Meet the 2015 Wines, Spirits, and Other Beverages Journalism Award Nominees

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From coffee to craft cocktails, the liquid in your cup can offer far more than mere refreshment. The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for Wine, Spirit, and Other Beverages present the stories behind the sips, quenching readers’ thirst for new imbibable insights.

 

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Gabrielle Hamilton
AFAR
Into the Vines

After sixteen years of championing and serving Sicilian wine at her New York City restaurant Prune, Gabrielle Hamilton finally visits the region, discovering deep connections with the men and women behind her much-beloved grapes. [Image included above]

 

 

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M. Carrie Allan
The Washington Post
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Spirited Artisans

 

After states lifted Prohibition-era distilling bans a few years ago, craft spirit producers started to crop up in cities all over America. Jamie Feldmar reports on the comeback of the urban distillery.

 

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Move over inner-city farmers, rooftop beekeepers, and backyard chickens. It’s time to meet the latest urban industry: moonshine.

 

Well, not exactly; it’s legal. In recent years, a growing number of craft spirit producers have been building aboveboard distilleries in city centers, eschewing wide-open spaces in exchange for the opportunity to connect directly with their customers. Inspired by the do-it-yourself philosophy of the local-food movement, they’re injecting that same spirit into, well, spirits.

 

During Prohibition (1920–1933), moonshiners illicitly distilled corn mash into low-grade liquor with a smell and taste so strong it’s a wonder anyone wanted to smuggle it at all. After the repeal it became... Read more >

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