Tag: wine

Wine Wednesday: Pierre Gimonnet Gastronome Brut Blanc de Blanc 2006

Pierre Gimmonet is far from a household name in the Champagne business. But even though they don't get the headlines, they produce some of the best wines in the region. A great example is the Pierre Gimonnet Gastronome Brut Blanc de Blanc 2006. A "Blanc de Blanc" Champagne is a white wine made from white grapes … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Sandeman Harvest Sour

  In an effort to help make one of my 2013 predictions come true, I offer a tasty cocktail made with Port wine. I know this one's a little complicated, but if you feel ambitious, it's worth the effort. Sandeman Harvest Sour 1 1/2 oz Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto1/2 oz Apple Brandy 3/4 oz Raspberry Syrup3/4 oz Lemon … Read more

What to Drink for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is tomorrow in the U.S., that national holiday in celebration of overindulging. Millions of turkeys will be devoured, along with enough sides to make a new set of Dungeons and Dragons dice. But we're not here to talk about the bird. Wine is the traditional accompaniment for the Thanksgiving feast. Pinot Noir and Riesling make … Read more

The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition Winners

The LAIWSC recently announced their winners, and the list includes some interesting choices. Best of Show: Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey 10 Year Old ReserveWilliam Grant & Sons, USA Whiskey/Whisky, Irish Blended $3596 Pts. Best of Rum: Bacardi 8BacardiRum (Cane Spirits) with indication of age (Unflavored) $22.9991 Pts.  Best of Gin: Oxley Gin Bacardi USA Inc. Gin (Unflavored, i.e., Botanicals … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Sangria del Matrimonio

Not a cocktail, per se, but a great drink for the summertime. I made this recently at a party for my brother-in-law's wedding (thus the name) and it was a big hit. Sangria del Matrimonio 750-ml Bottle of Dry White Wine5 oz Grand Marnier8 oz Pineapple Juice12 oz Peach Soda or Nectar Mix in a … Read more

The Cheat Sheet: The Professor’s Guide to the Best Cocktail and Spirits Links

“Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall.” –Charles Bukowski In the Washington Post, Jason Wilson gives advice on how to host a rum tasting. This … Read more

The Cheat Sheet: The Professor’s Guide to the Best Cocktail and Spirits Links

"The light music of whiskey falling into a glass – an agreeable interlude." –James Joyce In the Washington Post, Jason Wilson examines the explosion in the market for orange curacao liqueurs. More from Jason Wilson: in the Philadelphia Daily News: a guide to bar-hopping in Atlantic City. In the New York Times, Robert Simonson writes … Read more

The Cheat Sheet: The Professor’s Guide to the Best Cocktail and Spirits Links

“When you stop drinking, you have to deal with this marvelous personality that started you drinking in the first place.” –Jimmy Breslin In the New York Times, Robert Simonson takes a Tiki tour around the greater New York area. More from Robert Simonson, also in the Times: some classic cocktails don't deserve to be rediscovered, … Read more

The Cheat Sheet: The Professor’s Guide to the Best Cocktail and Spirits Links

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough.” –-Mark Twain In the Washington Post, Jason Wilson writes about Buffalo Trace Distillery's Single Oak Project. As I mentioned before, I find this fascinating. Also in the Washington Post, more from Jason Wilson: the James Hotel (New York and Chicago) … Read more

James Beard Foundation Awards

The James Beard Foundation, a group dedicated to celebrating, nurturing, and preserving America’s diverse culinary heritage and future, gave out their annual awards recently. The awards for Books, Broadcast and Journalism were given out last week, and the Restaurant and Chef awards were given out last night. They presented dozens of awards in numoerous categories related to food, … Read more