Tequila/Mezcal/Pisco Category

Wednesday 11 May, 2016

What Spirits Will Ascend? Inside the 73rd WSWA 2016

It always takes a few days to digest everything that happens at WSWA—not to mention, sober up—hence why it’s taken me some time to post this wrap up on the convention of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America in Las Vegas  April 18-21st. At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Distinct […]

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 […]

Friday 03 October, 2014

Cocktails and more on BonAppetit.com

My work at BonAppetit.com 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Friday 03 May, 2013

5 Ways To Drink Better This Cinco De Mayo: Mezcals, Margaritas & More

I just returned from a birthday trip to the gorgeous Maroma Resort (an Orient Express property) in the Riviera Maya on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, which was eye opening in many ways. While the upscale property’s food and beverage program–led by award-winning Chef Juan Pablo Loza and the iconic “Freddy The Bartender” (pictured below)–is […]

Monday 08 April, 2013

Down the Hatch!

One of the many outlets I’m proud to write for is the EscapeHatchDallas blog of my friend and colleague Mike Hiller… •How’s Your Drink: An Interview with Cocktail Expert Charlotte Voisey •Eating the Road: Aureole Las Vegas’ Wine Weekend •“Tequila Certification”: One of Our Vegas Editors Becomes a Tequila Sommelier •Bottle Envy: Exploring Sake at […]

Sunday 05 August, 2012

Spirits of the Strip: Las Vegas Weekly Archives

  I also write about wine and spirits when the appropriate occasion arise for the Las Vegas Weekly in print and on their award-winning website. Here are some of my recent pieces: Rolling Out The Barrel for Freakin’ Frog’s Exclusive Cask Tappings Sno-Bar Says Freeze To Poolside Drinking Drinking like Jay-Z with the Ace Of […]

Friday 27 July, 2012

Sipping in the Sun at Palazzo’s Private Pool

Las Vegas has plenty of private pools to choose from along the Strip. But while most try to squeeze an entire Spring Break into an afternoon, Azure at the Palazzo resort puts a little more panache into the party, in their style, their service, and certainly their spirits. Basic bottle service is the typical standard […]