Friday 29 November, 2013

Mixologists and Bartenders in The Tasting Panel

As Editor-At-Large for Anthony Dias Blue’s The Tasting Panel magazine, I had the pleasure of meeting some of the world’s best winemakers as well as master distillers, mixologists and other experts of the spirits industry. Here are some of the many features I published (click on each to see the full story): OR CLICK HERE […]

Masi Amarone
Wednesday 09 October, 2013

Discovering Great Italian Wines at the Kobrand Tour D’Italia 2013

Tasting Italian wines is a process of endless discovery: there are so many regions and so many varieties and so many styles, it seems as if there is always something new (even if it’s “old”). Kobrand’s recent tasting tour was no different, even if many of the houses like Pighin, Folonary, Moretti, Nardi, Tenuta San […]

Sofie and Matilda
Saturday 10 August, 2013

Goose Island Spreads Its Wings

Is there any serious beer fan who doesn’t know Goose Island? The Chicago craft brewer celebrated its 25th anniversary this Spring, and while the beers haven’t been available nationwide until more recently, their reputation for passion and quality certainly preceded them. To celebrate the anniversary and concurrent expanded distribution, Goose Island has been hosting a […]

Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Scaling The Heights Of Mt. Gay Rum & Taking The Gold!

Amid the explosion of new craft rums and other cane spirits these days, the classic brands tend to get overlooked–a point probably not lost on Barbados’ Mt. Gay, which happens to be the world’s oldest continuously operating rum distillery. As Global Ambassador Chester Browne points out, they may not be the biggest rum producers (that […]

Friday 05 July, 2013

Minute Mixologist: Mixing with Bols Yogurt Liqueur

I admit I was more than intrigued when Bols–makers of more liqueur varieties than anyone else in the world, I believe–announced they would be making a shelf-stable Yogurt liqueur. What with all the novelty flavors in the liqueur and spirits worlds these days, I wasn’t sure what to think. Luckily Bols was nice enough to […]

Monday 10 June, 2013

Tapatio Tequila: The Proof’s In The Overproof

Last night, an event at Downtown LA’s Las Perlas tequila bar was almost more understated than it should’ve been (how often does that happen in the spirits world?); Third generation distiller Carlos Camarena of La Alteña distillery (in the Jalisco highlands) was there to formally introduce his Tapatio tequila to the US Market. While Tapatio […]

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Tuesday 21 May, 2013

Una Piña, Muchas Niñas: Bacardi Fusion Parties!

Yesterday, Bacardi held a roll-out event for its new Pineapple Fusion expression, which combines the flavors of pineapple and coconut in light rum, at the iconic/infamous Hollywood Roosevelt pool. As much as I’m inclined to dismiss any pre-flavored spirit (especially one easily synthesized with fresh ingredient at a typical bar), I can see how this […]