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Ruth Tobias is a Denver-based food and beverage writer. Since beginning her career in Boston, she has contributed to a wide range of publications and media outlets, including Thrillist, Eater, Tasting Table, Zagat, Gastronomica, Sommelier Journal, Imbibe, Draft, The Denver Post, 5280 Magazine, The Boston Phoenix, Chow, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food & Drink in America.

Samples from a tasting of oils submitted to the Ercole Olivario competition. Credit: Copyright 2016 Ruth Tobias

From a string of bad harvests to last winter’s international export-fraud scandal and the European Union’s recent decision to remove tariffs on the Tunisian

Stoic & Genuine at Denver's Union Station. Credit: Copyright 2015 June Cochran

In the past few years, Denver -- joined by its deluxe alter ego, Boulder, Colorado -- has been at or near the top of

Pinot Posse members Ed Kurtzman, left. and David O'Reilly during an event at Table 6 in Denver. Credit: Copyright 2015 Ryan Olsen

In 2005, a group of seven Pinot Noir specialists from the West Coast banded together at the behest of their importer/distributor in Colorado to

The Bachelor cocktail from Bachelors Lounge in Beaver Creek, Colo. Credit: Courtesy of Bachelors Lounge

Take it from this staunchly indoorsy Coloradan: You don't have to ski here to drink as though you do. The following cocktails, all featuring

Sherry will complement every course at your Thanksgiving meal. Credit: Courtesy of RiNo Yacht Club/The Proper Pour

For the past couple of years now, sherry has begun making a slow but steady comeback among wine drinkers in the know -- as

Chestnut soup. Credit: Courtesy of Jennifer Jasinski

Jennifer Jasinski is a James Beard Award-winning chef with four acclaimed Denver restaurants, a cookbook and an impressive stint on "Top Chef Masters" to

Mulefoot pigs. Credit: Kirsten Boyer Photography

"The worst thing to ever happen to the pork industry was the Other White Meat campaign," Chipotle culinary manager Nate Appleman proclaimed at the

The Wynkoop Bourbon-Barrel Aged Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout. Credit: Courtesy of Wynkoop

As a food writer first and foremost, I don't go to the Great American Beer Festival for the booze so much as for the