Here's Why You Should Be Drinking Mead

Categories: Drink Up, Wine

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There's a lot of innovation going on in New York state's alcohol industry these days. Licenses for farm and microbreweries, wineries, and distilleries are cheaper and easier to obtain than ever before, leading to increased creativity and diversity in the booze sector -- great news for consumers who favor all things local, small-batch, and artisanal.

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Where to Look for Wine List Deals at Our 99 Essential Restaurants

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As we prepared to write about our 99 Essential Restaurants™ in Lower Manhattan, we spoke to the chefs and owners behind these places, asking them to discuss their history and unique place among the other eateries in this town. But we were also thinking of your wallet, dear readers, and so we asked them, too, to divulge the deals on their wine lists. Thinking about dining out this weekend? Use this info as a guide to pop a good, affordable cork.

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East Village Wine Shop Tinto Fino Closes Today

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Tinto Fino will close after business today.
After seven years at 85 First Avenue, today's the last day of business for all-Spanish wine shop Tinto Fino, Vinos de España. The shop is open from 1 to 10 p.m. today.

"It's incredibly tough," said owner Kerin Auth on Thursday afternoon by phone from the shop, located on First Avenue between East 5th and 6th streets. Auth didn't want to disclose her plans for the future, but said she's moving on to another company.

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Lauren Mowery's Unscrewed Column up for Best New Wine Blog Award!

Categories: Unscrewed, Wine

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Lauren Mowery has covered the wine beat here at Fork since the beginning of the year, and she's reported on everything from New York City's sherry queen to Brangelina's foray into Provençal Rosé to chefs who drink wine. And for those great pieces, she's a finalist for a Best New Wine Blog award.

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Giant Wine Sale Today Only at Astor

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What must be the city's largest wine and liquor emporium -- Astor Wines & Spirits, just around the corner from the Voice offices -- is staging their annual mark-down day, today only, November 28.

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