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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:

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The 13 best movies of the 2000s you should watch (or rewatch)

Without a doubt, the aughts blessed us with plenty of iconic, rewatch-worthy movies. And only these 13 best movies of the 2000s made the cut.
Heady stout

The 10 best chocolate beers for cacao enthusiasts

Here are 10 amazing chocolate beers that you need to try in 2023, blending a dark, malty body with the bittersweet notes of our favorite sweet.
Smuggler's Cove.

It’s always summer at the best tiki bars in the U.S.

Tiki bars aren't just watering holes — they're temples. Here are some of the very best in America.
A profile of the Smashburger chef Ty Goerke

This is how you make a proper Smashburger

A smashburger is a wonderful thing and fairly easy to pull off. Here's how, with tips from a pro.
Corn in Oaxaca.

Forget bland and boring tortillas — Meet the man popularizing masa in the U.S.

Masienda is changing the way we appreciate corn. We chatted with the founder to get the latest.
fly fishing

These are the best fly fishing spots in the U.S.

The long days of summer are perfect for fly fishing. Here are the best towns in America to cast for trout, walleye, bass, and more.
The scene from the show American BBQ Showdown

The best competitive cooking shows to watch right now

Looking for competitive cooking shows to binge? We've gathered a list of the 12 best cooking competitions you can stream in 2023.
Brucato Amaro Chaparral.

These alpine-inspired drinks will keep you cool this summer

When things get hot, drinks need to be all the more refreshing. Check out some of these cooling alpine spirits, inspired by the Alps.
Friends enjoying beers by the barbecue.

The 6 best barbecue beers, by brew style

You surely don't want to go to a cookout or serve barbecue without the best beers. They're a necessity if you want to elevate the flavors of your grilled grub.
Circle K.

Think Circle K is just a pit stop for road trip snacks? The chain now has its own portfolio of wines

Circle K is a company with more than 70 years of history and thousands of stores. And, as of just recently, it's now a wine producer.
Ferment Brewing beer.

The future of craft beer is the digitally printed can (and why that’s a really good thing)

Craft beer is always on the move. The next big thing might just be digitally printed cans for smaller runs of beer.
La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe.

The best Santa Fe restaurants: A guide to this city’s incredible food and wine

Santa Fe is known for its incredible galleries and amazing architecture. Turns out, the Southwest town has a thriving culinary scene too.
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Is fishing a sport or a hobby? It depends…

Is fishing a sport or hobby? It's complicated, but we discuss whether those who fish can consider themselves athletes or hobbyists.
Chicken drumsticks on grill

How to grill chicken correctly for a tender, delicious barbecue

Grilling chicken is more than just throwing it on the grill. Check out this guide on how to grill perfect chicken every time.
Epic Western Ranch Water can and southwest scene.

The 6 best ranch waters to drink this summer

It's ranch water season, a hot stretch of late summer deserving of a thirst-quenching drink. Here are the six best canned options.
Paloma con Manzana cocktail.

This Paloma drink recipe puts a refreshing twist on the classic

The Paloma is a classic for good reason. But that doesn't mean you can't shake things up, as this creative recipe suggests.
Chicken breast.

This chef brines 8,000 lbs. of meat each month — these are his top tips

As barbecue season really sets in, don't forget about the power of brining. Here are some tips from a top chef.
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Our nation’s oldest craft brewery is no more (probably)

Anchor Brewing Company is set to be liquidated by the end of summer. That's sad news for the American craft brewing scene.
Paloma cocktail

How to make the perfect Paloma drink, a summertime favorite

The Paloma is the perfect tequila cocktail. We asked a couple of experts how to perfect the classic drink.
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The 13 best canned salmon brands for a healthy, easy meal

Planning to have a healthy lifestyle this year? We've got you covered! Check out our list of the best canned salmon that's easy and affordable.
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These unique summer cocktails each offer a refreshing twist you’ll love

Summer stands for fun and these celebratory cocktails will keep you carefree all season long.
The inside of a busy airport.

A new study says these are the best airports for hungry travelers

Travel season is here, meaning planes, meals, and takeoffs. Here are the best airports for food, according to a useful new study.
Night Sky Over Idaho's Craters of the Moon

Where will the next U.S. national park be?

The 64th and newest National Park will be here soon. Here are the candidates and what the naming process is like.
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How to order wine, according to a seasoned pro

Wine can be intimidating stuff. Order with confidence with these helpful tips from some industry pros.
Mint julep

The 11 best bourbons for making the perfect mint julep

The mint julep calls for a whiskey of the highest caliber. We've rounded up the best bourbons for the iconic drink, just add mint and sugar.
Steak on the grill

This is the best wood for grilling and smoking, according to an expert

There is a big difference in the wood you use when you're grilling or smoking. Find out which wood is the best and what the wood actually does to food.
Pouring sake

What is sake? We break down everything you need to know

You've heard of sake before, but do you actually know what sake is? Here's an intro to the Japanese beverage, plus a few good ones to try.
Santa Teresa rum flight.

These are the best rums, according to bartenders

You can do better when it comes to the summery spirit of rum. Here are the top picks from bartenders across the nation.
Flames from a charcoal grill.

A top chef shares his favorite summer grilling recipes and tips

Summer spells barbecue and flame-cooked goodness. Do it right with these recipes and tips from one of the top chefs in the game.
Man drinking at sunset.

The science of drinking at high altitudes (plus, expert tips for your mid-flight cocktail)

Your friends may think they're feeling those Jell-O shots more at a high-elevation retreat but they're just operating in an area with a bit less oxygen.
Golden wuish duck flambe

You need to try this Peking duck prepared 3 ways

The exquisite flavors of Peking duck are now better than ever at Golden Wuish in NYC. Prepared three ways, Golden Wuish shares their secrets with The Manual.
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Got the munchies? Good healthy snacks don’t have to be boring

You don't have to give up tasty snacks just because you're trying to eat healthy. Check out some of our favorite healthier snacks.
The Champagne Safari cocktail from Hot Tin.

How to use Pimm’s for a refreshing cocktail this summer

Pimm's is so often thrown into a Pimm's Cup, a classic drink. But the British liqueur can do way more than that.
A person hitting a shot on the golf course.

Tee up at the best golf resorts in the country

The only thing better than playing golf is doing it again the next day. Here's where that comes naturally: At the best golf resorts in the land.
Once in a Blue Moon Cocktail

Celebrate Independence Day with one of these tasty 4th of July cocktails

Taste summer and celebrate the holiday with 12 of the best 4th of July cocktails.
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How to age fish at home (your new favorite hobby)

You're heard of aging beef and curing pork, but you can also age fish to give it a better texture and flavor. Here's how to age fish at home.
Cherry bbq sauce on chicken.

Chefs reveal their best easy barbecue sauce recipes to up your grilling game

You probably have most of the stuff to follow these three easy barbecue sauce recipes — all created by chefs — in your pantry.
An Old Fashioned cocktail.

Top bartenders reveal the best cocktails to order at the bar

Looking to stretch your dollar at the bar? These are the best cocktails to order, according to top bartenders.
Sunday gravy tomato sauce pasta pot

How to make the best spaghetti sauce, according to Jamie Oliver

Great spaghetti sauce is a joy to eat and simple to prepare, as this delicious recipe from Jamie Oliver reveals.

The great lobster roll battle pits Maine vs. Connecticut: Which is better?

What's better, the Maine or Connecticut lobster roll? We spoke to chefs on a quest to crown the true champion.
A glass of cucumber gin gimlet with cucumber slices on a table and container.

A brief look at the (slightly strange) history of gin

Gin is, depending on who you ask, revered, reviled, or simply misunderstood. Here's a brief overview of how and when gin got started.
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How to order a Martini like you know what you’re doing

What's the difference between a dry and wet Martini anyway? You don't have to be James Bond to order this classic cocktail with style. Here's how it's done.
Negra Modelo

This is the drink that replaced Bud Light as the most popular beer in the U.S.

For the first time in about a generation, Bud Light is not the most popular beer in America. That title, for a host of reasons, is now owned by Modelo.
Still life. pour or whiskey in to glass.

12 whiskies perfect for Dad this Father’s Day

This Father's Day, give Dad what he really wants: whiskey. Here are some great options, from bourbon to Scotch.
A carefree young man drinks water from a bottle while going for a hike up a mountain

These are the 9 best alkaline water options to drink this summer

Alkaline water is known for promoting bone health and digestion. Given its benefits to our health, here's a list of the best alkaline water options for summer.
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Use your tasty Parmesan rinds — don’t throw them out

This flavor-packed outer cheese shell is a favorite “secret ingredient” of many pro chefs, including Eric Lees, the accomplished chef currently at Busan.
An ice-cold glass of Mango Basil Margarita on black table.

The best mango cocktails to bring the tropics to your glass

Mangos and late spring go hand in hand. Here are a handful of great drinks that celebrate the tropical fruit.
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The 12 best almond milk brands to check out

Making dietary changes is a leap of faith. Check out our roundup of the best almond milk brands for 2023 to fuel your health and fitness journey.
A clank of two rainbow glasses

6 LGBTQ winemakers you need to know

Long ignored or left without proper access to the industry, queer winemakers are changing the game and making great juice en route.
The Heavenly Sipper, an AI-generated cocktail.

Can AI make a better drink? We asked an expert (and the answer might surprise you)

AI is doing a lot behind the scenes. Now, chatbots are entering the cocktail world, offering recipes and new ways to balance mixed drinks.