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Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Drink Along with Bruce Collier

I drank it straight, chilled from the refrigerator. The nose is similar to slivovitz or plum eau de vie. It’s smooth, low burn, with a slightly creamy texture and mouth feel. There’s a plummy (though dry) finish and lingering aftertaste...
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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Drink Along with Bruce Collier

The Loire is also known for its wines, particularly the whites. Summer is the ideal time to explore some of these. They’re easy to find, reasonably priced, and pair well with fish, shellfish, lighter meats, and cheese. Red wine is also made in the Loire, and it’s worth your time...
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Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Chianti: Beyond the Straw Flasks

Chianti used to be iconic, in the wrong way. To people of my generation, the name calls up images of straw-covered flasks filled with cheap red wine, served (often ice-cold), in neighborhood lasagna-and-pizza parlors. The empty bottles were then used as candleholders...
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Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Our Fearless Beer Correspondent Reports from Miramar Beach

Rest assured, the fresh baked fragrance is more than a tease. The pizza here has an artisan look and homemade taste, cooked in a real brick oven that’s meticulously maintained to produce pies that don’t disappoint. And Grimaldi’s gets big bonus points for having an open view kitchen that lets you watch the pizzas being made in a superclean workspace...
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Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Joni Williams on Vinnie McGuire's in Destin

One of our all-time favorites is McGuire’s Irish Pub, where we’ve been going since as long as we can remember. And that precedes the location in Destin—the original is in Pensacola. They started out as a restaurant with well-prepared food that’s reasonably priced for the generous bounty they serve...
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Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Sweet Baby Jesus and More Must-Trys

At the Destin Whole Foods, this includes what is probably the best beer selection of any chain grocery store in the local area. For starters, Whole Foods has managed to magically pack a mind-blowing number of cans, bottles, singles, sixers and special holiday value packs in a not-so-big portion of the store’s rear aisle...
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Monday, December 4th, 2017

Just the Liquor Talking with Bruce Collier

Meet Beaujolais (BO-ZHA-LAY). For government administration purposes it’s a part of the Burgundy (Bourgogne) region of France. Wines of Burgundy are some of the most respected (and sought after) vintages in the world...