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VelveteenRabbit2
Saturday 08 August, 2015

What makes the best local bar? 5 Things




  It’s a question I hadn’t thought about much until recently. Is it a place “where everybody knows your name” as the old Cheers theme crooned? A spot that supports the local community with little league sponsorships, blood drives and the like? Or just a good old reliable? It seems unimportant, but maybe it isn’t. […]





Friday 12 June, 2015

Not By The Hair of My Ginny Gin Gin! 8 Gins to Drink on World Gin Day




    Confession time: Gin and I go way back. In fact, while most of my friends in those experimental teen years broke their boozy teeth on cheap beer, wine and malt coolers if not Southern Comfort or some treacly schnapps flavor, I decided to go straight for gin. Partially motivated by Anglophilia, partially by […]





Casa Noble's Pepe Hermosillo and writer EC Gladstone
Tuesday 31 March, 2015

10 Ways Casa Noble Tequila Is Different




I have to be honest: I wasn’t necessarily expecting to be impressed by Casa Noble tequila. Sure, I was happy to be invited to the distillery on the outskirts of the city of Tequila, Mexico (yes, It’s actually a place), but every distillery or winery visit doesn’t necessarily make a huge impression. Also, not to […]





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 […]





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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 […]





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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 […]