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

Thursday 02 October, 2014

Getting Spirited in the Tasting Panel

As Editor-At-Large for the Tasting Panel, I got to explore every corner of the varied world of spirits. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! Click on each image below for the full stories as printed! ALSO SEE MY WINE STORIES FOR THE TASTING PANEL HERE OR GO HERE FOR MORE STORIES […]

Tuesday 30 September, 2014

No Judging! OK, Yes: Judging the WSWA Iron Mixologist

There are a lot of bartenders who can craft a wonderful drink these days. But who can take a mystery ingredient and make magic from scratch—with the clock ticking? That’s what The Tasting Panel wanted to find out when we sponsored the inaugural Iron Mixologist competition at this year’s WSWA convention and exhibition in Orlando, […]

Tuesday 30 September, 2014

Champagne Education and Tasting Seminars

This Summer, I had the amazing opportunity to share my experience and appreciation of Champagne with trade professionals and culinary students in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, as a contracted educator for the Champagne Bureau. From June to September, I coordinated and organized the events, prepared powerpoint presentations and other materials, curated the Champagne selections, […]