Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
That gift-giving season is roaring toward us like some mammoth sleigh piloted by a crazy old coot in a red coat, so it’s time to start making some choices. For the wine lover in your life - or simply for yourself - this fall has been particularly chockablock with new wine books. Here are a few picks:
Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.
You might be set with your holiday shopping, having taken good advantage of Black Thursday and Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Personally, I wish there was a day of the week given over to shopping for holiday gifts of questionable taste. So I’d like to propose Wacky Present Wednesday. That would be the day you’d get big discounts on items that crack you up as much - or more - than whoever is the lucky recipient.
We're sharing our time-tested Thanksgiving hosting tips and recipes, as well as plenty from chefs, hospitality experts, celebrities, hosts and home cooks we love. Our goal – sending you into Thanksgiving with a confident smile on your face, and seeing you emerge on the other side with your sanity intact.
It might seem like a long way off - and a world away for people reeling from cuts to their food budget - but soon, you're likely going to sitting down to a dinner with loved ones (and a stranger or two), and feeling exceptionally lucky to be doing so.
Gratitude is the watchword, and it's incredibly easy to lose sight of that while you're bogged down in the details of serving a dinner that packs a certain amount of expectation. So how about giving yourself a break?
See all our best Valentine's Day dining advice
Residents of Knoxville, Tennessee, you are lucky this Valentine’s Day. Amazon.com just released a list of the 20 most romantic cities in the country, and you’re number one! Ranked second is Alexandria, Virginia; Springfield, Missouri, is third. This list is based on a mash-up of key signifiers, including sales of romance novels, romantic comedy DVDs and Barry White albums.
If you don’t live in any of those cities, and especially if you’re based in New York City, Paterson, New Jersey, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, or El Monte, California - ranked the country’s least romantic cities - you need to start thinking hard about extreme Valentine’s Day gifts. Here, then, is a sampling of super advanced chocolates that say I love you so, so, so, so much, even if we live in New York and aren’t buying enough Barry White albums.
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