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Fall into fall with the Top 10 Steak Wines, Craft Beers, Bourbons and more!

FALL 2012
Autumnal Affairs
Vol. X, No. 3

Find ten bold wines to pair with porterhouses and more meaty fare

Bar Boulud in NYC, one of the best wine bars in the U.S.

In the wine cellar of Bern's Steak House in Tampa you will find pre-war Sauternes and seventeenth-century Madeira

WELL DONE

We all know steaks go with reds, but which varietals work best? Discover the best pairings with our Top 10 Steak Wines from Paso Robles, Australia and beyond.

For a neighborhood spot with a sweet selection of bottles, a savvy staff and smartly paired food, check out the Top 10 Wine Bars near you.

Find restaurants near you that distinguish themselves with well-curated wine lists on our guide to the Top 10 Wine Lists by city.

More Top 10 Lists in various categories.

BOTTLED UP

Did you know that the world's largest restaurant wine cellar is at a steakhouse in Tampa, FL? Take a video tour to discover how many bottles and labels it contains.

THE ROMANCE OF THE CORK

We chatted with David Wilson on his radio show "Grape Encounters" about the somewhat controversial topic of cork versus screw cap


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Bell's Oktoberfest, one of our Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers

SEASON'S BEST

Can't make it to Munich this fall? You can still get a taste of Bavaria with our Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers, featuring malty, full-bodied German-style lagers.

Light beer is so vanilla. Find thick black beers, brown ales, lagers and seasonal specialties on our list of Top 10 Fall Beers to warm up on a nippy autumn night.

Or explore the finest microbrews in the world (monks? check.) with our list of Top 10 Craft Beers


Create artisanal cocktails at home with ingredients from your own garden with the help of Edible Cocktails

CRAFT COCKTAILS & BARGAIN BOTTLES

If you're a fan of artisanal drinks, you'll like Edible Cocktails, featuring more than 100 recipes utilizing ingredients from your own garden — from basil to beets and berries.

 Everyone loves a steal. In her oeuvre, Unquenchable, Natalie MacLean takes readers around the world in search of good wines at bargain prices.

Open 2,000 bottles of wine with the Screwpull Lever Model

CLIP AND SIP

We think that opening wine should be as simple as drinking it. Le Creuset, a leading manufacturer of kitchenware, had the same idea with the Screwpull Lever Model with its ultra long-lasting screw.

More great wine accessories

Read our Top 10 Tequilas list to find premium spirits like Don Julio Real, an extra-anejo offering aged up to five years in American white oak barrels


Hennessy Line of Cognacs (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Hennessy/AP Images)

SALUD!

No mixtos here! For premium, 100 per cent pure blue agave spirits crafted according to the traditional Mexican method, check out our list of the Top 10 Tequilas

Add some sparkle to your bartending skills with this recipe for a tasty — and trendy — Carbonated Cointreau Margarita

Explore our Top 10 Bourbons to find fine, oak-barrel-aged whiskeys crafted in the traditional Kentucky style.

If you're going to learn about Cognac, you should take a lesson from a master. Find out all about this liquid gold from our exclusive video interview with Hennessy Maison Ambassador Maurice-Richard Hennessy.

We visited the headquarters of Grey Goose Vodka in France to glean from Cellar Master François Thibault what makes this top-shelf French vodka so special.

Prevu Sparkling Liqueur is all organic

SNEAK PREVU

Imported from France, Prévu is a sparkling, 100 per cent organic liqueur made from vodka and Cognac and blended with blackcurrant, blackberry, raspberry and violet.


Relax among the vines at Les Sources de Caudalie in France

LOVE WINE, WILL TRAVEL

Plan a wine tasting escape with the help of our lists featuring the Top 10 Wine Country Inns in the U.S. and Worldwide

Check out the vibrant food and wine scene in Paso Robles, California, with the help of our 72-hour vacation travel guide.

Or pamper yourself with some vinotherapy at one of the Top 10 Wine Spas



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