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What a wild, wonderful year

This past year has been busy, crazy, and wonderful. I realize it's only been a little over a year since I started writing about cocktails and spirits full-time. That seems ludicrous, as I've learned so much since my first big feature in the SF Chronicle in October of 2006. And the thing is, I still don't feel like I know anything. That's great because I get bored easily and it will be a very long time before I am sick of this topic. Cheers to that.

This year, I went on visits to the following distilleries/breweries:

  • Canadian Mist (near Toronto)
  • Blue Ice Vodka (Idaho)
  • 209 Gin (San Francisco)
  • Genevieve/Junipero/Old Potrero (San Francisco)
  • Mount Gay Rum (Barbados)
  • Chopin Vodka (Warsaw, Poland)
  • Finlandia Vodka (near Helsinki, Finland)
  • Don Julio Tequila (Jalisco, Mexico)
  • 4 Copas Tequila (Jalisco, Mexico)
  • Partida Tequila (Jalisco, Mexico)
  • El Tesoro Tequila (Jalisco, Mexico)
  • Herradura Tequila (Jalisco, Mexico)
  • Cazadores Tequila (Jalisco, Mexico)
  • Sake One Sake (near Portland, Oregon)
  • Takara Sake (Berkeley, California)
Plus additional trips to New York, Aspen, and Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.

Wow. I'd like to thank the sponsors of those trips. Thanks! You learn so much more about products from visiting the distillery and especially talking to the distillers at each.

I hope that the next year is pretty close to this one in content and adventure, but perhaps with a little more cash and health insurance and book deals added in there somewhere. Here's to continued good drinking in '08!

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