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October 2007

Stuff It

Hey professional bartenders (and chefs)- here's a contest I haven't heard getting much publicity. (But then again, I haven't been reading much lately.) Chopin vodka is having an olive stuffing contest (as in, create a stuffing, not a speed of pimento insertion contest) with a big fat prize of nothing but publicity for you and your bar. Still, I've had plenty of tasty olives in my cocktails with interesting stuffing and brine, so you may as well get some recognition for your effort. Winners get into Chopin's CEO Recipe Book, Wine Spectator Magazine, and Food Arts. Labels: contests Read more →

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Boozin' Confusion

Sometimes finding the right person to contact to ask questions about a booze brand is harder than it seems. You see who owns it and ask then call them up, right? Of course not. There is a weird distribution system in this country (and, it seems, in others) that I still don't understand. Sometimes the correct contact is from the distributor. Sometimes it's the owner. Often it's a PR firm working for one or the other. Recently I tried to find the brand history of Cynar, which is owned by Grupo Campari (Campari, Skyy vodka), but distributed by importing company... Read more →

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Around the world in 80 press trips

It may sound like I'm complaining about this schedule and the resulting jet-lag, but really I'm just bragging and explaining my lack of posts. October 8-14 Paris and Warsaw (vodka) October 18-21 Barbados (rum) October 22-23 San Francisco (WhiskyFest and related events) October 24-27 Mexico (tequila) November 7ish New York (scotch) November 11-17 Mexico (tequila again) November 18-December 31 (sleeping) Labels: travel Read more →

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Where's the after-hours at?

I just got word that Swig and Bourbon & Branch will be holding discounted after-parties for WhiskyFest San Francisco Oct 23. You know, just in case you haven't had enough with the 200+ at the tasting. Bourbon & Branch After Party 501 Jones St. San Francisco, 415-673-1921 20% discount on all whiskies in our 150 bottle (mostly Bourbon) list. Just show your WhiskyFest ticket stub to receive the discount. The event would be held in the Library room and a secret password is required for entry at the front door. To get the password, send an email to RSVP to... Read more →

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Back from Poland

I'm back from Poland and jet lagged as all get-out. I was there and in Paris on a press trip for Chopin vodka. While I'll save many of the details for a later exposition on the trip and for stories I need to write, I'll hit the highlights of the distillery tour. We were there during the potato harvest, which happens just once each year. Unlike grain distilleries and other potato vodkas like Blue Ice from Idaho, Chopin distills all their potatoes into vodka (and other alcohol products) over a two-month period at harvest time, kicked off with a VIP... Read more →

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Islay and Oysters at Absinthe

I don't even eat seafood but this sounds like a great pairing. Islay single malts can take on much of the character of the sea due to the wind-swept island locations: salt, seaweed/iodine, and the smokiness I bet will work just great with how (I think I remember) oysters taste. Thursday, October 11 6:00 pm, $50 per person Join us in our Private Dining Room as we sample up 20 different Islay drams. In addition, we'll consume countless oysters, celebrating an age-old Islay pairing. This event is our warm up for Malt Advocate's first annual Whisk(e)y Fest in San Francisco... Read more →

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American Gin

Rick Lyke has a short tasting of four American gins from Philadelphia, Oregon, Michigan, and Colorado. I forget how many boutique gins there are in the US these days- lots of them. Off the top of my head I can also think of Spruce, Aviation, 209, Junipero, Sarticious, and I'm sure there are many others. Sounds like a fun idea for a tasting party... Labels: gin Read more →

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