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When Sake Gets Too Polished

Rice needs to be polished to make premium sake. But there's an arms race going on, and American consumers have something to do with it, because unlike so about sake, we can easily understand numbers.

2012 Redux: Wine Snobs, Unite!

Editor's Note: "Hatred of a straw man is a powerful force," says Blake Gray in this column from June of this year. The monthly columnist comes to the defense of so-called "wine snobs," those much maligned élitists of movies and New Yorker cartoons. However, the people to whom the term is applied are usually the everyday enthusiasts like you and me. –Tom Mansell, Science Editor