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An idiot's guide to drinking wine like a real sommelier

Published May 25, 2020

Almost all of us drink wine, but how many of us really taste it? Nate Norfolk is the wine and spirits director at Ray's, as well as a certified sommelier, and he kindly let me pick his brain about how a wine idiot can become a wine expert.

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The joy of the shower beer

Published April 7, 2020

I have taken a bath with a glass of wine before, and I have drank coffee while showering, but last night I joined the ranks of millions (?) and experienced my first showerbeer.

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Milwaukee's best hotel bar, 2020

Published March 16, 2020

The Outsider is certainly in style when it comes to Milwaukee's bustling hotel bar scene - at least according to OnMilwaukee Best of Bars poll voters, who voted the scenic Third Ward hotspot the best of the bunch for the third straight year.

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Milwaukee's best bar for a first date, 2020

Published March 14, 2020

When you're with the right person, anywhere can be perfect for date night - but according to the OnMilwaukee voters, few places set the mood better than The Outsider at the Kimpton Journeyman hotel.

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Milwaukee happy hour guide

Published March 12, 2020

Sometimes we could all use just a little bit more happy in our lives. And what's better way to get happy after a long day than some friendly conversation with a cool (discounted) drink to wash it all down.

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Milwaukee's best wine list, 2020

Published March 6, 2020

The wine lovers in Milwaukee have spoken. And they've declared a perennial favorite the winner of this year's Bar Month readers' poll for best wine list.

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Milwaukee's best beer list, 2020

Published March 5, 2020

Talk about consistency: With this year's win, the Bay View beer haven has claimed this prize from the voters for ten whole years - a decade of delicious beer dominance.

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Milwaukee Mocktails: Amilinda

Published March 3, 2020

This week, fellow mocktail explorers Shary Tran, Yollande Deacon, Yomarie Castellano and I explored Amilinda where we ventured to Portugal and Spain right here in Milwaukee - with the help of the restaurant's seasonal mocktails.

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Bartender confidential: Secrets and stories from behind the bar

Published March 2, 2020

Jessica Schlitz is a career bartender. With her years of experience, the 46-year-old Mequon native has seen a lot. But now that she's not currently bartending, she's willing to tell the stories most bartenders would never divulge.

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Milwaukee's best craft cocktails, 2020

Published March 2, 2020

With its menu-free approach, dimly lit and warmly jazzy vibe, and - of course - its old-school cocktails, ice cream drinks and tasty tipples, Bryant's may be a total throwback, but the South Side lounge is a classic no matter the year.