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Dylan Garret

Senior Digital Editor, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Senior digital editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, freelance writer, recovering bartender, former cook, exceptional food runner, lover of words and all-around grizzled hospitality industry professional. I also do tech and culture writing, but food, drink and travel are my current mainstays.

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine
08/09/2017
Where Does Wine Really Come From? | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

When you think of wine, most likely what comes to mind are powerhouse regions like Bordeaux, Napa or Champagne. Or, grapes like Pinot Noir, Malbec, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. But a growing group of winemakers in the Middle East, Western Asia and Eastern Europe are eager to remind they represent the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, and that they're making wines like nowhere else on earth.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
07/25/2017
Recreating History to Find What Makes Bourbon Unique | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Trey Zoeller is a curious man. The founder and distiller of Jefferson's Bourbon, a small-batch whiskey producer based in Crestwood, Kentucky, Zoeller has made a name for his brand with experiments in what could only be called "extreme distilling." Jefferson's is known for projects that take American whiskey in bold new directions.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
07/06/2019
The Jack Rose Cocktail, a True American Classic

What do Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck have in common? All knew how to drink well, and each counted the Jack Rose among their favorite cocktails. This easy-to-make American classic has been out of fashion since its popularity peaked in the 1920s and '30s, but it has made a comeback in bars across the country.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
06/15/2019
The Old Cuban Cocktail, Where a Mojito and French 75 Meet

These days, it's hard to find a bar or restaurant that doesn't have a cocktail menu packed with original creations. Budding mixologists the world-over are vying to innovate and leave a lasting mark on bartending culture. But what does it take for a new cocktail to transcend from a one-off recipe to a modern classic?

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
01/19/2019
The Last Word, Your First Cocktail Choice

The Last Word is a Prohibition-era cocktail that represents one of the earlier innovations in the sour family of cocktails: concoctions that include lemon and/or lime juice. Reported to have been invented at the Detroit Athletic Club bar in the 1920s, the drink is said to have been named for, or possibly created by, popular vaudeville performer Frank Fogarty.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
07/21/2017
The Story (and Recipe) Behind the Hemingway Daiquiri | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"Don't bother with churches, government buildings or city squares. If you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars." -Ernest Hemingway The Hemingway daiquiri has arguably become the most popular variation of this classic rum cocktail, perhaps unseating the undisputed heavyweight champion of the 1990s, the frozen strawberry daiquiri.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
08/04/2018
The Dawn of the Age of Friesling | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Mark your calendars, the day of the Frosé is over. We're in a Friesling world now. Here's how to make one. Bartenders, being creatures populated in large part by struggling writers, actors and comedians desperately seeking a creative outlet, are notorious for the quirky, pun-filled names they give their cocktail creations.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
11/08/2017
Wine Enthusiast Podcast: Getting Frisky Over Whiskey | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

What should wine lovers look for in a Bourbon? Is Scotch really that intimidating? WE Editors Kara Newman and Dylan Garret pull up to the bar to talk to two experts-Flavien Desoblin, owner of Brandy Library and Copper & Oak, and New York Times spirits writer Clay Risen -about America's favorite brown spirit, whiskey.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
04/25/2018
What the Avengers are Drinking After Infinity War | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Avengers: Infinity War is almost here, and the Wine Enthusiast office is not immune to the Marvel blockbuster's outsized hype. A casual lunch between the W.E. staff's biggest comic-loving nerds turned into a sweeping discussion of what the perfect wine would be for each member of the superhero team, a debate that got so heated, pads and pens were produced, diligent notes were taken, and both diagrams and battle lines were drawn.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
05/04/2017
How to Make a Proper Mint Julep | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

A springtime Old Fashioned or a Bourbon snow cone? Opinions on Mint Juleps are as varied as the people who drink them. Here's how to make the perfect one. Let's get this out of the way: There's no Mint Julep recipe on earth that isn't going to upset someone.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
04/13/2017
The Original Aviation Cocktail | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

When it comes to classic gin cocktails, few are as revered by bartenders as the Aviation. On the other hand, even fewer are reviled like a poorly made Aviation. The drink is built on a delicate balance of strongly flavored ingredients, which can easily cause ruin when out of proportion.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
09/27/2016
The New York Flip Cocktail Recipe | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

As egg white cocktails continue their unstoppable march across cocktail menus everywhere, it's time to look at the other half of the ingredient: the yolk. The New York Flip is just one member of an entire class of classic cocktails called flips.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
07/11/2017
How to Make a Proper Mojito | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

The mojito is a funny drink. There might not be another cocktail that people so love to order and bartenders so hate to make. Even the most casual bar-goer can understand. It's a delicious drink, well balanced and refreshing. And given all the muddling and shaking involved, it's also time-consuming and creates a gigantic mess.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
11 Hot Cocktails for Cold Winter Days | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

The Classic Hot Toddy Recipe Some people love winter. Some people also do "polar bear plunges" for fun. While it's not our place to tell anyone they're right or wrong on matters of opinion, this article is for those who think the best part of cold weather is hiding from it, and keeping as warm as possible while looking out the window at a winter wonderland and saying to themselves, "Not today."

Editorial Samples

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
07/19/2019
Filipino Sommeliers and the Western Bias in Wine Tasting

Like many Filipinos, Jhonel Faelnar, Miguel de Leon and Anthony Cailan share a common introduction to wine. Years apart but dressed in the same styled short-sleeved barong Tagalog and black dress pants, Faelnar and de Leon marched down an aisle, dipped wafers into wine and partook in their first holy communion.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
12/05/2018
How Prohibition Shaped American Wine Country | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

December 5, also known as Repeal Day, gets a lot of love in the bar and spirits community. It commemorates the date in 1933 when the 21 st amendment to the Constitution was ratified, repealing the 18 th amendment that banned the sale, transportation and manufacture of alcoholic beverages, effectively ending Prohibition.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
09/11/2018
What are Tannins, Really? | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Tannins, a group of bitter and astringent compounds, can be found abundantly in nature. They're present in the wood, bark, leaves and fruit of plants as various as oak, rhubarb, tea, walnut, cranberry, cacao and grapes. Perhaps most importantly, they're also found in wine. Plants have tannins to make themselves unpalatable.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
04/12/2018
How Haiti is Making Some of the Best Rum on Earth | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Many people still view rum through the lens of the dark, rich and sweet offerings of decades past. But clairin, a traditional rum made in Haiti, showcases the spirit in its most essential, and some say, finest form. And it's finally making the leap to the United States.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
09/20/2018
The Two Unsung Grapes Putting Virginia Wine on the Map | Wine Enthusiast

Virginia ranks No. 6 in wine grape production in the U.S., with more than 280 wineries spanning the state. If that comes as a surprise, how about this: Virginia is one of just two places on the planet making noteworthy wines with Petit Manseng, a rich and unique white-wine grape that originated in Southwest France.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
08/07/2018
Your Pét-Nat Primer | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

As wine lovers continue to become open to new styles of bubbly, the choices are no longer limited to Prosecco, Cava and Champagne. One in particular, pétillant naturel, or pét-nat, is in full force, becoming a popular new style for domestic wine production. As it happens, the style isn't new at all.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
01/01/2017
Can Science Save Our Favorite Wines? | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Chardonnay is among the most popular and recognizable wines in the world. The grape's genes essentially have been passed down from a single plant in eastern France centuries ago. This genetic consistency can be seen as a good thing, as it keeps the grape recognizable.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
06/21/2019
How to Camp Through Wine Country

Why settle for four-star accommodations when you could have the whole night sky? Forget the hotels, resorts and bed-and-breakfasts the next time you visit one of your favorite wine regions. Good old-fashioned camping, or newfangled glamping, lets you nestle right into nature.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
08/02/2018
Kansas City Needs to Be Your Next Wine Destination | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Although craft beer garners a ton of attention here these days, Kansas City has a rich grape growing and winemaking history that dates to the 19th century. In fact, by the 1870s, Missouri and Kansas together constituted the second-largest grape-growing and winemaking region in the U.S., just behind California.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
12/20/2018
Your Definitive Guide to Sweet Wines | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

It's hard to pinpoint when popular opinion declared that good wines must be dry, but it couldn't be farther from the truth. Whether it was the recent rosé revival that taught us to value dryness in response to the bulk blush wine of a bygone era, or bad experiences with cheap, sweet alcohol, most aficionados today choose dry wines.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
04/17/2018
The Beginner's Guide to Natural Wine | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

What is natural wine? The movement gains in popularity by the day, but with shifting definitions and no official standards, confusion can abound. We take a deep look at all things "natty wine" for your complete guide to this exciting category.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
04/19/2018
Red Champagne, France's Best Kept Secret | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Red Champagne? And one that has no bubbles? Sometimes, the most interesting wines are those that are historic oddities, ones that have been set aside as the tides of wine history have shifted to a different direction. Such is the case with a handful of table wines that are made primarily from Pinot Noir grapes and produced in Champagne's Marne Valley.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
09/04/2018
How Wine Affects Your Whiskey | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Wine finishes are a growing staple in the whiskey world as a way to add nuanced layers of fruit and spice to the spirit without artificial flavorings. Yet, the taste of a favorite wine can present very differently when it shows up in a whiskey glass.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
04/13/2018
Mindful Producers Working for a Better Future | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Each year, we take a moment to highlight those in the wine, food and beverage industries working to effect positive environmental change. Today, we take a look at six forward-thinking producers invested in the future of the Earth, be it through environmentally conscious alternative packaging, ecosystem preservation or partnering with nonprofits in an effort to reduce plastic in our oceans.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
10/02/2018
Why Baltimore is a Top Wine Destination | Wine Enthusiast

Wedding Crashers told the world "crab cakes and football-that's what Maryland does!," but it's not everything for which the state should be known. Previously overshadowed by New York's Finger Lakes to the north and Virginia wine country to the south, Maryland is quietly making a name for itself, with the hub of all-vino activity centered squarely in Baltimore.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
05/09/2018
Is Wine Vegetarian, Vegan or Neither? | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

A beverage made from pressed grapes must be vegetarian, right? Well, some winemaking techniques can make certain bottles a no-go for the animal-friendly crowd. Learn how animal derivatives end up in your wine, and how to spot vegetarian- and vegan-friendly wine.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
04/18/2018
How to Plan Wine for Your Wedding | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Toasts and celebratory glasses of wine are an integral part of any wedding reception. Many couples default to "whatever is cheapest," but just because you're on a budget doesn't mean your wedding wine can't still have heart and taste great.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
03/10/2017
The Definitive Guide to Ramen | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

As with pizza, pasta and tacos, there has never been more availability of high-quality ramen stateside as there is today. There have also never been as many delicious new innovations in the dish popping up every day, some of which may perturb purists.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
02/21/2018
The Glorious Grapes Defining Austrian Red Wine | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent and Zweigelt may not roll off the tongue as easily as better-known grape varieties, but that should not prevent you from trying them. They represent the glorious, refreshing and cherry-tinged triumvirate of indigenous Austrian red wine, something truly different and worth discovering. These Austrian originals possess distinct personalities.

Photo Styling Samples

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
12/20/2018
Mulled White Wine with Mint and Ginger | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Think all mulled wine is red? This combination of dry white wine, ginger and elderflower liqueur makes a winter warmer that won't put you to sleep. It's important to avoid oak when mulling white wine. Also, avoid wines with residual sweetness, or even a perception of sweetness, since you're adding your own sugar.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
12/22/2018
Mulled Rosé with Ginger and Grapefruit | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Grapefruit, orange liqueur and rosé help create an uplifting warm winter treat that will make you rethink mulled wine. Think pink! In choosing rosé for mulled wine, go by color. You want a clear, vivid hue without amber tones, as the color can dull during cooking.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
12/23/2018
Mulled Ruby Port with Rosemary and Bay Leaves | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

While not a traditional for mulled wine, nothing says cold weather like Port. This recipe gets a savory punch from bay leaves while rosemary adds aromatics. Mulling Port wine might seem a bit intense, but eliminating the sugar, using lemon and diluting with water can help offset the sweetness, and creates a unique take on the drink.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
12/18/2017
Chai Hot Toddy Recipe | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Most of the ingredients for a classic chai spice blend are in your pantry already. Just add tea, cream and brandy for this perfect cold-weather cocktail. Nothing says "warming winter flavors" like the taste of classic chai spices.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
12/21/2017
How to Make Authentic Norwegian Gløgg, a Mulled Wine Treat | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

While many cultures have a tradition of heating spiced wine to stay warm throughout the winter, savory aquavit sets apart the Norwegian version of this Scandinavian staple. Recipe courtesy Visit Norway Though the first culture to heat up sweetened wine before spiking it with spirits and spices were the Romans in the 2nd century, it's hard to argue that the Nordic countries have become known for perfecting it.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
12/19/2017
The Original Hot Buttered Rum Recipe | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

While a buttered cocktail may seem off-putting to some, there's a reason this seasonal hot rum classic has endured for centuries. Learn how to make it here. Winter can be an endless, freezing drag. Luckily, nothing helps melt through seasonal malaise like a cocktail classic: hot buttered rum.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
08/23/2018
Paloma Gose Beer | Paloma Cocktail | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Paloma Gose (Schlafly/The Saint Louis Brewery; St. Louis); abv: 4.5% The German-style ale brewed with grapefruit, lime, coriander and salt meets Mexico's famed Paloma cocktail. It's golden and bright in the glass, with a fresh grapefruit-peel scent. It drinks like a classic sour gose. It includes a distinctly mouthwatering saline quality, finishing with refreshing lime acidity.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
07/21/2017
The Story (and Recipe) Behind the Hemingway Daiquiri | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"Don't bother with churches, government buildings or city squares. If you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars." -Ernest Hemingway The Hemingway daiquiri has arguably become the most popular variation of this classic rum cocktail, perhaps unseating the undisputed heavyweight champion of the 1990s, the frozen strawberry daiquiri.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
12/18/2017
The Classic Hot Toddy Recipe | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Often a blank canvas for a variety of innovative upgrades, the classic Hot Toddy recipe is still the best entry point to the world of warm cocktails. As the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
11 Hot Cocktails for Cold Winter Days | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

The Classic Hot Toddy Recipe Some people love winter. Some people also do "polar bear plunges" for fun. While it's not our place to tell anyone they're right or wrong on matters of opinion, this article is for those who think the best part of cold weather is hiding from it, and keeping as warm as possible while looking out the window at a winter wonderland and saying to themselves, "Not today."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
12/21/2017
The Ichabod Crane, an Irish Whiskey Hot Toddy | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

This Irish whiskey-powered Hot Toddy brings together pumpkin puree and a unique walnut liqueur called nocino for a warm, winter specialty unlike any other. Recipe courtesy Colicchio & Sons , New York City This hot toddy variation balances the fresh, bright flavor profile Irish whiskey with touches of pumpkin, walnut and blackstrap molasses.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
08/23/2018
Brown & Stirred | The Manhattan Cocktail | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Brown & Stirred (Pipeworks Brewing, with Longman & Eagle; Chicago); abv: 10.5% This Manhattan-inspired ale, made in conjunction with whiskey-focused bar Longman & Eagle, is particularly exciting. It's made with cherries, corn in the mash and faux "bitters." It's then aged for 18 months in three different rye whiskey barrels ( Rittenhouse, Willett and Dad's Hat Vermouth-Finished Rye).

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