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Author Evan Mah


High on the Vine: 18 grueling hours with the Court of Master Sommeliers

Evan Mah sits for a two-day lecture and his level one exam

It’s 8:15 on a Tuesday morning, and I’m standing among 100 or so people swirling wine in a glass and holding a microphone in my other hand. Shoulders slouched back, eyes fighting to stay open, I mutter my best guess into the mic. “This wine is clear, bright, with a brick red core and a medium concentration. Medium plus viscosity.” Read more...

2014 James Beard Finalists announced

Five Atlanta names make the cut

Early this morning, the James Beard Foundation, known as the Oscars of food, announced its award finalists 2014. Five Atlanta names graced the list. Read more...

Atlanta City Council passes legislation allowing food trucks to vend on limited public property

Spaces, for now, limited to Downtown, Atlanta City Hall, and the Georgia State Capitol

In what is the first step to a major legal victory for Atlanta food trucks, Atlanta City Council passed an amendment Monday allowing vendors to operate on certain public streets around the city. That means that as soon as Mayor Kasim Reed signs the bill (or seven days from now when the bill becomes law immediately), you could be in line to buy tacos from a truck parked in a metered space. Previously, trucks could only obtain permits to vend on private property. Read more...

High on the Vine: Falling for Spain at Barcelona Wine Bar

Beverage director Katie Rice will show you the way

When Katie Rice, now the beverage director at Barcelona Wine Bar, moved from Ohio to Atlanta back in 2001, she barely landed her first job at Roswell’s Van Gogh, now VG Bistro. “One of the interview questions was to name four grape varietals,” she recounts. “Merlot? White Zinfindel? Literally, I knew nothing.” Read more...

Ponce City Market announces its first restaurants

Anne Quatrano and Linton Hopkins are in, among others; Jamestown's Michael Phillips hints at what's more to come

Ponce City Market has announced the first batch of vendors set to open in its Central Food Hall. Dub’s Fish Camp (Anne Quatrano), H&F Burger (Linton Hopkins), Jia, Honeysuckle Gelato, and Simply Seoul Kitchen (Hannah Chung and Grace Lee) will open in one of the largest brick structures in the Southeast. Openings will be staggered: Dub’s, H&F, Honeysuckle, and Simply Seoul are aiming for spring 2015 and Jia is aiming for winter 2014. Read more...

High on the Vine: The New California Wine

Author Jon Bonne to host wine dinners in Atlanta and in Athens next week

On a chilly night in the middle of November, I was sitting at a table of four in the middle of a wine shop for a Burgundy tasting. We were talking about the wines that move us. Then one man quipped, “If somebody gives me a California Pinot, I always re-gift it. Yuck.” Read more...

By the ounce, the cost of cupcakes

A semi-scientific snapshot of six cupcakes from across the city

Abstract: Cupcakes: Can’t stop, won’t stop. But just when you think Atlanta might be sick of frosting, another Crayola-colored cupcake bakery opens it doors. A chain out of Beverly Hills, Sprinkles at Lenox Mall is the latest of the batch. On a recent visit I had hoped to grab a dozen for the office, but I burned those plans when the clerk said that a dozen costs $42. Between the ten or more employees shuffling behind the counter, the swirly mountain of icing on each cake, and the cupcake ATM machine that operates 24/7, running this place isn’t cheap. Somebody has to pay. Read more...

Does the "Disco" Kroger have the city's best wine selection?

Perhaps not, but its wine cellar is surprisingly impressive

One doesn’t think of Kroger for its inventory of top-shelf Bordeaux and magnums of rose Champagne, but just off the intersection of Piedmont and Peachtree, one Kroger has got the cru. Read more...

High on the Vine: Six wines for everyday drinking

Julie Williams of 4th & Swift shares her favorites

Wine can be a simple pleasure on its own, but some bottles can also wear you down. They might need food to balance, say, an intense earthiness or a high alcohol content that practically melts your face off. Read more...

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