Chris Hoel

Three keys to a perfect glass of wine more

Apr 14, 2016 6:00 AM Dining

Is Sherry the next orange wine, or an unsung hero? more

Sep 17, 2015 5:28 PM Dining

The Mexican spirit's not just about the worm. more

Jul 17, 2015 6:00 AM Dining

California's prolonged drought could actually produce higher-quality wine. more

Jun 19, 2015 9:30 AM Dining


Photo by Kevin A. Roberts

Rosés are made for drinking by the pool, on the patio, or in the bedroom... more

May 15, 2015 9:15 AM Dining

First, there was the craft beer boom. Now, the number of small-production distilleries is on the rise. more

Apr 17, 2015 9:13 AM Dining


Photography by Kevin A. Roberts

Spain's excellent (and affordable) offerings. more

Mar 20, 2015 11:24 AM Dining

When shopping for wine, some people fumble through a store’s vast aisles, stopping every few feet to look up wine ratings on their phones. To them, finding the perfect vino is somewhat akin to seeking treasure—sans guide—in a foreign land... more

Feb 20, 2015 11:24 AM Dining


Photography by Kevin A. Roberts

Today might be as exciting a time as ever for Champagne. It’s no longer considered a beverage only for celebratory times but instead is treated equally alongside its still counterparts at the dinner table... more

Feb 2, 2015 8:00 AM Dining 1 Comments


Photography by Kevin A. Roberts

Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed the myriad options for wine glassware. That’s because a lot of research has gone into examining how each grape varietal reacts to various shapes of glasses... more

Dec 19, 2014 8:57 AM Dining

Up until recently, I had an aversion to stout beers that was probably on par with many wine drinkers’ aversion to Riesling. I thought all stouts were heavy, cloying, and reserved for a universe in which there were no options besides beer... more

Nov 14, 2014 9:14 AM Dining

While I appreciate the amazing revolution cocktails have gone through in the past decade, enough is enough. Nowadays, adding complexity to cocktails is akin to using tweezers to place garnishes on a dish... more

Oct 17, 2014 9:38 AM Dining

Wine drinkers have a tendency to label the world’s major wine-growing regions. France produces fine, expensive wines. California offers oaky, oft-overblown wines. Spain serves value-driven wines. South America has inexpensive, fruity wines... more

Sep 19, 2014 11:58 AM Dining

The wines of France’s Burgundy region have always set a benchmark for the world’s best examples of chardonnay and pinot noir. One might think that with such quality and prestige, the local bourgeoisie would be living in the lap of luxury... more

Aug 22, 2014 12:06 PM Dining

On a recent trip to Jamaica, I stumbled into an amazing cigar shop. It was filled with fine Cuban cigars—but many of the store’s visitors seemed lost, not knowing what to buy or even how to approach the subject... more

Jul 24, 2014 8:49 AM Dining

What’s the deal with this polarizing, mysterious drink? more

May 16, 2014 12:56 PM Dining

It’s rum—spelled with an H. more

Apr 25, 2014 10:51 AM Dining

How to take in Napa like a pro more

Mar 21, 2014 12:25 PM Dining

I’ve seen it all in my two decades in the restaurant industry: absurd dietary restrictions, unreasonable requests… Victoria Beckham maintains a list of foods that she can’t (or won’t) eat. Other ce... more

Feb 14, 2014 2:10 PM Dining