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Gruet Winery in Albuquerque makes sparkling wines that sell for well under $20 and can hold their own up against — or even outdo — more expensive domestic bubbly.
Wine on tap is still struggling to break through. Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar in Astoria just installed a four-tap system, but the Four Seasons decided against it.
Aperitif wines are all the rage. Bartenders are excited about quinquinas lke Dubonnet, St. Raphael, and Bonal Gentiane-Quina, and chinati like Cocchi Aperitivo Americano.
Tiki bartenders have been known to encode their drink recipes to keep them secret. Painkiller is going against tiki tradition by sharing all its recipes online.
California gewürztraminer is rarely the most popular wine a winery makes, but most winemakers like to make a little of it on the side.
Drinking trends to look out for include the appreciation of the subtle flavors that come in a well-developed spirit, domestic spirits, and a continued move away from vodka.
A real swizzle stick isn’t a plastic thing that comes in your gin and tonic. It comes from a tree that grows in the Caribbean called a swizzlestick tree and is used to swizzle cocktails.