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Best IPAs in America

As the craft beer world has grown to support over 4000 unique breweries around the United States, no style has kept up with India Pale Ale. As of …


7 Wine Documentaries Worth Your Time

WATCHING MOVIES all week sounded like fun. Watching a week’s worth of wine documentaries: not so much. As Jason Wise, director of the 2012 documentary “SOMM,” observed, “Wine is the thing that’s surrounded by a lot of action, but if you put in on a table it just sits there. Wine doesn’t do …


5 California zinfandels you’ll want to drink right now

Exceptional   Excellent   Very Good<p>California zinfandel can be exciting, especially old-vine field blends that include other grapes such as petite sirah, mataro (mourvedre) and alicante bouschet. The blend is not always explained on the label, but if a wine is truly “old vines” (and there is no …


Texas Monthly top 10 and restaurant news lead top stories

<i>Editor's note: It's time to recap the top stories on CultureMap from this past week.</i><p>1. <b>Houston dominates Texas Monthly's best new restaurants list</b>. …


The Top 10 Most Expensive Wines in the World

Home » Luxury Lists » The Top 10 Most Expensive Wines in the World<p>Since the dawn of civilization, mankind has relied on wine. For what purpose, we …


Standing desks 'increase pain' and slow down mental ability - new study

Standing desks increase bodily pain and slow down people’s cognitive functions at work, new research suggests.<p>Experts have warned that despite the “feverish” trend towards adopting the adjustable desks, there is little solid evidence to support their use, as well as concerns they may do more harm …


The Only Miso Soup Recipe That Can Actually Satisfy Me for Dinner

Most soups have me raiding the kitchen 30 minutes after my last slurp. But not this noodle-y, herb-packed exception.<p><i>Welcome to Never Fail, a semi-regular column where we wax poetic about the recipes that never, ever let us down. This week: the miso soup recipe that contributing web editor Sarah</i> …

Food Preservation

The Pros and Cons of a Le Creuset Versus a Staub Versus Something Cheaper

Shopping for an enameled Dutch oven isn't all that different from shopping for a car. No, really! Think about it — they're shiny, bright, and …

Home Improvement

Best Napa Valley Wineries to Visit

The best Napa Valley wineries to visit feature a tasting room in a cave, artisanal cheese pairings, on-site sommeliers and more <i>—Megan Krigbaum (with</i> …


Best Oregon Wineries to Visit

That Oregon, with its wet weather and short summers, could ever be famous for wine was in doubt until as recently as 30 years ago, when it began to …


Fall-friendly Washington Cabernets and Blends

Washington State is on the rise, and while Syrah may make waves, nowhere is quality more noticeable than in its Cabs and red blends. Here's what to …

Wine & Spirits

10 Luxurious New Stays in Napa Valley

Archer Hotel Napa<p>(Courtesy of Archer Hotel)<p>Opened in November 2017, the five-story <b>Archer Hotel</b> in downtown Napa lives up to the hype. It's all about …

SF Guide

Meet Six Producers Redefining Napa Valley Red Wine

Napa Valley is a place steeped in history and tradition, but that doesn't mean that the region isn't also constantly changing. Meet six …

Napa Valley

11 Plant Combos You Should Grow Side-by-Side

It's part folklore, part science, but companion planting just may help your garden grow.<p>Step back in time to embrace some gardening wisdom your grandparents may have practiced: The concept of companion planting, or planting combinations of specific plants for their mutual benefit. "The theory …


Michelin-Approved Mexican Restaurant From NYC Is Headed to Napa

<b>Gran Electrica</b>, a New York Mexican restaurant with a Michelin Bib Gourmand seal of approval, is opening a West Coast location in Napa at 1313 Main Street. The previous occupant at that address, the restaurant and Wine Bar 1313 Main, quietly closed over the holiday season, and the new restaurant …

San Francisco Bay Area

20 Birthday Gifts For Men That Score Serious Style Points

Save time agonising over the perfect birthday gift for him. We've rounded up 20 present ideas no man could resist, for every price point

Men's Fashion

The NBA's Secret Wine Society

The inside-the-bottle story of the intense love affair between NBA stars and the gilded grape.<p><i>A version of this story appears in GOLD RUSH: powered</i> …


The Best Courses to Help You Land a Job in Wine

Looking to get a leg up in the wine world? Here's a crash course in the various classes that will help you out.<p>If you’ve heard that working in the …


Gold Medal Recipes

Good morning. These are hard commutes some of us are taking these days, after long nights watching the Olympics, cheering the giant slalom, trying to understand curling, digging the slopestyle, eating a lot of fried chicken on the couch. The hard slap of the newspaper hitting the front door awakens …

Los Angeles

This Buffalo Chickpea Chili Is Loaded with Veggies

Growing up in the heartland of the Midwest, I come from a family who loves their chili thick and packed full of just about everything. I have a hard …


Perfectly Poached Eggs Made Simple

How to poach an egg? Master this simple yet sophisticated egg preparation and be a breakfast champion.<p>Making poached eggs doesn't have to be …


This Sweet Potato Bowl Is the Best Single-Person Dinner of All Time

This sweet potato bowl recipe is my guaranteed feel-good, taste-great weeknight dinner for one.<p>It took me a long time to be good at cooking for myself when I first started living alone. But I’ve gotten better at it—I even enjoy it sometimes—and I’ve learned some good tricks for making nourishing …


Panko-Crusted Roast Chicken Thighs with Mustard and Thyme

Who isn’t looking for a quick-to-make, easy-to-love dinner for busy weeknights? This roast chicken recipe will become one of your MVPs.


6 Recipes from Commander's Palace in New Orleans

From red snapper ceviche to coconut flan, these recipes are staples at the staff meal shared by Commander's Palace chefs and waitstaff.


The 15-minute HIIT workout to target abs

You can’t get a six-pack quickly, but you can work your way toward one with fairly short workouts—if you put in the effort. That’s where …


3-Ingredient Pork Cutlets: A Dinner Recipe You Can Actually Memorize

“Cheap protein, staple ingredients, can’t lose.” These are the words I imagine Coach Eric Taylor from <i>Friday Night Lights</i> might use when describing a winning game plan for dinner. If I’m right, then he would definitely approve of my grandmother’s easy pork cutlets: thin, lean cuts of pork loin, …


What to Cook This Weekend

Good morning. Super Bowl festivities are already underway in Minneapolis, where the New England Patriots will square off against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, and maybe you’ll greet the game with regional eats.<p>You could make some New England clam chowder or Boston baked beans (above), a …

San Joaquin Valley

21 Recipes That Will Make You Want to Cook Lentils

For as long as I can remember, I've been a big fan of beans. As a kid, I distinctly remember demanding "more pinto beans!" on more than one occasion, …

Healthy Eating

These Sheet Pan Garlic Mushrooms Are Side Dish Goals

We often see mushrooms as a welcome addition to an already tasty side dish or protein on a menu, but we forget they are delicious all on their own. …


SPY Guide: Pour-Over Coffee For Beginners

What’s the latest trend percolating in the coffee world? It’s pour-over coffee. Why is this happening you ask, while slowly tightening your grip on …