O Paparico: Top Portuguese Restaurant in Porto

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There is no sign, there is no grand entry, there is simply a wooden door with a knocker.

“How do we get in?” I ask Sara, who was dutifully watching over Mica in his portable carseat.

“The door isn’t open? Really?! Is this the right place?” she inquires, a little concerned that …read more

The King of Zweigelt: The Wines of Umathum, Burgenland


Austria, for good reasons, continues to be better known around the world for its white wines than its reds. It’s hard to compete with such an incredible wealth of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. And in truth, far more bad red wine is made in Austria than good. But over the …read more


While everyone was off worshipping at the Adelaide Festival Center at the annual Guitar Festival Sunday night, The Donkeys played three blistering sets at the Edinburgh Castle in Currie Street. Apart from gigs at Chris Crago’s party (Saturday) and another at the Semaphore Commo’s Club, Mick Wordley (bass) Jeff Algra …read more

Use This Flow Chart for Selecting Italian Red Wines

Italian Red Wines

A simple flow chart outlines nearly 50 different Italian red wines by taste. Find what Italian red to try next in a useful and relatable way.

Don’t worry, you’re not the only person who thinks getting into Italian wines is hard. Here are some illuminating reasons as to …read more


Sensual things go real blurry when your nose turns off … but only to you, the observant pervy sniffer,  feeling left right out … painting by DRINKSTER hero Ian Francis

The horrors of total anosmia:

language comes back last of all,

the words for the worst bits first


A few years ago …read more

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 21, 2014

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and …read more

Finally open

by Jeff Miller of Artisan Family of Wines (Seven Artisans, Sly Dog Cellars, Red Côte)
The day that I thought would never come actually came a week ago Saturday. That was the day that we opened for business and had our first customer. It was a very soft opening because we …read more