I was recently summoned to the historic Haas-Lilienthal House in San Francisco for US unveiling of Hendrick’s Quinetum Cordial. Created over several years by Hendrick’s Gin Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie, this quinine cordial was formulated to perfectly compliment Hendrick’s Gin. The recipe developed by Gracie was inspired by the work of 19th century chemist Thomas Whiffen. His pioneering work did much to develop the use of quinine in the 19th century.
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n the Spring of 2013, Sandeman declared its 2011 Vintage Port. Recently, we were the lucky recipients of an invite to meet George Sandeman, a many times descendant of the founder of Sandeman’s port house (founded in 1790), and sample multiple vintages of Sandeman’s Vintage Port. We started with the 1955 Vintage Port, then moved on to the 1963, 1977, 1980, 1997, 2007 and 2011. It was quite the treat. …Read More
In his book Celebrity Vineyards, Nick Wise tours celebrity vineyards in California, Canada, Italy and Spain. These vineyards are owned by actors, race car drivers, people in the music family and even the family of Walt Disney. In each winery profile, the author provides an overview of the winery, the winery’s history, the vintners connection to the winery or the desire to own a winery and tasting notes for the winery’s signature wines. It’s a fun way to look at wineries and makes me want to hit the road and try all of them. …Read More
In Drink More Whiskey, Mr. Yaffee takes a new approach to examining the spirit that is fun, witty and bordering on irreverant. Mr. Yaffee doesn’t write a dissertation on whiskey in his book. Instead, it’s written as he speaks, as though Mr. Yaffee were discussing the topic with friends. Believe it or not, it’s a somewhat novel approach in the drinks book category. You generally see technical dissertations or cocktail books. …Read More