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Culture and Cuisine: Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar Reopens With a New Pizza Oven and a Renewed Focus on Freshness

Culture and Cuisine: Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar Reopens With a New Pizza Oven and a Renewed Focus on Freshness

Nov 18, 2020 17:00  |  Andrew Smith

“Have a cup of coffee. Relax, and enjoy the sculpture garden,” suggests Art Vasquez as he opens his arms toward the spacious patio.

It’s the beautiful home of Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar, located on ...

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Vine Social: A Look Back at the Time When the World's Largest Producer of Wine Was … Algeria?

Vine Social: A Look Back at the Time When the World's Largest Producer of Wine Was … Algeria?

Nov 17, 2020 12:30  |  Katie Finn

Death. Famine. War. Pestilence. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are a macabre thought indeed, but the stories from our history that tell of grim times are some of the most captivating.

Wine is no d...

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Caesar Cervisia: A Look at the Long and Not-So-Storied History of Malt Liquor

Caesar Cervisia: A Look at the Long and Not-So-Storied History of Malt Liquor

Nov 06, 2020 16:45  |  Brett Newton

I have been writing this column for more than three years now—and I know that because I have a nearly useless habit of numbering each column as I write it. OK, it was an entirely useless habit—until thi...

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Finding Fernet: Fernet-Branca Is Bitter, Herbaceous, a Hit in Argentina—and Making Its Way Into Many Craft Cocktails

Finding Fernet: Fernet-Branca Is Bitter, Herbaceous, a Hit in Argentina—and Making Its Way Into Many Craft Cocktails

Oct 29, 2020 15:30  |  Andria Lisle

Last week, a co-worker flabbergasted me with a thank-you gift for doing something that I considered a routine part of my job. It was a truly unexpected, generous gesture—and what she gave me was a sur...

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Vine Social: A Philosophical Question—Is It Better to Only Drink What You Know You Like, or Is It Better to Try New and Unknown Things?

Vine Social: A Philosophical Question—Is It Better to Only Drink What You Know You Like, or Is It Better to Try New and Unknown Things?

Oct 18, 2020 16:45  |  Katie Finn

A lot of interesting conversations happen in a wine shop when customers aren’t around. Sometimes we sit with wine-sales representatives and have a friendly game of one-upmanship regarding who had the ...

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Caesar Cervisia: More Than Seven Months Into the Pandemic, the Jobs of Service-Industry Employees Aren't Getting Any Easier

Caesar Cervisia: More Than Seven Months Into the Pandemic, the Jobs of Service-Industry Employees Aren't Getting Any Easier

Oct 14, 2020 10:45  |  Brett Newton

We are more than seven months into lockdown—and my job in the taproom has changed considerably.

My asthmatic taproom manager wisely self-quarantined immediately—what a strange twist of fate that I can ...

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On Cocktails: A Report on my Quest to Learn About 'Midcentury-Modern' Drinks and Concoctions

On Cocktails: A Report on my Quest to Learn About 'Midcentury-Modern' Drinks and Concoctions

Sep 23, 2020 12:15  |  Kevin Carlow

Midcentury-modern cocktails. “Palm Springs golden era” cocktails.

Is there such a category? I get asked this all the time.

Tiki first comes to mind. It began as a mix of escapism and cultural appropriat...

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End of an Era: Remembering the Legendary Lord Fletcher's—a Favorite of Frank Sinatra, and a Classic Prime Rib Destination

End of an Era: Remembering the Legendary Lord Fletcher's—a Favorite of Frank Sinatra, and a Classic Prime Rib Destination

Sep 17, 2020 15:15  |  Andrew Smith

For more than a half-century, Lord Fletcher’s has stood as a landmark on Highway 111—so it was with great sadness that we learned in August that the restaurant would not reopen.

It was especially sad f...

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