What’s in store: Riccobono’s Peppermill

Amid the 40th anniversary celebrations at Riccobono's Peppermill (3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-455-2266; www.riccobonospeppermill.com), there is a changing of the guard. Another generation of Riccobonos is ready to leave its mark on the neighborhood restaurant.

Bar Redux in Bywater

Tucked away in Bywater, the bright purple exterior at Bar Redux (801 Poland Ave., 504-592-7083; www.barredux.com) turns heads. Its eclectic ambience and breezy courtyard keep locals coming back.

Pisco and rum: Latin-inspired cocktails in New Orleans

Latin and Caribbean spirits are making waves across the country, and bartenders in New Orleans are riding the wave, creating cocktails that go beyond familiar tequila drinks and tiki creations. Rum and pisco, the clear grape-based brandy produced in Peru, Chile and elsewhere, are popping up on cocktail menus all over town.

Cheap wine: finding hidden gems and best bargains

Wine writer Natalie MacLean's Unquenchable details her approach to finding bargain wines. Who doesn't like a wine bargain?

Frozen craft cocktails in New Orleans

In New Orleans, frozen daiquiris practically are a birthright. When temperatures soar into the 90s, locals want icy cold drinks.

Wine 101: how to buy and order wine

Wine stores and restaurant wine lists can present a daunting array of unfamilair labels from around the world. But the basics of finding a wine you like remain the same.

How to pair wine with spicy foods

It's easy to order a margarita with spicy Mexican food or a beer with peppery Cajun fare. But many restaurants offering spicy Latin, Asian or Louisiana dishes have wine lists designed to match their dishes.

Hooked on tonics: how craft cocktails are reviving gin

Gin has long been a stigmatized spirit. To many people, it is tantamount to swill, liquor tried once, associated with mistakes or "gincidents."

Three lesser-known wine regions (and the wines to buy)

May 24 marks the 40th anniversary of the so-called "Judgment of Paris," when, in a blind tasting, California wines bested the most prestigious French wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy. It shocked the culinary world and became a huge boon to the American wine industry.

Red, white and rosé: wines for summer in New Orleans

2014 Albamar Sauvignon BlancCasablanca Valley, Chile Retail $11Casablanca, named for the area's main city, is one of the newest and most prolific wine-growing areas in South America. The valley emerged in the mid-1980s by growing a range of grapes, including pinot noir, merlot, syrah, riesling, pinot gris and others, but the most common grape is chardonnay, followed closely by sauvignon blanc.

Gambit’s Wine + Spirits 2016

A guide to what’s new in wine, cocktails and spirits
• Red, white and rosé: wines for summer in New Orleans • Frozen craft cocktails in New Orleans


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