Skip to main content
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. In addition to The Manual, he writes for SevenFifty Daily, Sip Northwest, The Somm Journal, The Drake, Willamette Week, Travel Oregon, and more. He has a website and occasionally even updates it:

Send all editorial inquiries HERE.

A pint of beer and a soccer match.

The best bars for MLS fans: Get a pint at one of these great spots

MLS season is in full swing and game-going fans like a good drink. Here are the best bar options near major soccer stadiums.
Agave stacked up at Flecha Azul

How to pick the absolute best tequila, just by looking at the label

How to pick the absolute best tequila, just by looking at the label

Tequila, like a lot of liquids, can contain additives. Looking at what that really means and the larger movement towards authentic agave spirits.
Friends playing drinking card game

The best drinking card games to beat the summer heat and boredom

Remember King's Cup? There are tons more fun drinking card games out there you can try this summer at your next party.

The 10 best canned sardines to elevate your summer cooking

Here's our list of the best canned sardines can help you elevate the flavors of your recipes this summer.
Chinese food leftovers on a wooden bench.

Elevate your takeout food with the right wine (they’re all under $22, too!)

Elevate your takeout food with the right wine (they’re all under $22, too!)

Takeout food is a godsend. It can also be made markedly better with the right wine, all without breaking the bank.
A beer pint at the airport.

The very best airport watering holes, from LAX to JFK

Traveling about the country? These are the best airport bars, from LAX to JFK and busy hubs in between.
The e-trike from Sixthreezero.

Do you need an electric trike? We tested one out to see

Do you need an electric trike? We tested one out to see

The tricycle is not just a kid's toy, it's a fun means of transportation for grown-ups. Here, we review the newest model from e-bike specialist Sixthreezero.
Brewer-Clifton vineyard view.

A guide to the many gems of Santa Barbara wine country

Now more than ever is the best time to taste the quality and craftsmanship hard at work in Santa Barbara wine country. Here are some ideas for where to go.
A toast with two Sure Sure cocktails

The 19 best frozen drinks for impending heat waves

There's not much more refreshing in this world than the frozen drink, especially as summer hits. Here are 19 to try in 2023.
Chef Vikas Khanna

Learn these amazing spring cooking tricks from a Michelin Star chef

Spring spells a lot of things but we don't always know how or what to cook this time of year. Here, Chef Vikas Kanna offers some sage advice.
Plate of pasta

Why Italian food absolutely deserves to be UNESCO-recognized

UNESCO is on the verge of formally recognizing Italian cuisine. Given the food culture that exists in Italy, we're not entirely surprised.
Crab on display at the store.

Study signals bad news for seafood lovers hoping for fewer canceled crab seasons

Climate change affects us all. Crab have been hit especially hard as of late and this newest research isn't ideal for our oceans and their inhabitants.
Making a cocktail

The 10 best bartending apps to fuel your inner mixologist

With just a quick click and scroll, you can become a bona fide mixologist in no time, thanks to these handy bartending apps for beginners and pros alike.
Los Magos Sotol field image.

Sotol is the super sustainable alternative to tequila that you’re going to love

Following the surge of Mexican spirits coming to the fore, Sotol is ready to have its moment. Given its highly sustainable nature, it may be here to stay.
Cocktails in coupe glasses

These are the 7 best gin mixers to have in your home bar

The joy of gin is you can use a number of different mixers for simple, delicious drinks. Here are the best gin mixers you should have on hand for cocktails.
Green Chartreuse

The Chartreuse shortage is real (and here to stay), but we’ve got some great substitutes

We're getting used to supply chain shortages. Here's how to work around the latest, a low stock of green Chartreuse.

The 14 best Netflix documentaries to stream right now

We've found the best documentaries that you can stream on Netflix right now across a wide array of genres.
A bartender pours a freshly made drink into a glass

22 easy cocktail recipes you can make at home

From an Old Fashioned to a Tom Collins, we've curated a list of easy, classic cocktail drink recipes that you can try making from the comfort of your own home.
fly fishing

A beginner’s guide to fly fishing: Everything you need to know

Fly fishing is a sport that brings a special kind of joy to anybody with a love of the great outdoors. Here's how to get started.
Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin

Here are a dozen great gins worth drinking straight

We've compiled the best gins to drink straight in 2023. These complex botanical spirits can stand on their own.
The scene at Compline Wine Shop in Napa.

The coolest wine shops in America have it all

The coolest wine shops do more than sell wine; they offer an immersive, multi-sensory experience. Here are some of the best in America.
Two cups of hot toddies with cinnamon sticks on a piece of cloth.

End the day right with the 5 best nightcap cocktails

A well-made nightcap cocktail is the preface to a good night's sleep. Here's more on the drinks and be sure to give these best nightcap cocktails a try.
A cup of coffee from Big Island Coffee.

Hawaiian coffee is about more than just great Kona beans

Hawaii is a special, special place. That's true for the coffee it produces too, made expertly and done with sustainability in mind.
A set of Ravencroft Crystal snifters

The main takeaways from the cognac vs. whiskey conversation

Let's breakdown cognac and whiskey, two staple spirits of the drinks culture canon. Here's how the two really differ.
the story behind madeira an interview with brandon plyler 109226540 312598c

Museum finds wines from the 1700s hidden behind Prohibition-era wall

There have been some remarkable wine discoveries over the years. This one involves 18th Century Madeira in New Jersey.
best baking recipes homemade croissants step by halfbakedharvest com 30

5 delicious (and easy) things to do with stale croissants

You don't have to throw old croissants in the freezer or the trash. This is what to make with croissants when they start to go stale.
A served margarita sitting on a bar

A dozen of the best tequilas for margaritas, according to bartenders

Try the best tequilas for margaritas this 2023 to kick off your casual dinners and happy hours with your colleagues.
Man cooking in his kitchen

The ultimate list of kitchen essentials every home chef needs

Your kitchen can be one of the toughest rooms to properly stock. To help you out, here are some of the top kitchen tools and appliances to add to your home.
Lavazza canned coffees.

The very best canned coffee to crack in the a.m.

Canned coffee, like instant coffee in general, has gotten a lot better. Here are some versions to stock up on.
Grapefruit Collins cocktail

8 delicious drink recipes for Cinco de Mayo (that aren’t all margaritas)

Cinco de Mayo is about so much more than generic margaritas. Try these nine festive cocktails and see for yourself.
Wine and tinned fish from Tiny Fish Co.

Tinned fish is all the rage right now, and it’s even better with wine

Tinned fish is all the rage these days. Turns out, it's even better with the right wine, from dry whites to vermouth.
tom collins cocktail

The 17 gin cocktail recipes you can’t live without

Be a home bartender this 2023 by trying our 17 essential gin cocktails recipes.
Man listening to a podcast with headphones

Like space and learning about earth? These are the best 12 science podcasts

Science is far from boring. Learn more about the mysteries of the universe with the best science and space podcasts you should start listening to in 2023.
Propane grill

This is how to clean a grill, whether it’s charcoal, gas, or pellet

Uncleaned grease and carbon deposits can alter the taste of food and damage your grill. Here, we've outlined the steps on how to clean a grill.
The Chef Show

The best food shows to binge on Netflix right now

Craving a new food series? We foraged through the Netflix catalog to find Taco Chronicles, The Chef Show, Street Food, Ugly Delicious, Nailed It!, and more.
A glass of Genever on bar counter with a midsection of a man behind it.

The best gins, according to those in the know (bartenders)

When it comes to gin, there are many options. We asked some of our favorite bartenders what they like best in the category. Here's what they said.
best sparkling water cocktails fresh spring

11 of the best sparkling water cocktails to rival hard seltzers

Hard seltzers are all the rage, but sparkling water cocktails are classic and timeless and can offer a better flavor regardless of the weather and the season.
The Banh Mi pie from Hapa Pizza

The newest style of pizza? Asian-inspired Neapolitan (seriously!)

Pizza is a blank canvas just waiting for the next injection of artistry. Hapa Pizza is helping put Asian fusion pizza on the map.
Gullfoss Falls Iceland during midday.

This is the best time to visit Iceland

Iceland is one of the most fascinating countries on the planet. Here's the best time of the year to go.
negroni cocktail orange

The amazing 3-ingredient cocktails every home bartender should know

Cocktails don't have to be complicated for them to be delicious. So, here are ten fool-proof recipes for three-ingredient cocktails you will definitely enjoy.
Hacienda Esmerelda

These are the 5 most expensive coffees on earth

Purchasing these rare caffeinated delicacies will put a serious dent in your budget, but it will be a coffee experience unlike any other.
The wine cellar at Tavaru Tower in the Maldives.

This is the most insane wine cellar in the world

You may not think of wine when you think of the Maldives. But this tiny island is home to the most out there wine cellar we've ever seen.
Two glasses of grapefruit cocktail with grapefruit slices and rosemary garnish on a table.

The 26 best spring cocktails to cheers the season with

We've rounded up the best spring cocktail recipes just in time for the most vibrant season of the year. So, clink a glass and toast to the warmer days ahead!
The whole cut loin from Juicy Marbles.

Review: Will Juicy Marbles’ plant-based meat be your new favorite dinner option?

More and more producers are getting in on the plant-based meat trend. Juicy Marbles may be the best option since Beyond Meat shook things up a decade ago.
The Balvenie DCS Compendium 1961

The 5 most expensive Scotch whiskies on earth

A $20 Scotch is OK, but a $20,000 bottle is better. Here are five of the most expensive Scotch whiskies on the planet.
The entrance of Casa Bonita.

The famed Casa Bonita restaurant is reopening (with a decorated chef)

Casa Bonita, Eric Cartman's favorite restaurant, is about to reopen. And the kitschy Denver spot may just blow minds as it now has a decorated chef.
sake pouring

These are the many myths about sake you probably believe

There are a lot of misconceptions about sake. Here, we're clearing up the confusion with a quick guide on how it's made, served, and meant to be enjoyed.

The 5 classic whiskey cocktails you need in your bartending repertoire

The ability to produce a delicious whiskey cocktail is still an accomplishment to be proud of (and show off, when you can). Check out these 5 best recipes.
Three exquisite bottles of Remy Martin Louis XIII L'Odyssee D'un Roi cognac

These are the 5 most expensive bottles of cognac to hit the market

Cognac is full of history and therefore touts some rare and extremely old bottles. Here are the five most expensive cognacs of all time.
hottest places on earth lut desert

These are the absolute hottest places on earth

Your hot day has nothing on these unbelievably hot locales all over the globe. Many are deserts, but some too are cities, small towns, and jungles.