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Picture a warm afternoon, sitting under as shaded canopy, with an enormous platter of shimmering oysters before you. Now, what’s in your glass? The answer is Muscadet. Not to be confused with Moscato, the sweet Italian wine, Muscadet—pronounced —is a completely dry, bright, incredibly well priced wine from France’s Loire Valley. For a long time, it was made in bulk, and not particularly good—but in recent decades, a small group of organically farmed family...
For every time you complain about the daily hazards of life in Brooklyn—getting nearly run over by school buses as you cycle along Bedford, or that time your ceiling caved in and the landlord didn’t come for four days, or the regular failings of the , just repeat to yourself this one mantra: “At least I have access to some of the best wine and booze in the world!” It’s true. Brooklyn is killing it with wine...
On the last weekend in February, Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel got “glou”ed; it was filled with people eager to taste natural wine and meet the professionals who make it. Over 600 wine-lovers came to each day of New York City’s first natural wine fair, The Big Glou; attendees ranged from those who were new to natural wine, to others who worked in the industry, and everything in between. Swirling glasses printed with the cheery logo...

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