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Wine Journal
How to Taste Chocolate Like a Pro

After a recent discussion with Nicolas Cloiseau, chef of La Maison du Chocolat’s headquarters in Paris, it seems that there is a proper way to taste chocolate....

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Not Your Average Miso

This elevated miso has roots that run deep at this Manhattan restaurant....

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Chinese Cuisine: Nothing is Impossible!

When it comes to Chinese food, one cannot be limited by rules. It’s a lot of fun to try one wine with different dishes, or one dish with different wines....

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Why High ABV Beers Make Sense

It's true—alcohol content doesn't compromise flavor....

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How Important Are Tasting Notes?

Tasting notes are an important companion to scores, because they describe the wine’s style, personality and potential....

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The Life of a Cheesemaker

Ever wondered what it's like to produce hundreds of thousands of pounds of cheese a day? Get to know these three cheesemakers who found their true calling....

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Chinese Cuisine: More Than Peking Duck

As an important part of culture, food is never easy to understand, and Chinese food is even more complicated....

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The Four Waves of Coffee, Explained

What you need to know about the past, present and future of coffee culture....

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Get to Know the Alsatian Auxerrois Grape

It’s not an easy task to find an Auxerrois table wine (or Crémant) in Alsace, even though the variety’s origin is—almost always—Alsace-Lorraine. On the other hand, it’s not any easier to find an Alsace Pinot Blanc that does not contain a more or less prominent amount of Auxerrois. In fact, for Alsatian wine producers, both varieties are not the same, even though “the name Auxerrois has been given to several distinct varieties of Northeastern France“ (Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson, Julia...

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A Brief History of the Sylvaner Grape

In Germany, Sylvaner is anything but a rare grape variety. In fact, this centuries-old cross of Traminer and the now largely unknown Österreichisch Weiss played a prominent for during hundreds of years in Germany—as well as in Alsace, Switzerland (where today it is better known as Johannisberger), the Val d’Isarco of Alto Adige (Northern Italy) and certainly Austria....

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