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Seeking Enlightenment: Locally brewed Bière de Champagne

You could be boring (again) and ring in the new year with a glass of cheap bubbly . . . or you could impress your friends with something new: a locally brewed Bière de Champagne.

By JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  December 28, 2012

NYE 101: Pro tips on ringing in the New Year right

As is typically the case with any big drinking holiday, our advice for how to best enjoy New Year's Eve at the bars is to avoid it altogether.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  December 21, 2012

You're Doing it Wrong: Bubbly

From morning mimosas to midnight toasts, champagne is one of our favorite alcoholic beverages.
Don't worry. Our expert is here to help.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 12, 2012

Oyster quaffing

Oysters are the ocean's own raw bar. As easy little food it doesn't get a lot better. But what to drink?
What to drink when you're slurping
By LAYNE WITHERELL  |  May 13, 2011

Review: Downcity

As much as restaurants want to provide a calming atmosphere, with bird twitters or whatever in the background, the mood behind the scenes can be lethal.
Gordon would approve
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2011

Sparkle on Valentine’s Day

There are three basic Valentine's Day tactics: You can forget it and be forced to sleep outside with the large furry dog. Second, you can go out to dinner. Or, you can cook dinner in with a bottle of bubbly accompaniment.
Wine love
By LAYNE WITHERELL  |  February 11, 2011


The business of bubbly

Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin (say that a few times fast) is a woman after my own heart.
A Mainer's new book explores the queen of champagne
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2008