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I finally got the press release for Remy V, the new product debuting in September in two trial markets- the San Francisco Bay Area and Atlanta. I'd heard the word on the street about this and posted a couple hints to my Twitter feed and Facebook page last and this week, but this was the first I got an actual press release on it. Remy V is not a cognac because it is unaged- just double-distilled on the lees like cognac, chill-filtered, and rested before bottling. They're releasing the product with cocktail recipes from mixologist Charles Hardwick. I guess the... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

I've had several stories come out recently, so I thought I'd share them here. This blog is also my resume, after all. Friday I wrote about my recent piece in the daily email Tasting Table San Francisco. This one is about Encanto Pisco, brought to us by a bartender, a sommelier, and a distiller. Attention people attending Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this July: My story about what to pack for the week (for media, speakers, bartenders, PR, and brand reps) in the June issue of Tasting Panel Magazine is now online. In the July issue of Executive... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

The new Encanto pisco, released in San Francsisco this past weekend, is the collaboration between a distiller, a bartender, and a sommelier: Peruvian distiller Carlos Romero, Cantina owner Duggan McDonnell, and sommelier/importer Walter Moore. This bottling is a blend of three aromatic and non-aromatic grape varieties that give it both body and grape-floral aromatics for maximum blendability. You'll already find it at 30 accounts (liquor stores, bars, and restaurants) in San Francisco. For a little more information check out the Encanto Pisco website or read my write-up in today's Tasting Table San Francisco. Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

I was trying to create a cocktail for my seminar at Tales of the Cocktail using an orange liqueur, a sponsor of my session. After attempts at an Orange Negroni and Orange Absinthe Frappe that both failed, I came up with this way-too-simple and drinkable-as-heck cocktail, perfect for summer days and morning cocktailing. I really don't like the screwdriver as a cocktail, but I *love* this. The Perudriver by Camper English 3.5 ounces fresh orange juice 1 ounce pisco 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (cognac-based) Add all ingredients to an ice-filled glass and stir. Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

I have three new-to-me piscos to try. Pisco is grape brandy from Peru and Chile, though most people respect the stuff from Peru more. It can be made from aromatic grapes like Italia, non-aromatic grapes like Quebranta, or a mix of styles which is labeled acholado. Gran Sierpe Pisco, according to the website, comes in Quebranta, Italia, and Acholado bottlings. I am not sure if these are all available in the United States or just the quebranta that they sent me to try. Gran Sierpe Quebranta smells grapey, as you'd expect. It's not as musty as some other brands, and... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.