Our tea-partying ancestors knew a good tax break when they saw one, so America's early love affair with one of the world's great wines was born.
Port, Sherry, Madeira, Banyuls and Marsala all hover in that all-inclusive dessert category of wine that most casual wine drinkers don't take the time to ponder.
Let's get this out of the way: your grandmother doesn't drink Sherry. At least not a Fino del Puerto, and she doesn't drink it alongside an asparagus and coconut milk soup with a rhubarb compote.
Is cocktail culture losing its buzz? Last fall, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that bartenders were mixing up a host of cocktails with a lower a...