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Mixing It Up in Hong Kong and Macau

Mixing It Up in Hong Kong and Macau

As Hong Kong is one of the world's most truly "international" business cities, it should be expected that the bartending community is just as eclectic and cosmopolitan, with talent from around the world shaking and stirring.
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Mark Reynier Returns

Mark Reynier Returns

The man who save Bruichladdich has purchased the old Guinness brewery in  Ireland and plans a new Irish whiskey distillery. Read More ==>

Seven Stills for Seven Hills

Seven Stills for Seven Hills

Seven stills is a tall order, especially for a duo of San Francisco craft distillers who don't even have one still—yet. Read More ==>

Treaty Oak Distilling Makes All the Right Moves in Texas

Treaty Oak Distilling Makes All the Right Moves in Texas

In September, MicroLiquor honored Treaty Oak Distilling Co. of Austin, Texas, with several accolades. Read More ==>

Earthquake Harvest

Earthquake Harvest

The response to the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the Napa Valley in the early hours of August 24 has been overwhelming. Read More ==>

Profile: Ryan Magarian

Profile: Ryan Magarian

Ryan Magarian has had a major impact on the national, and particularly Pacific Northwest, bartending scene for more than a decade. Read More ==>

Good, Cold Fun: Frozen Cocktails for Late Summer

Good, Cold Fun: Frozen Cocktails for Late Summer

Long the embarrassing stepchild of the artisan cocktail world, frozen cocktails are cool again. Read More ==>

How the West Was Sipped

How the West Was Sipped

While Santa Fe has a decades-old history as a hotbed of fine-dining innovation, several mixologists are working hard to bring the beverage end of their menus up to speed. Read More ==>

Still Crazy

Still Crazy

After All These Years, Vendome Copper Is Busier Than Ever Read More ==>

Vinitaly in a Day

Vinitaly in a Day

For last 46 years, the Italian wine industry has convened in Verona for that nation's largest wine tradeshow.
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So Very Sherry

So Very Sherry

A New Generation Gets to Know Andalucía's Treasure Read More ==>

English Whisky? Yes, English Whisky!

English Whisky? Yes, English Whisky!

Though we haven't heard about English whisky in more than a hundred years, it's not exactly a new idea. Read More ==>

Fanfare for Vecchie Viti

Fanfare for Vecchie Viti

On the occasion of his birth, the wine given to the Marquise Lamberto Frescobaldi by his father Leonardo was produced from an old-vine site at the family's Castello di Nipozzano estate in Chianti Rufina. Wines from the 25-acre vineyard had traditionally been reserved for family members, but with the recent emphasis on identifying cru-worthy sites in Chianti, in April, Frescobaldi unveiled the first release of Castello di Nipozzano 2011 Vecchie Viti Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG with a medieval celebration at the estate timed to coincide with Vinitaly.

Lamberto Frescobaldi set the stage for the introduction of Vecchie Viti (old vines) with a tasting of two library wines from the estate. Rich with tarry balsamic and dark cherry aromas, the 1961 Castello di Nipozzano had a lively ruby core of cherry bark, cinnamon, chocolate and saddle. "At the time, Trebbiano was blended with the Sangiovese and the result is a wine that's aging better than I am," he said of the vintage he received in lieu of the underwhelming 1963. The 1974 Montesodi, a 100% Sangiovese that was the first vintage for the label, was garnet and delicate on the palate with fully-developed notes of earth, tart, red cherries, cinnamon and worn leather. "My father was something of a renegade with this wine," said Lamberto "even then he believed that the wines of Nipozzano were age-worthy." Read More ==>

The Sip, Season One: Texas Wines Tasted in Austin

The Sip, Season One: Texas Wines Tasted in Austin

On April 28, about two dozen Austin, Texas-area sommeliers, restaurateurs and journalists gathered for a blind tasting hosted by a handful of family-owned Texas wineries. The event, christened "The Sip, Season One", illuminated the current state of Texas wines-specifically, how many Texas wines are not only hitting their stride in quality, but also picking up speed in innovation.

Held at the newly expanded Red Room Wine Lounge in downtown Austin, the tasting was conducted in two flights (there were non-Texas wines included for comparison; the first set of wines were revealed in between, and the second set of wines at the conclusion). Although this particular collection of wineries was mostly clustered in central Texas, the wines themselves represented a broader view of the state's various growing regions, including the Hill Country and the High Plains.

Even more impressive was the breadth of varietals being grown and represented-some, like Syrah and Black Spanish, have been firmly established in the Texas terroir for decades, while others (many others, actually, like Viognier, Roussanne, Palomino, Aglianico and Tannat, for example) continue to be introduced successfully all the time. Not only are the state's individual vineyards showing a diversity of character, but winemakers and growers are showing a lot of progressive foresight in searching to find the right varietals to effectively plant to the land.
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With Scottish Independence in the Balance. . . Whither Scotch Whisky?

With Scottish Independence in the Balance. . . Whither Scotch Whisky?

On September 18, Scots will go to the polls to answer yes or no to one simple question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" What might this mean to Scotch whisky? Read More ==>

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