February 2012

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Going with the Grain

These whiskey producers use often-overlooked grains to create a kicked-up spirit.

Luxe Life: DeLéon 51

This cask-strength Tequila combines luxury and purity.

Jeroboams and Epic Poems

Finland’s burgeoning fine wine scene finds a foothold in Helsinki.

Vive la Différence Bordeaux 2009 & 2010

One vintage has depth and drink-now deliciousness while the other is more classically restrained and ageable. What is a Bordeaux wine lover to do?

Littleneck Clams with Wasabi-Mayonnaise Sauce Pair with Saké

This recipe combines the briny flavors of fresh clams with a kick from the wasabi for a simple yet delicious meal.

State of the Grapes 2012

A variety-by-variety snapshot of California’s key grapes—indicating which are thriving, which are shriveling and the dueling forces of nature and the marketplace.

Wine as a Destination

Traveling in wine country is more than a one-dimensional pursuit, for where there is wine, there is culture, activity and life at its fullest.

Uncorkings 1.2.12

News and notes from the world of wine.

How To: Use Roses in a Champagne Cocktail

Learn how to infuse your sparkler with roses in three easy steps.

International Cocktails

International drinks that reflect diverse global cultures.

Sipping with the Saints

In the world of wine, Saints offer plenty of inspiration.

Five Wine Styles to Splurge On

Chicago-based Sommelier Dan Pilkey shells out extra for these stellar wines.

Virginia, United States

Historically significant sites, picturesque pastoral landscapes, elegant equestrians and affable winemakers set Virginia apart as an excellent wine destination on the East Coast.

Mixologist of the Month: Sean Beck

The beverage director of Backstreet Cafe, Hugo’s, and Trevisio Restaurants.

Champagne, France

Regal chateaus and atmospheric manor houses set the stage for a destination that’s refined and distinctively French.

Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary

Located in the foothills of Northern Hungary, the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region has been famous for its delicious sweet wines for centuries.

Colchagua Valley, Chile

Colchagua is an oasis of rural calm with just enough sophistication to whet the wine traveler’s appetite.

Mosel Valley, Germany

Close to Frankfurt’s Hahn Airport, the picturesque Mosel Valley offers atmospheric, tourist-friendly villages flanked by dramatic, nearly vertical vineyards.

Santa Barbara, California

That’s thanks in equal parts to its Hollywood-style glamour, palm tree-fringed sandy beaches, fashionable resorts, great cuisine, endless shopping and one of the most beautiful wine regions in California.

Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand

The pre-eminent new region for Pinot Noir, Central Otago has also starred as a setting for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the upcoming The Hobbit films.

Out of the Box

Add panache to your home party with these unusual wine and food serving tips.

Six Wine Retreats

Indulge in one of these upscale wine resorts around the world.

Perfect Pairings for Haute Pastry

Katzie Guy-Hamilton, executive pastry chef at New York Central at the Grand Hyatt, tells W.E. the latest trends in the wide world of pastry and wine pairings.

Priorat-Cambrils, Spain

Priorat is rugged and hilly, with towns populated by as few as 25, and often no more than 500, inhabitants, and connected by serpentine roads that can be as dizzying as they are scenic.

Mardi Gras Made Easy

Live large with this Fat Tuesday feast, complete with New Orleans's best dishes and libations.
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