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Dr. Vino's Verdict

Wine by the Glass: Not Just for Suckers

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 wine by the glass is a rip-off? It's true that the markup is high. You'll usually pay as much for the glass as the restaurant paid for the whole bottle. On the other hand, it's much less expensive to try something new by the glass than by the bottle, and most restaurants are happy to pour you a splash before you even commit to a full glass. With the advent of wine preservation systems like the Coravin, more sommeliers are offering individual pours from rare bottles, too. These choices usually are expensive, but they can be a fun way to taste a fantastic wine when the cost of a full bottle would be prohibitive.

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In Search of Good Cheap Wine
Gifts for Wine Lovers

The Usual

Who Needs Craft Beer

Aaron Burgau's Beer of Choice

After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender's expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks. 

At Patois in New Orleans, Aaron Burgau updates classic Louisiana dishes. At his casual spin-off Tru Burger, he turns out burgers, Creole-spiced onion rings and fresh-cut fries drowned in gravy. But when he's finished, he reaches for dive bar staples: “Is Jack and water a cocktail? That’s what I drink,” Burgau says. “I also like Coors original. I lived a stone’s throw from the brewery in Colorado and I actually like the flavor. I’m not big on craft beers.“

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New Orleans Cocktails

Cheap Wine Challenge

The Wine Equivalent of Smelling Salts

2012 Domaine La Grange Tiphaine, Bel Air Touraine-Amboise Chenin Blanc

Here, wine experts reveal their favorite bottles costing less than $17. Many of the selections are lesser known but absolutely worth the search.

Who: Julia Weinberg, director of partnerships and alliances of the must-download wine app Delectable. Read more >

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The Food & Wine Diet

Chicken Thigh Ragù over Pasta with Barbera

Chicken Thigh Ragù over Pasta with Barbera

These healthy recipes are all created to pair with wine (a 5-ounce glass has anywhere from 110 to 150 calories)—all for 600 calories or fewer. Read More »

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New Slideshow

Fair-Trade Shopping Guide

Fair-Trade BarkTHINS

October is Fair Trade Month, which is part of a campaign to promote ethical and sustainable business practices around the world. Here, a collection of our must-have Fair Trade products, from quinoa vodka to chocolate bark made with crunchy fillings like almonds or salty pretzels. New Slideshow: Top Fair Trade Products.

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America's Most Sustainable Supermarket

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