The restaurant’s wine director, Matt Bradford, spearheads the project
With the October departure of Carvel Grant Gould, who had helmed its kitchen for sixteen years, and with the opening of its own wine shop earlier this week, Canoe is entering a new chapter of its history. Matt Bradford, an advanced level sommelier and wine director for Canoe, is the force behind Cellar Door, which is located in the same shopping center as the restaurant. Bradford spoke with us about its opening, his selection, and how he plans to differentiate himself from other wine shops.Read more
Longtime bartenders Shanna Mayo and Kathryn DiMenichi step up to run the show
A major change of guard took place at LEON’s Full Service earlier this fall, but if all goes as planned, the only difference guests will note is new leadership. Longtime LEON’s barkeeps Shanna Mayo and Kathryn DiMenichi now co-manage the heralded program after restaurant-opener Miles Macquarrie headed down the road to oversee drink happenings at Kimball House. Mayo and DiMenichi share around 20 years of bar experience between them, and spearhead a stellar team that make, pour, and expertly recommend their way around craft cocktails and beer, and an inviting wine list.Read more
Local Three’s Nick Windler proves that you can pair wine with anything
It was the pairing I had been waiting for. In recent months I had explored pairing wine with juicy steaks, cheeses, Latin food, and Thanksgiving spreads, but Nick Windler, Local Three’s beverage director, was about to answer one question I’ve had all along: What goes with Cheetos?Read more
Plus, learn how to saber a bottle with a sword (or chef’s knife)
We may be done with Thanksgiving, but the holiday season is not done with us.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve are weeks away, the parties are only going to get bigger, and no drink says celebration quite like Champagne. In our December issue, Jennifer Sollinger at the St. Regis shows you how to saber a bottle with a sword. It’s a thrilling party trick, if done properly. When it comes to buying Champagne, you have choices, and below are five hot spots to find some fine bubbly.Read more
Our new weekly beer and cocktails column debuts
Michael DiLonardo has got your back. As director of operations of Atlanta Beer Festivals, he decided to expand next month’s Atlanta Winter Beer Fest from one afternoon to two days.
“The first three Winter Beer Fests sold out,” DiLonardo said via email. “With the extra day, I’m able to include almost twice as many beers as last year.”Read more
Bacchanalia sommelier Andrew Harris offers advice
For those of us with less experience or smaller (read: nonexistent) cellars, picking wines for Thanksgiving can present a serious challenge. With so many foods, preferences, potlucks, and people, what’s a host to do? Andrew Harris of Bacchanalia sat down with me to discuss etiquette, pairings, and what he’ll be drinking this Thanksgiving.Read more
Kirkwood wine shop focuses on artisan wines, approachable prices
When Kyla Cox of Kirkwood’s newest wine shop, Savor Wine Boutique, said she would be stocking wine from Georgia, I secretly hoped that she was referring to the country. I didn’t even know if the country made wine, but I assumed that whatever grapes were there had to be better than anything from *this* Georgia.Read more
Founder Nick Purdy and brewmaster Eric Johnson share their plans
Wild Heaven Craft Beers, a company that started in 2010, led by Paste magazine publisher Nick Purdy and brewmaster and Athens’ Trappeze Pub owner Eric Johnson, will open a brick-and-mortar brewery in Avondale Estates this March. Located at 135 Maple Street, Wild Heaven will offer seven or eight of its Belgian-style beers and be set up in similar style to SweetWater Brewing Co. and Three Taverns Brewery with drink tickets and souvenir beer glasses. Purdy and Johnson, who will preside over a groundbreaking ceremony tonight, shared plans for the space.Read more
Italy’s wine culture can be difficult to grasp, but Zollicoffer breaks it down into ABCs.
As a way to summarize the often-confusing grapes and styles of wine in Italy, Eric Zollicoffer of Sotto Sotto breaks the major ones down to ABCs.Read more
First tours and tastings start October 11
A Belgian-style brewery in East Decatur Station, Three Taverns will give its first public tours and tastings this week. Nearly one hundred Atlanta restaurants and bars—including Brick Store Pub, Farm Burger, and Ormsby’s—have already started serving Three Taverns beer, and now Atlantans can see how it’s made.Read more