Mark Stock

Mark Stock

Mark Stock is a writer from Portland, Oregon. He fell into wine during the Recession and has been fixated on the stuff since. He spent years making, selling, and sipping Pinot Noir in the Dundee Hills before a full return to his journalistic roots in 2016. He's helplessly tied to European soccer, casting for trout, and grunge rock. More of his work can be found at markastock.com.

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Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits

Mezcal Unión is on a mission to not only make quality agave spirits, but to help the land where it's from and the people who make it at the same time.
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What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine

With a history stretching back centuries, amphorae have been intricately tied to the wine industry. Now, winemakers are once again using them -- this time to ferment and age their wines.
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The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Fung

What has become one of the most popular Asian food chains in the world originally started as nothing more than a cooking oil business. Now, Din Tai Fung serves up their cuisine around the world.
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The Best Fresh Hop Beers to Celebrate the Hop Harvest

For any hop heads out there, September's hop harvest is practically Christmas. Here are some of the best fresh hop beers that show off the result of the harvest.
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The Most Interesting Drinks From Around the World You Can Try Today

Sure, you could have a regular old lager anytime, but what about wine made with ox blood? Or beer made with space ingredients?
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Why You Should Give White Zinfandel a Chance (Again)

For many, White Zinfandel was a gateway wine that was left behind. Now, a new generation of winemakers is trying to make white zin great again.