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In researching water in both both distilled spirits and at serving, I came across Martin Riese, a water sommelier. He is the General Manager at Ray's & Stark, a restaurant located at the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA). He is developing a water program for the restaurant, and has his own water brand, hilariously called Beverly Hills 9OH2O. I asked him for an email interview and he kindly consented. The interview is below, slightly modified in some places for clarity. How did you become a water sommelier? I had in 2005 the idea to create a water menu in... Read more →

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This blog post contains more information from Michael Mascha's book Fine Waters and website FineWaters.com. Previously I looked at How to Classify Bottled Waters and How to Properly Serve Bottle Water. Today we'll look at pairing water with food. You can read the full description of it on the FineWaters website. Basically, Mascha says you match the food or you contrast it, much like any other pairing. However, you're largely not pairing with flavor, you're pairing with texture. Mascha says 75 percent of the pairing importance should be about the mouthfeel of the water, as measured by the carbonation. Big... Read more →

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Glossy Booze is a regular Alcademics feature in which I cover the liquor coverage in glossy magazines. Bon Appetit (October)lists a recipe for the Highland's Fall from Peter Vestinos, available here. Also, a story on dry cider and one on dessert wines. In November St. John Frizell has a recipe for the coffee/rum drink Koffie Van Brunt. Everyday With Rachael Ray (October) has a story on "gum cocktails"- not something you get at Tailor, but combining flavors of gum to make new flavors. GQ (September) had a big feature on the six best drinking cities in the US. They were... Read more →

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Sommelier Smackdown in St. Helena

I don't often post about wine events but I do love pairing battles. Sommelier Smackdown: The Rematch! Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at The Martini House Rob RENTERIA(Ravaging Rob)of Martini House vs. Chris BLANCHARD (Killer Chris) of Cuvee. 3 courses by Chef Todd HUMPRHRIES RECEPTION 6:30 DINNER 7PM on the lawn. $65 / pp all inclusive of tax and tip Guests will vote after each course, Sommelier selections and winner will be announced following. Overall winner will be determined by highest number of total votes. Call for reservations and more information: 707.963.2233 ext. 1 Read more →

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San Francisco bartender pairs cocktail with cocktail dress Camper English, Special to The Chronicle Sunday, July 12, 2009 Many cocktail contests now require bartenders to pair drinks with meals or invent them on the spot with a secret ingredient, but a recent competition challenged mixologists around the world with a new pairing: cocktails with cocktail dresses. Jacqueline Patterson, a bartender at Heaven's Dog in San Francisco, was the winning bartender from the United States. Accessorize 2009 was sponsored by Cherry Heering, a liqueur that the brand owners call an "accessory" in cocktails such as the Singapore Sling. Read the rest... Read more →

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Glossy Booze is regular Alcademics feature; a round-up of spirits stories in magazines. Details (June/July) has a story on punch and places to get it around the country, plus a small feature on Hauz Alpenz products. ReadyMade (June/July) has another story by Alex Day, this one on ice. Looks like some good advice on how to freeze and split a pan of ice. Town and Country (July) has a feature on new food and drink cookbooks for summer. GQ (July) has three fizz recipes: the Ramos Gin Fizz, the Rum Fizz, and the Gin Fizz. Mutineer (June/July) has a story... Read more →

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I was finally able to attend one of the Three on Five beverage pairing contests held at the Fifth Floor Restaurant in San Francisco. Information on previous battles is here: Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 5. This one was an all-vegetarian meal and battle, with Emily Wines pairing wines, Beth Whalen of City Beer Store pairing beer, and Neyah White of Nopa pairing cocktails. The event was just as much fun as I'd heard, with the judges explaining their pairing decisions before each course and the audience nerding out and comparing notes throughout the meal. And... Read more →

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Reminder: This Wednesday is the latest Three on Five pairing challenge at the Fifth Floor Restaurant. The contest pits house sommelier Emily Wines pairing wines against Craig Whathen of City Beer Store pairing beer against Neyah White of Nopa pairing cocktails. This time, it's a five-course all-vegetarian menu. Bring on the Broccotinis! So that's 15 drinks, 5 courses, and special guest *me* all for $125. To make a reservation, call 415-348-1555 and make sure to specify the "Three on Five" event. It starts at 7PM. Hope to see some of you there. Information on the past events is here. Read more →

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