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Putting a Cork in Counterfeit Wines

From flavor and vintage to terroir, authenticity is the undisputed king of wine.That’s why recent scandals involving the discovery of counterfeit bottles represent such a danger to the core values of the industry, and to the credibility of upscale wine programs.

Some of the Best Wine, Spirit, and Beer Picks from 2015

Wine Enthusiast put together its annual Best of Year wine, spirits, and beer picks from 2015.For wine, its tasting panel reviewed more than 19,800 wines from around the globe. The top 10 in order were: 2011 vintage San Felice Grigio Gran Selezione (Chianti Classico); 2012 Michael David Petite Petit (Lodi); 2014 Trisaetum Wichmann Dundee Estate Riesling (Dundee Hills); 2011 San Vicente Rioja; 2012 Alta Vista Single Vineyard Temis Malbec (Valle de Uco); 2012 Domaine Cauhapé Symphonie de Novembre (Jurancon); 2012 Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley); 2012 Cayuse God Only Knows Grenache (Walla Walla Valley); 2011 Quinta de Foz de Arouce Red (Beira Atlantico); 2011 Borgo Scopeto Borgonero (Toscana).

Studying Wine with the CIA

Frankie Saunders, the head sommelier at The Miami Beach EDITION Hotel, isn’t just an expert wine taster—she’s a master salesperson, turning one to three cases of a specific wine in a week.

Sparkling Sips for Celebrations

The sound of bubbly being uncorked is as closely linked with the winter holidays—from New Year’s to Valentine’s Day—as gift exchanges and sweet treats. But even with the long-held tradition of festive sipping, a restaurateur’s continued challenge is to get customers to think outside of the box with food pairings.

Napa Valley Wine Train Offers Wine Flight with NFL Roots

Kira Devitt, the director of marketing for the Napa Valley Wine Train, admits she might be one of the few people in her office indifferent to sports. Perhaps that also qualifies her as the best available critic for the train’s Championship Wine Flight featuring choices with NFL-inspired labels.

2016 Restaurant Buyer’s Guide

Whether operators are looking to stock up on the essentials, from footwear to tableware, or seeking out the next breakthrough technology, this bountiful collection brings together a variety of the best products introduced into the restaurant industry over the last 18 months.

David Burke Group Launches First Private Label Wine

David Burke Group, will be its first signature private label wine called “Unvarnished” this fall. The wine was created in conjunction with award-winning Brooks Winery (Oregon) and blended by David Burke Group’s own corporate director of wines, Natalie Dulaney.

ENO Launches New Private Label Wines

ENO has partnered with wineries around the world to create private, custom label wines, exclusively available for purchase at ENO locations in Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. These custom wines will highlight worldly flavors inspired by seasoned winemakers of France and Chile.

Affordable Rich Reds

Two decades ago, a bottle of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon priced under $100 on a wine list might have made a serious wine drinker pause. The assumption: It must not be worth drinking.But in the current unraveling of an economic recession, that skeptic eye is no longer.

New York City's Carbone Debuts New Look on Las Vegas Strip

Marking Major Food Group’s first domestic expansion outside of New York City, Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick introduced their concept, Carbone, a successful restaurant in New York City’s Greenwich Village, to Las Vegas.

Ruth's Chris Celebrates with Top Rated Wines of the World Dinner

Ruth's Chris Steak House will host a "Top Rated Wines of the World Dinner" on October 18 at 97 locations across the nation. Top-rated wines and spirits from around the globe that represent the best of their regions will be paired with courses inspired by each country.

On-Premise Trends Moderate Through Early September

According to GuestMetrics LLC, which collects check-level data from Point-of-Sales systems from more than 10,000 restaurants and bars, on-premise trends moderated through early September, while sprits growth improved.