Vodka/Gin Category

Leaf Vodka
Tuesday 04 October, 2016

Review: Leaf Rocky Mountain Water Organic Vodka/Happy National Vodka Day!

Hold everything. Today is National Vodka Day. And while normally I don’t gather much enthusiasm for these manufactured holidays (Did you hear a peep from me about Bourbon Heritage month? You did not. Every month is Bourbon Heritage Month to me.), this  one gives me an excuse to talk quickly about a particular vodka that’s […]

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 […]

Tuesday 19 January, 2016

For the love of Negronis …and Amaro

Ask an American bartender to name his or her favorite cocktail, and nine times out of ten you’ll get one answer: Negroni. Negroni, Negroni, Negroni. What’s behind this fascination with the cocktail somewhat famously created in post-WWI Firenza, Italy by “Count” Negroni (there are other theories, as well as questions about the Count’s peerage, but […]

Friday 27 November, 2015

Five Bottles I’m Obsessed With! Unusual Gift Spirits

Need to find a gift bottle for that hard-to-impress cocktail fan? Your answer may be here. I’m lucky enough to get samples of a lot of different spirits, some of which are easier to categorize than others. That can be a detriment unfortunately, in that the more something is an outlier, the longer it may […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]