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