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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

Thirsty Crowd

Punch Editor Talia Baiocchi on Cocktail Lit and Her At-Home Test Bar

Punch's editor in chief, Talia Baiocchi (right) and deputy editor Leslie Pariseau.

For a woman whose apartment has essentially been transformed into the best bar in Brooklyn, it’s a true miracle that Talia Baiocchi is able to get anything done at all. But the fact is, she’s found a way to be super-productive despite all the bottles of sherry that surround her and the daily 3 o’clock beer she has while writing. Baiocchi, the former wine editor for Eater and a writer for numerous publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, is in the midst of writing a book all about sherry (called Sherry, in fact, and scheduled to be published next fall by Ten Speed Press). And today she launched Punch, a website devoted to exploring the world of cocktails, spirits and wine, through the eyes of talented writers, photographers, videographers and bartenders. Here, the plan for Punch. Read more >

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This Old Wine

A Zippy, Delicious French White

You don't have to be a hoarder or deep-pocketed auction-goer to drink well-aged wine. Here, we spotlight affordable old bottles to buy now.

2002 Domaine du Haut Bourg Muscadet Origine: Like another old Muscadet on the market (Domaine Michel Brégeon’s 2004), this Loire Valley white spent many years in concrete tanks on its lees (inert yeast cells) before being bottled. The result is a complex aged wine at a price comparable to Muscadets that are just a few years old. Though it’s available from just a few sources, it’s such a terrific bargain that it’s worth ordering online.

The (Wonderful) Effects of Age: Tart and crisp Muscadet will sometimes get darker and rounder as it ages, but this bottling is still amazingly zippy. There’s not much fruit, save for some lime zest, but there is a useful expression of what wine writers call minerality: wet rocks, oyster shells and a definite salty quality. It’s a tasty and very dry wine that’s tremendously interesting for its price.

Drink It With: Oysters Rocafella, Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi’s fantastic dinner party appetizer.

Best Price Online: $17 at Crush Wine & Spirits. (Find more stores.)

Related: More Affordable Aged Wines
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Follow of the Week

California Dreaming

Veggie Sausages

According to his bio, the L.A.-based photographer Tim Melideo is a vegetarian foodie who loves coffee and cake. Melideo's website doesn't mention his passion for beer, cityscapes, his wife and nice clothes, all of which he documents frequently and beautifully on Instagram.

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F&W Drinks

Emerald Green Cocktails & Prosecco To-Go

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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F&W Design Council

Owning a Brooklyn Design Shop

Brooklyn Design Shop Collyer’s Mansion

With its tree-lined streets and rows of Victorian mansions, Ditmas Park feels more like a small town than a neighborhood in the middle of Brooklyn, which made it the perfect location for the husband-and-wife team of Benjamin Heemskerk and Mauri Weakley to open their first store, Collyer’s Mansion. The couple leveraged her background in merchandising and his small-business experience to create a store offering a beautifully curated collection of antique finds, artisan goods and flea market curiosities. Here, they discuss their venture. Read more >

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