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February 2009

Bar Stars of SF

The SF Chronicle's Bar Stars 2009 feature just came out, and the introduction to the winners is here. The 2009 Bar Stars are: Reza Esmali of Conduit Brooke Arthur of Range Marcovaldo Dionysos of Clock Bar Cate Whalen of Pizzaiolo Thad Vogler of Heaven's Dog I did the write-up of Thad Vogler. I think the combination of profiles came out really terrific. I didn't know who the other chosen Bar Stars were or who was writing about them (I assume they were selected by my editor- it was all very top-secret), but in the end the stories reflect the different... Read more →

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I was in New York a couple weeks ago for the launch of Rosangel, the new hibiscus flavored tequila from Gran Centenario. Naturally, when launching a tequila, your first choice would be to do it in New York in February. During the day I attended the taping of a film about the product that will be used to help train the sales force, and that may show up on the web down the road. They flew in a bunch of bartenders from around the country to help. Paul Pacult of the Spirits Journal spoke about the product, and Julie Reiner... Read more →

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Vegetailians Rejoice!

In my job I'm usually the only vegetarian in the room and always the only one at the pairing dinner who has to pair all of his cocktails with salad. Being a vegetarian was never inconvenient until I entered the spirits industry, but now all my meals are planned for me and having to get the special meal (that feels like the special ed. meal when people see my Heaping Plate of Sides come separately to the table) kinda sucks. I even considered eating meat to make it easier on other people, but then had recurring nightmares about it. Instead... Read more →

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When I was in New York a couple of weeks ago I was able to stop into both Employees Only and the Macao Trading Company, which was opened by some of the same crew. The two places had similarities- both were very much busy, sceney bars rather than the quiet speakeasy shut-up-and-drink-your-cocktail bars that have proliferated everywhere. And in both places I got a good drink while the person next to me did not. My Mai Tai at Employees Only was fine, whereas the Hemingway Daiquiri ordered next to me was completely unbalanced- super citric, and no discernible maraschino liqueur.... Read more →

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New Booze is an occasional introduction to new spirits on the market. Gran Centenario's Rosangel tequila has already hit a few stores and will roll out for real in March. Unlike most flavored tequilas (not that there are that many of them) that are made from unaged blanco tequila, Rosangel has a base of reposado tequila. The standard Gran Centenario reposado is aged 10 months in French oak barrels (nearing the upper limit of one year for reposado), and blended with a little bit of older tequila. Then to make the Rosangel, they further age it two months in used... Read more →

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Two weeks ago I was in New York for a brand launch that coincided with a party for Saveur Magazine and David Wondrich and Tales of the Cocktail at Tailor. It was a fun coincidence because the last time I was in NY a little over a year ago it coincided with David Wondrich's book launch for Imbibe . After meeting Wondrich in two foreign countries and three US states before this, he said, "I never expect not to see you any place in particular." From my end I expect Wondrich to never show up unannounced. Then two days later... Read more →

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Thanks to the Dallas Morning News for pointing me to this terrific tale of intoxspiration. "About two years ago, I started noticing that people carrying martini glasses were spilling their drinks," says [Renee] Williams, a full-time information technology professional. "The glasses looked sophisticated, but they weren't functional." So keeping consistent with the sophisticated shape of the cocktail glass, Williams added a lip around the glass and a hole for a straw and Sipatiniz were born. Stay classy, Sipatiniz. Read more →

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