TIP OF THE DAY: Wine & Beer Gifts

Make a gift of a wine-tasting course or a home microbrewery kit even better: give it in tandem with a subscription to a relevant magazine (for wine, we love Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate—subscribe at eRobertParker.com). The recipient will enjoy being able to build on his or her expertise on an ongoing basis. One stein does…
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PRODUCT: Wine As “Table Decor” (With A Mantra!)

Does the label and fancy cap color influence your choice of wine? Post a comment. Photo courtesy HobNob Wines. When you’re an editor, you get hundreds of pitches (emails or letters) everyday, from product manufacturers or PR firms that represent them. The good pitches try to put a new spin on the product. Most products…
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NEWS: Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé!

Posters given to retailers and restaurants celebrate the arrival of the new Beaujolais vintage. As of today, the global phenomenon that is Beaujolais Nouveau will once again be in full swing. Perhaps the greatest marketing concept in the history of wine, Beaujolais Nouveau is a category promoted to international fanfare by George DuBoeuf, one of…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Peanut Pairing

Not every type of peanut goes well with beer.   March is National Peanut Month. People (and bars) commonly serve goobers with beer; the idea behind giving them away at bars is that salty peanuts make you thirstier for more beer. But there’s an art to pairing peanuts with libations: German Hefe-Weizen beers, with their…
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