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May 17, 2013
TASTING PANEL BLOGTAILS: Strawberry Coquette
Posted by Paige McCune
The farmers market was full of fresh strawberries this past weekend. This cocktail with muddled strawberries paired with Bushmills Irish Honey and gorgeous, warm weather made me one happy girl! 1.25 oz Bushmills Irish Honey 3/4 oz Aperol 1/2 oz ...
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April 18, 2013
TASTING PANEL BLOGTAILS: French Affair
Posted by Paige McCune
Don't be fooled: This lively cocktail with cherry, berry, dried apple and ginger spiced toffee notes is a love affair all by itself. 1.5 oz. Bulleit Bourbon 2 oz. NV Cordon Brut Rosado.5 oz. Cherry Heering.5 oz. Ginger Citrus Blossom Syrup 2 dashes ...
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March 15, 2013
TASTING PANEL BLOGTAILS: Natural Selection
Posted by Paige McCune
This cocktail isn't a choice, it's a " Natural Selection." PHOTO: PAIGE MCCUNE Hakushika Saké is light and fruity, with soft kiwi, pear and apple notes. I infused it with ripe peaches to give it a lush, bright note bursting with fresh taste. Don ...
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February 28, 2013
Pairing Chocolate and Tea
Posted by Breanne DeMore
With each season comes another amazing Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine event. A tour of the world and all of its amazing culinary and beverage experiences, these events offer so much to the culinary inclined: a chance to interact with ...
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February 22, 2013
TASTING PANEL BLOGTAILS: Luxedo
Posted by Paige McCune
On a recent trip to Manhattan I had dinner reservations at one of my favorite restaurants, Balthazar. I often use recipes from the Balthazar cookbook at home. I take every chance I can get to have dinner at Balthazar so that I can compare my ...
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February 14, 2013
TASTING PANEL BLOGTAILS: Empire State
Posted by Paige McCune
I recently discovered Black-Sesame Orange gelato and fell in love. I can't think of the right words to describe it: It's the Empire State Building, the Frank Sinatra, the Tiffany's of desserts. There was a taste that I have never experienced before, ...
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February 01, 2013
TASTING PANEL BLOGTAILS: Some Like It Hot, a Creole Bloody Mary
Posted by Paige McCune
I created a Creole Bloody Mary just in time for the Super Bowl to honor New Orleans. I have spent a lot of time below the Mason-Dixon line. My great-grandfather started the athletic department at UNC and I still have family in North Carolina. I have ...
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January 28, 2013
A Wine with a Story for Valentine's Day
Posted by The Tasting Panel Editors
Kevin Boyer, Tom Steffanci and Roma Obracaj (soon to be Steffanci) are the trio behind Napa Valley wine labels BOYANCI and InSpire. The team has just released its inaugural (2010) 100% Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, sourced from the Stagecoach Vineyard ...
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January 21, 2013
TASTING PANEL BLOGTAILS: Llevarte al Cielo
Posted by Paige McCune
This is the first in a new series of Tasting Panel "Blogtails" by Paige McCune. PHOTO: PAIGE MCCUNE Llevarte al Cielo is a perfect balance of exciting, rich butterscotch Fortaleza Reposado that leads to undertones of malted vanilla then rounds out ...
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January 18, 2013
Introducing Our New Cocktail Blogger
Posted by Tasting Panel Editors
Beginning next week, Paige McCune will be guest cocktail blogger for THE TASTING PANEL. Here's how Paige puts her take on cocktails : I am having a blast coming up with new recipes and experimenting with different flavor profiles. Although the ...
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December 03, 2012
Champagne-Infused Creations for New Year's Eve
Posted by The Tasting Panel Editors
What bon-vivant doesn't get tired of plain old champagne on New Year's? NYC luxury catering company Canard, Inc. is proposing something more. Check out their elegant champagne-infused creations, including the Cactus-Pear Tequila Martini and Champagne ...
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October 17, 2012
A NEAT Night
Posted by Ariela Kozin
Leave it to owner Aidan Demarest to finish off NEAT 's first year of business with a bang. To celebrate the major feat, Demarest invited some of the industry's finest to enjoy a live band (The Bastards of Belleville), bbq and endless cocktails ...
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October 17, 2012
Bottling Matters
Posted by Ariela Kozin
It's no secret that there's been a steep rise in craft and artisan spirits. With a flurry of craft distilleries and craft brewers popping up, Owens-Illinois has come up with one solution to solve the high-cost demands that come with custom bottling. ...
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October 16, 2012
Camp Runamok: Where Bartenders Play
Posted by Ariela Kozin
Ah, summer camp: Memories of frog-catching, s'mores by the fire and seeing the sun rise, and then set, while drinking bourbon. For a group of hand-selected bartenders from across the country, this version of summer camp became a reality at Camp ...
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October 08, 2012
A Little Piece of Ireland
Posted by Ariela Kozin
Among the flock of bars that open and close every year in Los Angeles, Tom Bergin's Old Horseshoe and Thoroughbred Club has prospered for over 60 years. Despite a recent make-over that forced the bar to close, today, Tom Bergin's still maintains a ...
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July 31, 2012
Red Carpet Wine & Spirits
Posted by Jamie Solomon
At first, Red Carpet Wine looks like your average retail store. Stepping out of the brutal Glendale heat, I was welcomed by a refreshing blast of air. As I meandered the rows of wine and spirits that filled the shelves, I felt like I had stepped into ...
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July 10, 2012
Captivating Caribbean Cocktails
Posted by Jamie Solomon
Bahama Breeze Island Grille is a casual dining restaurant that makes you feel as if you have escaped to the Caribbean...and what is a true vacation without a cold cocktail in your hand? Bahama Breeze has just introduced a new line of premium tropical ...
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May 21, 2012
Summer When It Sizzles
Posted by Sara Joyce Robinson
As Memorial Day approaches and the temperature starts to rise, many Americans reach for an ice-cold beer. Or perhaps, the wine lovers reach for a chilled chardonnay. While I enjoy both, when the weather turns to summer and white shoes emerge from the ...
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April 24, 2012
Adventures in Victorian Drinking II: Kentucky Derby Edition
Posted by Sara Joyce Robinson
Every spring, as the first Saturday in May approaches, my thoughts turn to the ponies. To the great lady of American horseracing, the Kentucky Derby. I can almost hear the roar of the stands, and smell the freshly-raked turf. I can see the ...
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April 10, 2012
Irreconcilable Differences
Posted by Sara Joyce Robinson
I've known my husband for fifteen years (married for almost six), and in that time we have (of course) disagreed often. Our first argument happened over a game of Monopoly. We had differing financial philosophies. I did not buy a second railroad ...
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March 27, 2012
Wednesdays Call for Whiskey
Posted by Megan Wieczorek
Whiskey has long been hailed as the quintessential man's drink, so imagine my surprise and delight when I arrived at the Next Door Lounge's "Whiskey Wednesdays" to find a table dominated by women. As my eyes feasted upon the four elite whiskies at ...
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March 26, 2012
Adventures in Victorian Drinking
Posted by Sara Joyce Robinson
It happens every time I watch Masterpiece Theater. I develop a craving for some archaic food or drink. Like Turkish delight, claret, or mead. Something I have never actually tasted, but sounds so delicious in theory. Unfortunately, most of these ...
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March 15, 2012
Lighten Up
Posted by Paul Beilstein
In my twenties, after a few years of Barleywines, Old Ales, and countless Double IPAs, I was feeling like a wine drinker in mid-March: I was ready for the beer world's equivalent of a crisp Muscadet. My expanding mid-section was ready, too. In many ...
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February 27, 2012
The Naming Game, From Hop Whore To Nut Sack
Posted by Lisa P. Sutton
I'm a beer girl. I like an easy amber ale over lunch, a sharp IPA to sip while watching the Laker game. On a hastily-poured stout, I've been known to drink up the foamy head with a spoon. Though I can't wait 15 minutes for delivery pizza, I will ...
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February 21, 2012
Barrel-Aged Ales: A Gateway to Top-Shelf Spirits?
Posted by Paul Beilstein
Since moving to Portland, Oregon in 2010, I have met quite a few people whose drinking histories begin with craft beer. Unlike myself and most of my prior acquaintances, these drinkers did not begin by trying to play cool while they choked down a ...
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February 13, 2012
Party In Aisle 4
Posted by Lisa P. Sutton
I hadn't planned to be drinking at noon. My ten-minute errand at BevMo turned into a three-hour detour. I had gone in only to replenish a few favorites, the Napa Smith Lost Dog Red Ale, a couple of different Allegash Belgians, and a bottle of what I ...
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February 06, 2012
Calimocho
Posted by Lisa P. Sutton
This is how it happens. You have a dinner party. It goes well. It goes so well that you and your guests plow through all of your bottles of decent wine. When you come home from work the following Monday, your eyes bloodshot from too many hours in ...
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January 30, 2012
And Then There Was Shandy
Posted by Lisa P. Sutton
Like most women, I wasn't born a beer fan. I came of age drinking whatever tasted least like alcohol: fruit-flavored wine coolers, mimosas, forgotten bottles of coffee liquors my parents received each year as Christmas gifts. Drinking then was ...
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November 16, 2011
Make up Your Freakin' Minds, Researchers!
Posted by Zack Jenkins
Is wine good for me or not?! A recent study by Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that women who drink just two glasses of wine a day are 50% more likely to get breast cancer than those that don't drink at all. And ...
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November 09, 2011
Any Excuse to Shoot Lasers, Right, Scotland?
Posted by Zack Jenkins
Researchers at Andrews University in Scotland have figured out the best way to test scotch-whisky authenticity-fire a laser at it! It sounds like a perfect Star Wars moment for alcohol lovers, doesn't it? But no, they're serious. It was all developed ...
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November 02, 2011
It's Not Okay, It's ArKay . . . and It's Alcoholic-Free!
Posted by Zack Jenkins
It's not just beer and wine that can be non-alcoholic anymore. Whisky has entered the sober game. The $40 billion dollar non-alcoholic beverage market is experiencing a first: ArKay Alcoholic -Free Whisky Flavored Drink. Available for purchase on ...
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May 06, 2011
Muscadet May in Boston
Posted by Becky Sue Epstein
Actually, I don’t think about Muscadet wine a lot. I’d rather it simply showed up in a glass so I could just drink it. So when I was given a chance to sample several Muscadets with oysters, of course I said yes. The SecondGlass people combined forces ...
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April 25, 2011
Amarone from any year? How about 1980!
Posted by Becky Sue Epstein
One of my favorite things about Bertani, the Amarone producer, is that they make available their vintage Amarones from just about any year in the last half-century. Anyone can order one through the distributor, and the prices are in the $$ hundreds, ...
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March 23, 2011
View from a Bar: Te Tiare Beach Resort
Posted by The Armchair Oenophile
Huahine, French Polynesia After having been evacuated from my over-the-water bungalow at 5 a.m. because of a tsunami warning, I found myself spending most of my remaining time on the islands of French Polynesia sipping Hinano ("The Beer of Tahiti") ...
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March 17, 2011
Two Sicilies – Wines from Etna and Ragusa
Posted by Becky Sue Epstein
Having just returned from the annual Sicilia en primeur event, I find myself swimming in impressions about what’s happening on this island. Or is it a continent on its own? The further from the mainland you get, the more you feel you’re on a separate ...
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March 07, 2011
View from a Bar: Café Fiore, Ventura, CA
Posted by The Armchair Oenphile
A few sips of Banfi grappa. PHOTO: ANTHONY HEAD She offered gelato, too. Such a fine pair they are. But only for lingering. And lo, I must go.
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March 03, 2011
Provence with a Dynamic Blonde – and Wine
Posted by Becky Sue Epstein
Just caught up with Château Roubine 's Valerie Rousselle today at the "Provence in the City" aka rosé wines tasting in Boston. Valerie Rousselle of Ch. Roubine In addition to her "new name" (as she describes her divorce), she has several new wines ...
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February 25, 2011
View from a Bar: Harry Carry's Seventh Inning Stretch, Chicago
Posted by The Armchair Oenophile
Hopping across the country, airport to airport, isn't the same kind of fun it used to be. If you can't travel light and efficient it's hardly worth making the effort to get to the airport. Plus, our society's ongoing mallification brings the same ...
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February 17, 2011
Clear, Non-fat Chocolate Dessert
Posted by Becky Sue Epstein
It's Godiva. The vodka, not the truffles. Well, we might have had the truffles, if there had been any left. But we ate them as soon as we opened the box. The Godiva people sent over chocolate and chocolate-raspberry truffles with samples of their ...
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February 14, 2011
View from a Bar: Restless Wind, San Marcos, Texas
Posted by The Armchair Oenophile
This Texas bar is much too marvelous for words. It's more about the concepts. PHOTO: ANTHONY HEAD The crazy rum that's nothing more than bloody murder. One of the Gibbs is singing, but she ain't one of them Bee Gees. Someone is gonna be Canadian, if ...
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February 14, 2011
A Dinner Party Hosted by a Great Scot
Posted by Becky Sue Epstein
I like the way marketing spirits and wines is changing. Instead of summoning the press to a morning seminar or mid-afternoon comparison tasting, some companies are demonstrating the way their wines or spirits fit into our lifestyle. They’re doing ...
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January 26, 2011
How to Drink Great Vodka Every Night
Posted by Becky Sue Epstein
Start at 14. Most guys probably start around then, just not officially. But if you’re seriously interested in the spirits business—as opposed to just drinking—you can become a Brand Ambassador and travel the world. Like Paul Franich. His official ...
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January 25, 2011
How New EU Labeling Initiatives Will Affect US Packaging & Italian Wine
Posted by Emily Steers
The difference between DOCG, DOC, IGT (and all the other acronyms of years past) can make purchasing a pleasing bottle of Italian wine seem like an impossible challenge. So when importers, distributers, and consumers learned that the European Union ...
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January 25, 2011
Commemorating 150 Years: Two Wines Symbolizing Italian Unification
Posted by Emily Steers
In March of 1861-- just a few days before the beginning of the American Civil War-- Italy announced its unification. This year, to commemorate the country's 150th anniversary, two blends of the country's indigenous grapes will be released. This ...
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January 24, 2011
Vino 2011-- The Future of Italian Wine Press Conference
Posted by Emily Steers
In a press conference held this morning by the Italian Trade Commission, leading industry professionals gathered in a panel for a quick but informative overview about the future of the Italian wine industry in America. Moderated by Elin McCoy, the ...
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January 13, 2011
Galliano L'Autentico
Posted by Becky Sue Epstein
When I was young, I eyed the long, tall, yellow Galliano liqueur bottle with suspicion, when I saw it on people’s home bars. Rather than a mark of sophistication, I looked at it as a demonstration of ego. Which it probably was, for most of those ...
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December 22, 2010
Averna Amaro dal 1868
Posted by Becky Sue Epstein
Averna. The word reminds me of taverna. In my mind, there’s group of us lingering over coffee at the end of a long, particularly warm day early spring. We’re in a little town west of Palermo, in a caffe about a block from the ocean. It’s the season ...
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December 02, 2010
View from a Bar: Marty's, Juluchuca, Mexico
Posted by The Armchair Oenophile
Let us go then, you and I, to Marty's bar in Mexico. On the coast, just south of Zihuatanejo. We'll take highway 200 from the airport past the Hotel California (is there one in every town?) until we get to Juluchuca. Then it's a gracefully smooth ...
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November 05, 2010
View from a Bar: Riley’s Tavern, Hunter, Texas
Posted by The Armchair Oenophile
There is an immediate comfortable feeling inside Riley's, as if the place had been standing darn near forever and just about everybody in Texas had passed through its doors at one time or another. PHOTO: ANTHONY HEAD The building, I was told, has ...
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September 29, 2010
View from a Bar: Humperdink's, Arlington, Texas
Posted by The Armchair Oenophile
If you only knew how fascinating Arlington is, you might never leave. Within two or three miles from Humperdink's "tallest" sports bar there is Rangers Ballpark, where the Texas Rangers play; Cowboys Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys play-and where ...
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