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Ruhlmann Crémant d'Alsace Brut

Ruhlmann Crémant d’Alsace Brut

Price: $21

Rating: 13.5/20

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Virginia Marie Lambrix 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir


Price: $20

Rating: 14/20

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Quinta Dos Murças winery in northern Portugal

Quinta Dos Murças winery in northern Portugal


Price: $40

Rating: 14/20

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The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution

By Tom Acitelli

(Chicago Review Press, 2013)

The Audacity of Hops by Tom Acitelli


Craft beer has come incredibly far in just a few decades. As Tom Acitelli describes it in The Audacity of Hops, the history of craft brewing in America is nothing short of revolutionary! From just under 100 U.S. breweries in 1980, there are now nearly 3,000. This explosive growth unfolded largely as a consumer reaction against the mass production of bland beer by big breweries.

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Shannon Ridge 2011 "Terre Vermielle" Vineyard Barbera

Shannon Ridge 2011 “Terre Vermielle” Vineyard Barbera


Price: $30

Rating: 13.5/20

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Virage Vineyards 2013 Dry Rosé of Cabernet Franc

Virage Vineyards 2013 Dry Rosé of Cabernet Franc


Price: $26

Rating: 14/20

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Terra d'Oro 2013 Chenin Blanc & Viognier

Terra d’Oro 2013 Chenin Blanc & Viognier


Price: $16

Rating: 13.5/20

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La Nuit en Rosé


La Nuit en Rosé

by Barnaby Hughes


Rosé is one of the world’s most underrated wines. It can be surprisingly affordable, incredibly versatile, and utterly refreshing, but the good stuff often gets lost among the oceans of White Zinfandel and other pink plonk being produced both here and abroad. A new rosé festival launching this month in New York aims to right this wrong.

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Viña Ventisquero 2011 Grey Carmenère

Viña Ventisquero 2011 Grey Carmenère


Price: $20

Rating: 13.5/20

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Beer vs. Wine Pairing Smackdown at miX restaurant in Las Vegas

Beer vs. Wine Pairing Smackdown at miX restaurant in Las Vegas


A Food and Drink Pairing Competition

by Bob Barnes


“The filet mignon will go very well with a dry Cabernet or a spicy Belgian saison.” Until recently you would not have heard a sommelier make the latter part of that statement, but times are changing. Proof of the leveled playing field for beer and wine was the “Beer vs. Wine Pairing Smackdown” held on May 21 at miX amidst the stunning views from the 64th floor of THEHotel at Mandalay Bay. The event pitted beer against wine in a five-course pairing dinner, each dish served with a beer and wine selected by the respective teams. Audience participation involved voting for the libation that paired best with each course; and selecting “Team Beer” or “Team Wine” buttons to wear, some choosing to don both out of a fear of commitment.

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