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A Stress-Free Guide To Bringing Foreign Wine And Spirits Back To The United States

Duty free can be hassle free, with a few tricks
Jul 31, 2014 1:00 pm

If you’re searching for a cheap way to make your head spin, just look up the rules for carrying booze back to the U.S. from abroad. Amid a plethora of contradictions and misinformation provided by everyone from government officials to your favorite airline, you might find this little nugget: you can bring back as much alcohol as you like. Here's how.

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Nov 30, 2012 1:16 pm

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How I learned To Appreciate Vodka While Hanging Out In A Swedish Castle

1. Vodka is cool. 2. Leave the U.S. to find out why
Nov 29, 2012 2:02 pm

Writer David Farley heads to Sweden to figure out why it’s OK, and actually pretty amazing, to drink vodka neat. That’s without ice cubes. Straight.

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Nov 26, 2012 1:31 pm

Through November 30, you can enter to win a trip for two to Rioja, the world’s most famous Tempranillo-producing wine region. Vibrant Rioja will award a second prize of a Rioja Wine Dinner, including a $250 gift certificate, as well as over a dozen runner-up prizes of Rioja gift packs throughout the month.Enter here!

5 Great Places To Drink in Portland, OR

Think beer, cocktails, coffee and pinot noir!
Jul 8, 2011 3:01 pm
photo: arukasa on Flickr

In a post published last week, unemphatically titled 5 Great Places to Eat In Portland, Oregon, I emphatically wrote about the incredible restaurant scene I found on a recent trip to PDX (that's Portland, Oregon, for you outsiders). To paraphrase: Pok Pok, Le Pigeon, Castagna...

Chinese Bai Jiu Can Make A Man Cry

In Chinese, gan bei takes "cheers" to a new level
Jun 14, 2011 5:26 pm
Bai jiu in bottles
Photo: Munkeyspasm on Flickr

It was a cool night in Qingdao, the Chinese coastal city best known as Tsingtao beer’s birthplace, and I was about to black out in my plate of crispy pork.

I’d entered the restaurant — situated in a landlocked building resembling a boat — to dine with tourism officials touting their city’s bounty. Dinner at the table, as big and round as a full moon,...

A Visit to Armagnac Country

Going to the heart of this un-trendy French spirit
Apr 26, 2011 5:00 pm
Photo: chez loulou on Flickr

NOTE: You may have noticed a bit of an Armagnac theme happening over the past few days at Food Republic. We started with an intro to this unsung French spirit, explored the more rustic Blanche Armagnacs, and...

Traveling the Tequila Trail

Agave fields and distillery tours in Mexico
Apr 22, 2011 2:00 pm
Photo: Jenny Adams

If the words "tequila trip through Mexico" bring to mind hopeless hangovers and spring break, you weren't doing it right. Tequila is more than just a shot taken out of a sunburned co-ed's navel.

In 2006, UNESCO designated the blue-agaved region, along with the historic distilleries in...

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