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Artful Lattes and Truffle-Friendly Wine

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. READ MORE >>

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Best Thanksgiving Tips

Instead of Cranberry Sauce, Try Chutney

Cranberry-Apricot Chutney

Classic cranberry sauce is great—but can be one-dimensional. Make Cranberry-Apricot Chutney instead, or try store-bought ones. Read more >

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Cheap Wine Challenge

A Fruity, Floral Red from Spain’s Ribeira Sacra

2011 D. Ventura Viño do Burato, Ribeira Sacra

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

Who: Brad Ball, proprietor and wine director, Social Wine Bar, Charleston, South Carolina

What: 2011 D. Ventura Viño do Burato, Ribeira Sacra

Why: “This medium-bodied wine is the perfect fall red, brimming with bright red fruits of pomegranate and red cherry, and intense floral notes of rose petal and geranium,” says Brad Ball. The wine is produced from the indigenous Mencía grape, which grows on some of the most dramatic vineyards in the world in northwest Spain. “It’s also just straight up delicious!” he says.

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This Old Wine

Lebanon's Weirdly Great Red Blend

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.

2003 Chateau Musar: This famous Lebanese wine is made by a charismatic storyteller named Serge Hochar, who kept Musar in production even as bombs struck nearby Beirut during the country’s 15-year civil war (as chronicled in GQ by Elizabeth Gilbert in 2004). Musar’s provenance is not it’s only unusual characteristic. It typically displays noticeable levels of Brettanomyces (a yeast that creates a distinct horsey smell) and volatile acidity (which creates a brightly unhinged salty-sour note). These things are usually considered outright faults, but in the case of Musar they add up to an unusually wild-tasting but excellent wine.

The (Wonderful) Effects of Age: Hochar says his wines shouldn’t be consumed before they’re 15 years old, but 2003’s fantastic weirdness is perfectly enjoyable at age 10. With notes of tomato, thyme and balsamic vinegar (from the VA) mixing with dried cherry and cinnamon, it’s a terrific example of a great red that has strong savory flavors in addition to fruit. This bottling is browner in color and brighter in flavor than the more darkly fruity 2004.

Drink It With: Daniel Boulud’s basil-crusted leg of lamb. Two of the grapes used in Musar, Carignane and Cinsaut, are typical components of southern Rhône blends, which are always a great choice with lamb.

Best Price Online: $44 at Woodland Hills Wine Company. (Find more stores.)

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At-Home Sommelier

Why Sparkling Rosé Pairs with Everything

Chef Ignacio Mattos, left, and wine director Thomas Carter of New York City's Estela.

Estela's Thomas Carter shares fantastic sparkling rosé pairings that show why this style of wine is incredibly versatile and food-friendly. Read more >

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