Brilliant Wine Born From Strange Weather: Cheval des Andes 2014 Vintage

An almost-calamitous change in climate led to a vibrant, elegant and unique blend

After visiting the 35-hectare Cheval des Andes estate a few years ago—just outside of Mendoza, Argentina—we have been anticipating their 2014 vintage. This elegant red wine is unlike almost any other, thanks to the year’s odd climate. It’s also the first vintage that Lorenzo Pasquini (Technical Manager and Winemaker at Cheval des Andes) worked on. The result is, Pasquini says, the most unique in the brand’s history. Regarding the uncanny weather, …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Lesbian archives, water on Mars, essential art terms, saying goodbye to Jonathan Gold and more

1. Farewell to Jonathan Gold More than a restaurant critic and Pulitzer Prize winner, Jonathan Gold was a champion of his native Los Angeles. Gold, who wrote with genuine fondness and excitement about his food adventures, passed away this weekend at 57 years old. With over a thousand reviews published throughout his career, he wrote about everything from “Korean porridge parlors, Lanzhou hand-pulled noodle vendors, …

“Connected” Glasses and Bottles Will Track Your Alcohol Consumption

Long lines at the bar, iffy brand loyalty, and out-of-touch leadership are among the woes of the liquor business—and issues that brands are looking to solve for their consumers. With “connected” cocktail glasses and liquor bottles, brands will be able to track consenting party’s habits, preferences, take their orders, and provide them with real-time discounts and recipes. The question is: it unnecessary intrusion or considerate …

Cow Tipping Creamery Ice Cream + Monkey Shoulder Scotch Boozy Dessert Drinks

Recipes that partner the family-run soft-serve with the acclaimed blended Speyside whisky

It’s the dead of summer and you still want to sip on a scotch from Speyside, but fear it won’t quench any sun-drenched desire. Austin’s family-run soft serve company Cow Tipping Creamery has developed a celebratory solution in light of International Scotch Whisky Day (today, 27 July). They’ve paired their sweet treats with Monkey Shoulder blended scotch whisky for a series of boozy desserts or …

The Legacy of Dom Pérignon’s Chef de Cave, Richard Geoffroy

From the masterful 2008 vintage to developing a worthy successor, Vincent Chaperon

Celebrating a new vintage of Dom Pérignon is always an event, and doing it at its spiritual home in the fields of the Hautvilliers Abbey in France’s Champagne region, all the more so. But this wasn’t a typical release. The adjectives and superlatives of the industry fly around faster than most can keep up with, but everyone is saying that the 2008 vintage will go …