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September 2009

In France recently, I had a tour and dinner at the house of Remy Martin in Cognac. They don't allow photography in the cellar, so this post is a little light on the pictures. (Suck it up and read.) We entered the building at night so it's hard to recall exactly what the house complex looks like, but if memory serves me right the buildings (almost a campus) was a combination of old and new architecture, the traditional tan stone buildings integrated with new glass-heavy buildings. We did a walk through of the distilling demonstration and aging cellars, then headed... Read more →

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The folks at Mixellany (Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller) have released two books: A French book of American and British Cocktails Mixellany's Annotated BARIANA: A Practical Compendium of All American and British Drinks by Louis Fouquet, Translated from the Original 1896 French Edition and Annotated by Charles Vexenat Originally published in 1896, Bariana: Recueil pratique de toutes boissons Americaines et Anglaises by Louis Fouquet is regarded as the second French cocktail book ever published. But there is no question that Bariana is the first heralded French cocktail book: Unveiled in the 1898 edition of the popular Almanach Hachette encyclopaedia, a... Read more →

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While in France recently I visited the cognac house of Tesseron. This brand is notable for having probably the second largest collection of old cognacs in demijohns in all of Cognac. Cognac can only age for so long in barrel before the spirit becomes flabby and loses its aromatic qualities. For cognac made from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne (the growing area producing grapes that age the longest), most cognac caps out at no more than 75 years in wood, though there are exceptions. After that point, the spirit is transferred to glass demijohns- round bottles about the size... Read more →

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Sponsored Post: WhiskyFest Discounts

September 30th is the last day for the earlybird discount on WhiskyFest San Francisco, which takes place on October 16th. Still too early to commit? I found a couple other ways to get a discount. I received emails from both Friends of Laphroaig and Classic Malts (Diageo's single malt portfolio) offering ten bucks off a ticket with a special coupon code. Maybe if you sign up now they'll still send you that email... Additionally, you may consider signing up for the first hour of tasting, the VIP hour. During that hour you not only get to sample the whisky with... Read more →

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I received a copy of the new documentary Beer Wars, released this week. I found it to be both interesting and annoying. The story is about the big brewers versus small ones and how hard it is in the current system to launch a small brand. It was interesting to learn how both shelf space and distribution are controlled by major brands, how they'll release "category killer" products just to knock out the competition from upstarts, and how much money is spent lobbying congress. The big flaw with the film in my opinion is that director/writer/producer Anat Baron chose to... Read more →

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While in the Cognac region of France, I stopped in to cognac house Bache Gabrielsen for a visit. I was greeted by fourth-generation family member Herve Bache-Gabrielsen and taken to their tasting room around a wooden table in the upstairs office. Bache Gabrielsen is located on a small, nondescript street in Cognac. There are few signs to identify that the street holds buildings for blending, aging, bottling, and other storage. The company owns other warehouses as well (it's not safe or legal to hold too much cognac within the city- fire would be a very bad thing) but the white... Read more →

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Tequila and Fernet, Together at Last

I haven't had the Manana Despues yet, but I fully support it in theory. It's a version of the Fernet Branca Cocktail from the Savoy Cocktail Book, using blanco tequila instead of gin. Jay from Oh Gosh! has the recipe video with Tiffany Short of The Gibson here. Yes she pronounces Fernet incorrectly, but to be fair I wasn't sure we were saying it right in San Francisco until Count Branca came to town and confirmed it. Read more →

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Cuca Fresca cachaca (Brazilian rum from raw fermented sugarcane instead of molasses) is having a cocktail contest for which they want you to vote for your favorite drink. There are too many tasty looking ones from which to choose. Check them out here. Chicago's Todd Appel has a carrot juice drink, and I'm all about carrot drinks- in theory anyway. There is also a strawberry shrub on the list- and that means Vinegarwatch Continues! Read more →

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