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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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F&W Drinks

6 Boozy Ways to Cool Down, from Mimosas to Champagne Shots

Coffee, wine, beer, cocktails—if it’s made well and it’s potable, then F&W editors will drink it. Here's what we tried this past week.


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Drink This Now

The Ernest Hemingway Cocktail You’ve Never Heard Of

The best way to celebrate Ernest Hemingway's birthday is with a cocktail. 

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The Usual

The Best Wine for Steak Is Not What You Think

Chef Wolfgang Puck, whose steak house mini empire Cut has spread to five cities, bucks the traditional pairing of big, bold red wines with buttery, meaty steaks. 

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What Editors Are Drinking

Ray Isle Loves Ageable Australian Riesling and Grower Champagne

Ray Isle Loves Ageable Australian Riesling and Grower Champagne

F&W's Ray Isle shares what he's drinking now: rosé Champagne that's for the beach and a fantastic Australian Riesling.

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Expert Guide

Stylish Sabers for Opening Champagne

There’s no more dramatic way to open a bottle of sparkling wine than with a saber. Here, three top design houses that are offering beautiful blades.

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Pairing Guide

What to Pair with Refreshing, Versatile Sparkling Wines

How to Pair Refreshing, Versatile Sparkling Wines

For F&W's simplest pairing guide ever, we placed wines into five basic categories. Here's what to pair with all kinds of sparkling whites.

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Essential Drinking

How to Save on Champagne So You Can Splurge on Caviar

How to Save on Champagne So You Can Splurge on Caviar

Fleury's Fleur de L'Europe is an entry-level Champagne that tastes a lot like a lovingly-aged vintage bottling.

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Dr. Vino's Verdict

For Champagne, Skip the Flute

Here's why a regular white wine glass is the best thing for sparkling wine.

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Dr. Vino's Verdict

Champagne's Great Growers

Champagne's Great Growers

Ever wondered where the experts stand on the best wine practices and controversies? In this series, wine blogger, teacher and author Tyler Colman (a. k. a. Dr. Vino) delivers a final judgement.

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The Bubble Report

Champagne Trends: Big News from Big Producers

Here, F&W's Megan Krigbaum offers a visual guide to buying Champagne for New Year's Eve, and the latest news from the region's top producers.

Champagne Matrix

Photos, clockwise from top left: Courtesy of Chartoque-Taillet, Gimonnet & Fils, The Rare Wine Co., Krug, Maisons Marques & Domaines, Perrier-Jouët, Bollinger, Moët, Nicholas Feuillatte.

Charles Heidsieck

This house’s Brut Réserve ($65) has long been a favorite among Champagne insiders. Now it’s even better. By raising the amount of reserve wines in the blend (which have an average age of 10 years) to 40 percent, new chef de cave Thierry Roset has given it remarkable depth and complexity for a basic brut.

Lanson

Lanson recently released a terrifically complex Extra Age Brut ($100), a blend of wines from three great vintages. Even more enticing: The house has also started selling library vintages from its cellars in Reims, some dating back to the 1970s.

Ruinart

With new Interprétation kits, Ruinart helps neophytes judge scents like sommeliers. The NV Brut Rosé kit ($99) has eight vials of scents, from pomegranate to rose, for you to sniff; then you can look for the same aromas in the wine. sherry-lehmann.com.

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