Is there any moment more hopeful than that first pour of sparkling wine splashing into your glass? The swirl of tiny bubbles, doubling back in a creamy rush of foam, blooms to the surface beneath our noses as the wine world's most emphatic offering of something glittery and gorgeous to come.
One of the true pleasures of dining at a New Jersey restaurant with a great wines and a top-notch sommelier to match its tasting menu is the chance to sip a wide array of unfamiliar wines. And somm Carl Rohrbach did a stellar job of just that at elements
On chilly fall nights, there is nothing quite as cozy as a mug of hot cider - except for a mug of hot cider spiked with a shot of Snap. When added at the last moment, this ginger- and molasses-infused liqueur from Philadelphia's Art in the Age, inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch ginger bread, has the effect of an instant mulling spice.
Hard cider has continued surging, and new local producers such as Big Hill Ciderworks are making some of the best. In the heart of Pennsylvania's apple country in Adams County just north of Gettysburg, farmers Troy Lehman and Ben Kishbaugh began in 2014 crushing estate-grown heirloom cider apples, from Dabinetts and Kingston Blacks to Esopus Spitzenbergs.
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