Articles Tagged: Places

Farm to bottle with Grey Goose

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I was recently immersed in the story of Grey Goose Vodka.  A key part of the story is the “creation” of the vodka, itself.  I am sure you are thinking, “creating vodka is simple, why tell us about it?”  Admittedly, that was my initial reaction. What could Grey Goose possibly show me but a huge industrial distillery and some slick marketing.

I was wrong!

What I discovered standing in the wheat fields of Picardy, France … Read more

Wine Wonderland – Francis Ford Coppola Winery

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Nestled in the picturesque countryside of northern California, south of Geyserville just off the 101, two iconic glass spires glow vividly against the deep blue sky framed by vine studded rolling hills sweeping off into the distance. From a nearby parking lot, guests, as if stepping onto an elaborate movie set, ascend a swooping white stone grand staircase to arrive at a large wrought iron gate emblazoned with the name Francis Ford Coppola Winery (FFCW). … Read more

Highlights from Tales of the Cocktail 2012

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This past week marked the 10th installment of New Orleans mixology orgy, Tales of the Cocktail. It is by far the largest celebration of cocktail culture in the country. Tales (as it called by ‘vets’) is a who’s who of bartenders, journalists and brands. It is a wonderland for up and coming barterers and enthusiasts.

We spent a whirl wind 72 hours in New Orleans, camping at the famed Roosevelt Hotel rather than Tales HQ, … Read more

The New North Beach

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This week’s drink was is an original creation of mixologist Ben Smith of 15 Romolo in San Francisco. In his words:

“It’s kind of a play off a Trinidad Sour. Which is 2 oz Angostura bitters and 1 oz lemon. The New North Beach is a contemporary version with hints of vanilla from the carpano and light notes of cinnamon and spice from the amaro balanced with the acid of lemon, all rounded out by

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Irish Coffee

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First originating in the 1940s at the Port of Foynes, in the West of Ireland, by chef Joe Sheridan. Wanting to warm a some weary American passengers, Joe added some whiskey to there glass.  When they inquired what sort of coffee it was, Joe replied, “Irish Coffee”.  The drink became a staple at near by Shannon Airport, where it was discovered by San Francisco travel writer, Stanton Delaplane.  Delaplane was so taken by the cocktail, … Read more

Tales of the Cocktail – Vancouver

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Tales of the Cocktail is going on the road to Vancouver, BC. Drink of the Week will be heading up the coast to experience Tales North and sign a few copies of our book DIY Cocktails. If you plan to be in the Great White North, check in to the Fairmont Pacific Rim and explore the wonderful world of cocktails.

Because it’s February in Canada, we figure this is a good way to keep warm.… Read more

4 Bars to Get You off the Strip in Las Vegas

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When looking for a good drink in Las Vegas, most people never stray from the big name casinos on the Strip. While there may be a few gems in the dozens of bars packed on that one street, it usually comes with a hefty price tag. Fortunately for the rest of us, there are a few bars off of the Strip that have earned a reputation for high quality cocktails, experienced staff, and a personal … Read more

Winners Cup

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(Note: We’re going to be doing some cross posting with Hawaiirama, a travel blog / webzine focused on Hawaii. Natch, there are some great cocktail recipes floating around the boites of paradise.)

Tim Rita is the chief barkeep / mixologist at the Halekulani, a posh hotel also known for its extraordinary cocktails. (Cocktail guru Dale DeGroff was previously the in house mixologist). Tim is a playful kinda guy and feels compelled to create whimsical seasonal … Read more

Drink Me Island Paradise Party

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Our friends at Drink Me Magazine are throwing an exclusive bash at the incredible man-made floating island on the San Francisco Bay, Forbes Island. 

The evening features live music, delicious cocktails and spirit tastings. Profits will be donated to Spark, a San Francisco based non-profit supporting women-led programs that ignite global change. So you can drink, eat and ignite global change all in one fantastic evening on Fisherman’s Wharf.

When: Friday July 29th, 2011 7:30p … Read more

Maker’s Mark 46 Bourbon Review

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This past week, yours truly ventured out to Kentucky to visit a true bourbon legend, the Maker’s Mark distillery. I was there to sample Maker’s 46, Maker’s Mark first ‘new’ product for since 1958.

My journey with the 46 began with a ride with Marker’s Mark President Bill Samuel’s Jr. out to the Loretto distillery from nearby Bardstown. Being a great storyteller, area native and Bourbon royalty, Mr. Samuels made the countryside come alive with … Read more

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