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ExpatriateEditor’s choice for best cocktail bar experience in a one-year-old concept.Portland, Oregon Duke Ellington, ’60s British rock, or something more contemporary? Kyle Linden Webster, owner and creator of Expatriate, makes those choices every night as he spontaneously selects LPs to queue on the turntable.

Beer and Wines by the Glass Gain Volume Through Summer

According to data from GuestMetrics LLC, on-premise beer trends have improved in the latest four weeks, benefitting from the World Cup and driven by improvement in bars. This comes despite a softening of traffic in the overall on-premise channel and weakness in overall consumer discretionary spending.

Madrigal Family Winery Opens Tasting Room in Napa Valley

On Aug. 1, the Madrigal Family Winery of Napa Valley, a Bacchus Capital portfolio company, opened its new tasting room at 819 Bridgeway in the heart of Sausalito, California. The new Madrigal Winery tasting room is the first and only Sausalito tasting room to be opened by a brick-and-mortar Napa Valley winery.

Tips to a More Approachable Wine Program

This article is part two in a two-part online series about how restaurants can adapt their offerings and menus to wine drinkers. Click here for part one!The wine menu at Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar in Redmond, Washington, is reminiscent of an old geography textbook from middle school.

The Six Types of Wine Drinkers in Your Restaurant

This article is part one in a two-part online series about how restaurants can adapt their offerings and menus to wine drinkers. Click here for part two!There is not just one type of wine consumer, as any restaurateur knows.

Spazzo in Washington Revamps Happy Hour

Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar in Redmond, Washington, is pleased to announce a new happy hour menu now offered daily in the lounge from 3 p.m. to close. Located in the Redmond Town Center, guests can enjoy exceptional Italian dining that has local, seasonal ingredients at special prices available at hours that accommodate to anyone’s busy schedule.

Warming Up to Wines on Tap

Ten years ago, Todd Rushing’s peers questioned his notion to tap wine from a keg at TWO urban licks, the restaurant he owns in Atlanta.“Everybody thought I was nuts,” Rushing says. “There’s still romanticism of wine.

Restaurants Promote 31 Days of German Riesling

Wines of Germany has once again proclaimed July as the “31 Days of German Riesling” with by-the-glass specials and tastings at restaurants and wine shops across the country.For the fourth year in a row, Wines of Germany has partnered with Paul Grieco and his Summer of Riesling team at Terroir wine bars and Hearth restaurant in New York City for this promotion.

Charles Krug Winery to Open Italian Trattoria

Charles Krug Winery will delight locals and epicurean pilgrims to Napa Valley’s wine country on Friday, July 18, when the winery in St. Helena, California, formally opens its Cucina di Rosa Italian trattoria.

Umstead Hotel's Sommelier Receives Advanced Certificate

Hai Tran, sommelier of the Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina, has received his Advanced Sommelier certificate by the Court of Master Sommeliers, one of only 13 individuals nationwide to pass the notoriously difficult exam this July.

Roussillon Wines Sponsor NYC French Restaurant Week

Leading up to Bastille Day (French National Day), the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Roussillon (CIVR) is pleased to announce that it will be the exclusive wine sponsor of the New York French Restaurant Week, July 7-14.

Get Smart about Wine Apps

"If anyone should have one, it’s you,” I heard whenever talk of smart-phones erupted among friends. As a journalist covering travel, plus food and wine trends, I’m on six planes a month and often on tight deadlines for articles.

Macaroni Grill Uncorks Summer with Half-Price Wines

Romano’s Macaroni Grill is bringing back its Summer Uncorked promotion, its half-off program for wine bottles and wines by the glass, from May 26-June 29.Launched last year, the Summer UnCorked grew out of a longstanding promotion that runs on Thursdays, mezzo prezzo (half price in Italian), explains Megan Wiig, Macaroni Grill senior manager of beverage innovation.

One Year In: A Belgian Chef Leaves his Mark on D.C.

In chef/owner Bart Vandaele's B Too, a giant portrait of a pig snout hangs on one of the walls, peeking out cheekily from behind amber curtains. The snout sits above a corner of the restaurant, perhaps sniffing the guests' waffles or oinking at their selections.