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September 2008

The Wall Street Journal's Eric Felten tries out Williams-Sonoma's new line of high-end cocktail mixes and compares them to the recipes for the same drinks in a new book called Mix Shake Stir (that I don't see on the website yet). Not surprisingly, he finds the drinks pale in comparison to the homemade versions. But the story is an interesting read on cocktail mixers in general. First he gets sassy: The flacks for that supermarket standby, Rose's Cocktail Mixers, sent out a press release for their Mojito mix this summer touting it as "a solution to complicated drink-making." Complicated? Crush... Read more →

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The real news...

...is not that Amazon.com will start selling wine soon, it's that: Hall said wine purchases on Amazon would even qualify for its discount shipping program, Amazon Prime, in which goods are shipped free for a yearly fee of $79. That could be a huge savings. The reason I haven't joined the Chronicle's Wine Club or any other is because even if the wine is cheap, the shipping will kill you. Read more →

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Is big bad?

Jordan Mackay discusses liquor at Slow Food Nation last week in San Francisco, and seems to take issue with the choices of slow spirits. Prairie Vodka is owned by Phillips Distilling, Maker's Mark Bourbon isn't made from organic corn, and 4 Copas doesn't provide enough information on their website about their organic nature. All true, but this doesn't necessarily mean these brands are greenwashing. He then mentions small brands he wishes were represented, like Anchor Distilling, 209 Gin, Del Maguey mezcal, and Clear Creek's Eau de Vie of Douglas Fir. In the case of the fir eau de vie and... Read more →

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Whisky week in SF

The folks at Malt Advocate's WhiskyFest sent me a list of some of the events happening in San Francisco leading up to the big party on October 10th. These events should be considered tentative at this point, but I think it's safe to say if you're a whisky freak, you should just clear your calendar for the entire week. And I'll take this time to remind you that you can win tickets to WhiskyFest San Francisco by signing up for Alcademics A-Plus. The list of all the events is below. Sunday, October 5th Signatory/ Edradour/Tullibardine tasting Conducted by Ed Kohl... Read more →

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Last night I went to the Redwood Room 75th anniversary party. That bar has been around longer than John McCain, that's how old it is! The room, and the adjacent Asia de Cuba restaurant, was packed with a great-looking crowd for San Francisco. Nicely done. This month they'll give back to the trees they cut down to make the bar 75 years ago, donating a buck from every Marmalade Old Fashioned sold to Friends of the Urban Forest. If you squint really hard, you can even make out Lance Winters. Read more →

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What better way to go tiki bar hopping than with 100 of your closest friends? Tiki Central's Tiki Crawl 8 hits nine Bay Area bars over four days. Surprisingly, there are still tickets left on the tiki bus that will shuttle you to several locations safely on Thursday or Saturday October 9 or 11. I just bought some. Who's coming? Read more about it here. Read more →

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You may not have noticed thanks to the incredible blog technology that allows me to write posts in advance, but I was out of the country all last week. Here are some things that have stuck in my brain as I catch up on my reading: Eric Felten (I pretty much link to his column every week) writes about the Sherry Cobbler, and how it popularized both the cocktail shaker and the straw. Then he wrote about Georgian (not the US one) brandy. W. Blake Gray says that "Nigori is the White Zinfandel of sake," but found one he actually... Read more →

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