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The Chachas Effect

Lake Effect is SLC's bold new bar.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Utah drinkers get the bum's rush.

Rock the Rosé

Finally, pink wine is fashionable.

Sips of the Middle East

Discover the wines of Lebanon.
One of the fun aspects of visiting Middle Eastern restaurants is exploring not just exotic foods, but also wines, beers, coffees, teas and liquors.

Easter Cocktails & Mocktails

Springtime libations guaranteed to make your bunny hop.
In recent years, Easter has become a popular brunch holiday when we gather with friends and family to enjoy food and drink and the promise of warmer weather.

Cava Comes of Age

Spain's sparkling wine is a winner.
France's famous sparkling wines from the Champagne region—technically, the only ones that are supposed to be called "Champagne"—have become somewhat synonymous with all sparkling wines.

Vietnam by the Glass

Vietnamese cobra wine, salted limeade, sea horse whiskey and more.
When I was in graduate school in New York City, one of my colleagues hailed from Vietnam, and he introduced me to an exotic world (to me, anyway) of flavors and aromas that I'd never previously experienced. That included beverages I'd never encountered, too—both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Mr. Natural

Will Bucklin makes gnarly wines from ancient vines.
I'm pretty sure winemaker Will Bucklin would shudder at being called a hippie. I could be wrong, but I'm of the opinion that the proprietor of Sonoma's Old Hill Ranch winery (founded with siblings Arden, Kate and Ted) is probably uncomfortable with any label, except perhaps winemaker and/or farmer.

Bitters in the Beehive

Artisan bitters elevate Utah cocktails.
Not all that long ago, most Utah bars would have a lonely bottle of Angostura bitters behind the bar.

Celebrate Cerveza

Mexican-style brews, from clara to obscura.
If you visit either of the restaurants I reviewed this week, you'll have to enjoy your meals sans beer as neither eatery offers alcohol.

Spanish Wine-Out

Sip on these wallet-worthy wines from España.
It goes without saying that France's winemakers produce some of the world's finest wines. But then, so does Spain. The difference is that España oozes good wine bargains, while French values are harder to come by. The fact is that Spain is now the world's biggest wine exporter.

Eight Great Utah Brews

Shedding light on some underrated Beehive beers.
Thanks to a foundation laid by Utah's first two brewpubs, Wasatch and Squatters, the quality of local craft brews has risen to world-class heights

To Air is Human

Why wine geeks swirl, slosh, sip and spit.
At a recent dinner with my son, Hank, he asked me, "Does that really make any difference?" He was referring to the fact that I was swirling and sloshing my wine in the wine glass before drinking it. "It actually does," I replied.

A Kiss on the Lips

Try these sensuous cocktails for Valentine's Day or any time.
Valentine's Day is about nothing if not excess and indulgence. On that day each year, we splurge on chocolates, Champagne, gifts and special drinks and dinners to enjoy with our lovers.

Rhône Rangers

France's value-laden Côtes-du-Rhône.
The Rhône Valley in southeast France is a source of high quality, and often relatively inexpensive wines. It's made up of two parts—southern and northern—and the wines from each are quite different.

Where There's Smoke ...

Smoky and oaky sips.
Recently, a friend of mine asked if I'd ever tried a "smoky" wine. He recounted ordering a bottle of zinfandel in a restaurant and said he was "tormented as to whether or not I was drinking smoke or wine." The wine in question was California's Predator Zinfandel Old Vine ($15.98), produced in Lodi.

Sundance Sipping

Looking for libations in all the right places.
if you're looking to belly up to the bar during the next 10 days or so, here are some spots to try. You'll probably still see some celebs, but won't have to fight them for a barstool.

The Wines of Winter

Suggestions for cold-weather sipping.
Here in Utah, Mother Nature plays an influential part in my wine buying and ordering decisions.


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