Armagnac Darroze Grand Assemblage 12 year

With a dark gold-amber color and strong nose of dried fig and macerated cherries, even after ten years in oak, this blend of Gascony grapes is still...

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Shaw Vineyard Finger Lakes Riesling 2008

  I've never been a huge booster of Finger Lakes rieslings--they're pleasant enough in my experience--good for the local New York market, but...

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V.S.O.P. Cognac Leyrat

Brandy is an underappreciated category in the US--Cognac in particular by anyone who isn't a cigar smoker or rapper--and I confess I have been slow...

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Cognac Leyrat
2001 Lur-Saluces Sauternes by Chateau de Fargues

It isn't every day that I get to converse with a prince of Orleans, but it also isn't every day that I get to sample as exceptional a wine as this...

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Recuerdo 2012 Malbec, 2012 Torrontes

Wines from Argentina are becoming increasingly commonplace in the US Market, but I was intrigued to try these boutique bottlings, efforts of a truly...

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recuerdo wines
Four Roses Japanese-only Fine Old Bourbon

There are two possible ways for you to experience this particular bottling by Kentucky's Four Roses Bourbon: Either you get it in Japan, where it has...

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Minute Mixologist: “Ninja Whale” Manila Rum Punch

For a recent Typhoon Haiyan survivors benefit, I created this simple rum punch inspired by Filipino flavors: Cut the heart of a medium size pineapple...

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manila rum punch ec gladstone
Bourbon, Rum, Vodkatini Body Scrubs by Farmhouse Fresh

Hello! A scrub made from Bourbon, buttered rum or watermelon basil and vodka? Talk about date bait! Let the boozy spa day commence... Farmhouse Fresh

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bourbon rum body scrubs
Fred Minnick and “Whiskey Women”

I just finished reading his new book "Whiskey Women" in time to meet up with my colleague and friend Fred Minnick in Louisville this week and...

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013: One To Remember

  A bushel of ripe grapefruit hits you on the nose of this impossibly pale new release, along with a few limes. Lemon and kiwi add to the...

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cloudy bay sauvignon blanc 2013
Crater Lake Root Beer

Might be the rootbeeriest Root Beer these lips have ever tasted: richly sweet and herbaceous, but not a darn thing 'grown-uppy' about it. Stewart's,...

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Crater Lake Root Beer
Glenlivet 70, Balvenie 50 at Talon Club, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

However there is only one place in Vegas to sample the rare delights of both Glenlivet 70 (circa 1940, 200 bottles worldwide) and The Balvenie 50...

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Glenlivet 70, The Balvenie 50 at Talon Club, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Minute Mixologist: Tequila Moda Viejo

This started as a Mexican riff on the Old Fashioned (hence the name: Old Fashion in bad Spanish), and that's essentially what it is, but the emphasis...

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Minute Mixologist: Darker, Stormier “Sail On, Sailor”

"Sail On, Sailor" (with apologies to the Beach Boys) was admittedly born out of the opportunity that my mother's under-utilized liquor cabinet...

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Minute Mixologist: Gin-Dry Soda “Le Vent du Provence”

Inspired by an event to mix cocktails using Dry Soda's uncommon flavors, and by the legendary flower of Provence, I crafted this very simple but...

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For the Love of Cocktails Ricardo Murcia
Monday 02 February, 2015

Las Vegas Getting The Cocktail Fest It Deserves!

Las Vegas has its share of serious cocktail mixology destinations; it’s home to the Nightclub & Bar Show, WSWA (bi-annually) and Nth Universal Whiskey Experience and more than a few competions. But for some reason, it still doesn’t feel as it if receives the level of respect it ought to in the world of spirits [...]

Boss of the Bars 2014
Saturday 17 January, 2015

Judging You, Judging Me!

This past winter, I got a chance to participate in another couple of fun mixology contests, the “Boss of the Bars” competition on repeal day at Downtown Las Vegas’ Mob Museum, alongside Mixologist Ricardo Murcia, and fellow scribes Xania Woodman and Joy Robertson; then the BArocker regional bartender contest at the Hard Rock Cafe on [...]

Tuesday 09 December, 2014

Three Reasons Why Veneto Might Be Italy’s Most Underrated Wine Region

… And they all have the last name. It’s rare for me to find all the releases of one winery universally appealing, so don’t let it sound like a shill when I say that all three of these wines by the Bertani winery have a lot to offer–two of them at notable value. And although [...]

Friday 21 November, 2014

Where Is The Best Bar Supply Store? I Vote For Kegworks Buffalo!

The news out of Buffalo this week reminded me that I was overdue (surprise) to post about an amazing store I visited there a few months ago…back when the weather was milder, thank goodness! At the tail end of a trip to Western New York this summer,  I was flying home out of Buffalo airport [...]

Monday 20 October, 2014

Do You Need The 2014 Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon?

Everybody out there should know my love and admiration for Four Roses’ Jim Rutledge… You don’t? Oh well, it’s out now. There are many fine cult bourbons out there (and many phonies) but Rutledge’s Four Roses to me is consistently the most interesting, just by dint of the variety he’s able to create with five [...]

Friday 03 October, 2014

Cocktails and more on

My work at hasn’t been just about food and chefs–I get to write about cocktails and other beverages as well. Here’s a few of my pieces there: Master Mixologist Tony Abu-Ganim on Vodka Distilled A New Holiday Cocktail: The Latketini Vintage Spirits: Are They Trash or Treasure? How the L.A. Cocktail Scene Is Different [...]

Assisting at an actual Tasting Panel tasting panel!
Thursday 02 October, 2014

E.C. Gladstone on Wine in the Tasting Panel

During my tenure as Editor-At-Large at The Tasting Panel magazine, I had a wide berth to write about all categories of beverage (as well as participate and lead in tastings). Here are some of my more interesting Wine articles: OR CLICK HERE FOR SOME OF MY SPIRITS STORIES IN TASTING PANEL China_Business