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Hacienda La Caravedo is the oldest working distillery in the Americas and the place where they make Pisco Porton. It's located in Ica, Peru, about a four hour drive south of Lima. I visited in the spring of 2014. The distillery dates to 1684. Below is a picture of the document establishing the distillery. The grounds hold the distillery, vineyards, and this huge house, which is newly-constructed. You might recognize it from the bottle label. The house belongs to the owners of the brand. They were preparing for Easter when I visited so I didn't get to peep inside. The... Read more →

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San Francisco bartenders are responsible for the creation of at least 24 different spirits, some available at retail and some reserved just for the bars. In the April 2014 edition of 7x7 Magazine, I have a story about them, with accompanying recipes online. Read more →

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BarSol Pisco Perfecto Amor BarSol Pisco introduces BarSol Perfecto Amor. Named after the marriage of pisco and grape juice obtained from the crush, BarSol Perfecto Amor is a Peruvian aperitif crafted in the Ica Valley and produced in one of the oldest distilleries of Peru, Bodega San Isidro, dating back to the 1800s. BarSol Perfecto Amor is a blend of fortified grape juice from the Quebranta, Italia, and Torontel varietals. Each grape varietal is juiced separately and fortified by pisco distilled of that same grape before blending the varietals together to become BarSol Perfecto Amor. “It was a long-standing tradition... Read more →

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Hello from Tales of the Cocktail on Tour in Buenos Aires! I am attending three seminars today held at the lovely Intercontinental Hotel. (Then the rest of the time I'll just be in bars.) The first seminar was a talk by David Wondrich called Drinking the Americas from Punch to Prohibition Below are notes I took in the seminar, mostly unedited, but let me know if these raise any questions and I'll try to answer them. When Columbus arrived some South American and North American peoples had localized fermented beverages but not really any trade or exchange in them. When... Read more →

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Over at FineCooking.com, I posted the recipe for the Sazeru, a version of the Sazerac made with Pisco (from Peru, get it?). I actually made the drink as part of the final exam for the five-day B.A.R. course I took a couple of years ago. We had to create a cocktail with just four ingredients, including garnish. As the only color in the drink comes from Peychaud's Bitters, it has a lovely pink hue. I decided to serve it up rather than on the rocks to show it off. It's important to use an earthy, rather than floral, pisco in... Read more →

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Depending on where you look online, you'll find that there are either three or four categories of Peruvian pisco.This is confusing if you want to write about it. The Problem Some sites say that there are four types: Puro, Aromatico, Mosto Verde, and Acholado. Others say three: Puro (which includes the four aromatic varietals of the Aromatico category above), Mosto Verde, and Acholado. As far as I know, the national pisco association of Peru has no official information in English. And the two very official-looking websites above have different answers. The Evidence But in the process of trying to figure... Read more →

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You know how you read a historic cocktail book like Wondrich's Imbibe and Jared and Anistatia's Spirituous Journey and you wish you could see the source material they used to write it? History of Pisco in San Francisco: A Scrapbook of First Hand Accounts is basically that. Historian and pisco obsessive Guillermo Toro-Lira put together this book that contains ship's logs, diaries, newspaper clippings, and other reference material that he used to write his other book Wings of Cherubs. Much of it is new and printed for the first time. Also, I wrote the introduction! Read more →

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