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October 2010

The Tequila-Sherry Connection

Every time I look for sherry I find tequila there too. What is it with the tequila people and the sherry people being the same people? Steven Olson aka Wine Geek is both a tequila and mezcal ambassador and also a sherry ambassador. Jacques Bezuidenhout, Partida tequila brand ambassador and sometimes sherry ambassador, also created of the La Perla cocktail with both tequila and sherry. George Sandeman of the Sandeman sherry and port family is a huge tequila fan. On a recent trip to Spain with Steve Olsen were Phil Ward and Katie Stipe of Mayahuel, the tequila-and-mezcal bar in... Read more →

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Importer Nicolas Palazzi brought in a delicious barrel of cognac that I sampled earlier this year. Soon to arrive on US shores is another import project, a long-aged Pineau des Charentes. In announcing the new bottling, Nicolas sent a great and very practical description of pineau, how it is made, and why we don't see too much of it outside of France and Belgium. I have pasted it below. After the general description I've pasted specifics as to the bottling that he is importing. If you are not familiar with what Pineau des Charentes is, no worries, no-one is; only... Read more →

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I came home with two souvenirs from my time in Berlin last week. The first is the autograph on what is probably the first cocktail book I ever purchased: Charles Schumann's American Bar. I have the 1995 Crate & Barrel edition, back from when the whole space lounge trend was gaining popularity and you could buy Esquivel CDs, bird bath-sized cocktail glasses, a leopard print-covered bar, and this book all at the same store. Ahh, memories. What I didn't know is that Charles Schumann is still a very popular and important figure in German bartending. He just came out with... Read more →

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WhiskyFest Winners

Friday night was WhiskyFest San Francisco. Here are a few things I tried and enjoyed: Whistlepig Rye Whiskey- 100% rye, aged ten years. Tastes just like rye bread and I wanted to mix it in a cocktail with dill pickles and sauerkraut. Suntory Yamazaki 1984 - yummers Aberfeldy 21 year-old St. George spirits K&L Single Barrel Whiskey - If I remember correctly it was aged 7 years in new American oak or ex-bourbon, followed by 4 years in an ex-apple brandy barrel. Tastes appley and wonderful. Old Pulteney 30 year - Old Pulteney is always better when it's old Tomatin... Read more →

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I have been tracking how different not-obvious products and categories have been entering the world of cocktails, as I think this is a good indicator of how culturally important cocktails have become. Everyone wants a piece of the action. (Related: I got a ridiculous pitch today for cocktails made with the neon-colored Alize liqueurs that are somehow supposed to be era-appropriate for Mad Men. This says a lot about the cultural impact of Mad Men, and also a thing or two about the people marketing Alize...) I've tracked before how cruise lines, airlines, tourism boards, the National Peanut Board, a... Read more →

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More Airline Menus Up

Over at the Airline Drink Menu Page I added two scans from my Continental domestic and international flights this past week. Continental now offers vodka and Red Bull, so you can treat the plane like a nightclub. I also think it's weird that they list the Stirrings mix with Bacardi as a cocktail, but a canned Margarita mix in the spirits category. One can hope that eventually an airline will carry 100% agave tequila. Read more →

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The German paper Zeit wrote up the Bar Convent Berlin, where I was this past week. Most of the article is about the talk I gave with Phil Duff and Elayne Duke on future trends in global mixology. Of course I can't read it, so I used Google Translate. The best part of the translation is the author calling Philip Duff "professionally cuddly." Another highlight is my description: Although most of the time talking to Duff, he is not alone on the stage. Beside him sits a little cramped, a man with horn-rimmed glasses named Camper English, who as a... Read more →

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