All posts by Evan Mah
Nicki Minaj? Train? Dave Matthews?
Everybody spends excess income in different ways. If you’re a celebrity, owning a winery is one way to do it. People like Drew Barrymore, Fergie, Sting—they’re all producing wine whether you want to drink it or not.Read more
Super limited availability at Vine & Tap, Restaurant Eugene, H&F Bottle Shop
Unless you’re that guy, you probably aren’t drinking Champagne regularly. The drink of kings that dates back to the Roman Empire, Champagne is one of the few beverages of the world that carries an inherently special and celebratory significance. It’s also bloody expensive, which is why many turn to sparklers produced outside of Champagne. Cava […]Read more
Bubbles, whites, and reds
After a long day at work, all I really want is a glass of wine. A platter of cheese or a board of charcuterie would be thrilling pairings, but most of the time, that calls for a fussy level of effort and planning I just can’t handle at that moment. For wines without food, I […]Read more
Hit the lanes with craft cocktails and wood-fired pizzas
Broad appeal is what we’ve come to expect in the last decade and a half from Concentrics Restaurants, the minds behind One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks, and the Spence, among others. The group’s founder, Bob Amick, has proven that even in a fickle business, he can draw in crowds and keep them coming. But does success run in the family? It would appear so.Read more
Fifteen dishes to try at Atlanta’s own Little China
If you know the Atlanta Chinatown Mall at all, likely it’s as the shopping center that’s home to dim sum mainstay Oriental Pearl. But the mall’s origins actually date back to 1988, when it opened as a cultural center to serve the area’s growing Chinese American population.Read more
A 1,728-square-foot apartment in Alpharetta’s Avalon project just leased for $5,070
During a tour of Alpharetta’s mixed-used/mini-city/outdoor mall development Avalon on Tuesday, the property’s developer Mark Toro commented they had just inked a lease for a two-bedroom, 1,728-square-foot. apartment for $5,070 a month. For reference, that same rent will get you a three-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot apartment at the Atlantic Midtown in Atlantic Station, the intown version of Avalon that Toro’s company manages. And there’s nothing in that price range at the highly anticipated Flats at Ponce City Market, where rental rates top out at $3,425 for a three-bedroom.Read more
It’s one of the most popular grapes in the world, but you rarely see it on wine lists
I know people drink Pinot Grigio because it’s one of the most popular varietals in the world and comes in jugs at the supermarket, but it’s been a long time since I last spotted a hearty selection of PG on a wine list. Sotto Sotto in Inman Park, for example, cellars the most Italian wine in Atlanta, and they’ve only got two. Slim pickings since Alto Adige in northeastern Italy is PG’s home. Bacchanalia, which has another extensive cellar, also only carries two. Bone’s, which has 20,000 bottles on hand, carries four.Read more
Is Atlanta a food truck city? We’re getting there.
Think of food truck cultures, and cities like Portland and Austin and Los Angeles come to mind. Not Atlanta. But six years since people like Greg Smith and Carson Young started pushing legislators, we’re finally seeing some major changes for the better.Read more
McCarthy tried ten wines from Trader Joe’s, including Two Buck Chuck. What did he think?
Not everybody has an opinion on wine, but even those who confess to know little about the subject have something to say about bottles from Trader Joe’s. The pinnacle of Uncle TJ’s wine collection is Two Buck Chuck (Charles Shaw Blend), which rings in at $2.99.Read more
Inside one of the biggest wine collections in Atlanta
It takes a lot of guts to cellar wine, the costly process of laying down bottles, letting them age, and waiting years before selling them to customers. Few have the confidence (business can tank quickly). Few have the money (thousands of dollars just sitting on a shelf). Few will commit the space (a room full of bottles replaces a room full of paying customers).Read more