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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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Dr. Vino's Verdict

Seriously, Don't Sniff the Cork

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.

Don’t you think it’s absurdly pretentious—not to mention pointless—to sniff the cork at a restaurant? Looking at the cork makes sense. If wine has seeped all the way up the side of the cork, that may mean the wine has been damaged due to poor storage. But in general, there’s nothing to do with the cork other than leave it on the table.

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Alexandra Guarnaschelli's Tips on Cooking with Wine
Taste vs. Price: How to Find Wine Value

Piejinks

Pop Culture Pies

Minny's All-Chocolate Pie

This week F&W is shining the spotlight on pies. But this isn’t the first time the flaky confections have found themselves in the limelight. Here, five pies in starring roles. READ MORE>>

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Cookbook Recipe of the Week

Luscious Chocolate Bread Pudding from The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook

Restaurant cookbooks aren’t usually very good, as far as the recipes go. But chef Michael Anthony (and a team of very hardworking editors and cooks) made certain that the 125-plus recipes in this hefty tribute to the New York City restaurant worked. Among the many outstanding ones we tried from The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook, was this completely perfect, fail-proof version of chocolate bread pudding with irresistible little chips of melty chocolate on top. GET RECIPE >

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Piejinks

Brilliant Food Photography Meets Master GIF-Maker

Pumpkin Pie ATV Rider

If there is one coffee table book you stock up on for food-lover gifts this year, it should be Big Appetites by photographer Christopher Boffoli. Published earlier this fall, the $10 paperback (on Amazon) explores a world of tiny people who tackle full-sized food, like this Pumpkin Pie ATV Rider. Boffoli’s caption: "Professional Driver. Closed Course. Do Not Attempt." We wish we could drive across a mile-long pie, but decided to see the next best thing. In honor of F&W Pie Week, GIF-maker Trevor Carmick of Tumblr’s cult Beer Labels in Motion, animated Boffoli’s work (left).

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More Pie Week on F&W

Obsessions

Dark Chocolate Dominance

Chocolate Truffles from Batch PDX.

Like a lot of people, I’ve become more of a fan of dark chocolate recently. (The rise in popularity might have something to do with its alleged health benefits; for one thing, it’s high in antioxidants.)

Coincidentally, there’s some great new dark chocolate out there—let’s look at some of them. Read more »

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Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

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