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Postcard From Italy: The Wines of Alto Adige

In Alto Adige, you’ll find massive sloping terraces of vines that soar thousands of feet into the sky, with conditions influenced by the Dolomite Mountains leading into the Italian and Swiss Alps. Maintaining vines that typically shouldn’t exist at elevations so high is laborious, but worth it for the wines the region produces.

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Raise a Glass to the Best New Bars of 2014

It felt like a marathon trying to keep up with each new bar that opened in Dallas this year. I’d be sipping my first-ever cocktail at one — probably something whiskey-based, or mezcal maybe — and murmurs of the next big thing would already be circulating. Every month presented a new opportunity to pull up a stool at a freshly polished bar and order a drink for the first time. Taverns, lounges, speakeasies, even noteworthy restaurant bars flooded Dallas with meticulously shaken craft cocktails and seasonally rotating draft beers. If you didn’t already have a difficult time deciding where to spoil your liver, you certainly do now.

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What To Drink Now: Malbec of Argentina

Hearty wines with bold flavors are the requirement for cool fall evenings, and some of the best comes from South American with robust Malbec from Argentina. The mystical air of Mendoza creeps into the luscious wines of the region, capturing the heart with the palate in every glass. Early on I became memorized by the allure of Mendoza, Argentina with the Andes Mountains rising in the backdrop of precisely trained vines in pergolas to ensure the best sun exposure for hot weather Malbec, Bonarda, Torrontes, Tannat and more. Though the Malbec variety originated in France it has found its home in Argentina, producing quality wines at the hands of gracious, talented and welcoming winemakers. Here are a few favorites I have recently tried of the variety. Some selections were sent for editorial consideration.

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Brisket and Wine at Pecan Lodge

By now you surely know all about Justin and Diane Fourton’s luscious, award-winning barbecue. But did you know that you can now wash down their brisket with a glass of wine? It’s one of several adjustments that Pecan Lodge has made since moving from Shed 2 at the Dallas Farmers Market, to a storefront on Main Street in Deep Ellum.

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What To Drink Now: Top 5 Reasons to Visit Napa Valley

Though harvest wrapped slightly earlier than normal this year, it is still the ideal time to visit one of the best wine regions in the world. I had a chance to visit earlier this month, enjoying several must do experiences as a guest of the wineries I visited.

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FT33 Launches a Barrel-Aged Cocktail Program

I’m sitting at the bar at FT33 with two wine glasses in front of me. In one there’s a familiar, grassy-colored splash of green Chartreuse, in the other a foreign yellow spirit. While technically also green Chartreuse, this liquor is the color of honey and smells sweet, like vanilla. Bartenders Tristan Price and Scott Augat watch in anticipation as I put the glass to my lips. The flavor is as sweet as the aroma, the sharp bitterness of the herbs are dulled by the oak barrel it was aged in. “This is delicious!” I blurt out while secretly wishing it was later in the day so I could order a proper, full-sized cocktail.

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Pour Judgment: Midnight Rambler in the Basement of the Joule Hotel

Midnight Rambler opened in the basement of the Joule Hotel at the beginning of the month, and has been shaking up craft cocktails every night since. The cocktail den was designed by the team behind trendy boutique — also located in the Joule Hotel — TenOverSix. The aesthetics are as curated as the drinks. The vibe is ’60s chic and the space is filled with brass bar stools, plush leather couches, vintage-looking (and actual vintage) tables, books, records, art and plants.

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