sherry Feed

Toronto Cocktail Week runs October 1-7, 2013. I'll be there for part of that week and giving three talks at the Drake Hotel, and they're all *free* so come on up! TCW ICE ICE BABY SEMINAR A look at the ice obsession Ice is an element in nearly every cocktail in the world; it's kind of a big deal. But until the mid-1800s, it wasn't a factor in drinks at all. We'll take a look at the history of ice and how it changed cocktails forever, creating the category of Juleps and Cobblers in particular as well as "American drinks"... Read more →

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

There aren’t very many books on sherry written in English. The most classic one is Sherry by Julian Jeffs, written in 1961 and most recently updated in 2004 but seems to be currently out of print. That book is very detailed and quite dense, though also very thorough. However a lot has changed since it was written. The 2012 book Sherry, Manzanilla, & Montilla: A Guide to the Traditional Wines of Andalucia by Peter Liem and Jesus Barquin is quite a different thing. For starters, they don’t dwell too much on history- that section is about 15 pages long. But... Read more →

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

In my talk on sherry at Tales of the Cocktail, I was trying to summarize sherry in a way that makes it easy to understand what is in the bottles you find on shelves. I think the three slides below get us pretty close (though I had 90 slides during the talk!). The last chart is the most important one if you want to skip ahead. Sherry is aged in three ways: With a layer of yeast called flor that floats on top of the wine in the barrel. This is biological aging. This sherry usually tastes yeasty, light, and... Read more →

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

Join Camper English at Tales of the Cocktail

This year at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans in July I'll be involved in five events. Come join me! The Bowmore event is free, as is the Merlet Sidecar competition (with wristband). The other three are ticketed seminars, and I think anyone who enjoys this website will really enjoy these educational sessions. The Taste of Islay: Bowmore, Bivalves, and Blindfolds Arnaud’s 813 Rue Bienville, New Orleans Tues, July 16, 2013 5:30pm – 7:30pm Please RSVP to BowmoreTales@savonacommunications.com. Include your full name, number of guests and company affiliation. Let’s go to Islay! Journey with us to the enchanting Scottish... Read more →

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

The bar 15 Romolo in San Francisco has released a "Sherry Christmas" cocktail menu where every drink on the menu (except one) is made with sherry! The cocktails are below for easier reading. I want to try them all. White Elephant don’t look a gift packyderm in the mouth white port, manzanilla sherry, spiced liqueur, sherry vinegar, and a dash of absinthe $9 Star in the East a party in the west pür pear liqueur, olorosso sherry, grenadine, lemon and cava rosado $12 The Bitter Uncle every family got one mount gay xo rum, fino sherry, carpano, cynar, grapefruit twist,... Read more →

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

New Cocktail Program at Sherry-Centric Gitane in SF

Gitane restaurant has a lovely bar with a sherry-centric cocktail program. It was originally designed by Dominic Venegas and later handled by Alex Smith, who recently left to open Honor Bar in Emeryville. The new and slightly simplified menu is the work of lead barman Ramon Garcia, with some aid from Neyah White (formerly of NOPA). Vinegar lovers should be thrilled to see the Sherry Shrub back on a menu. SHERRY SHRUB barbadillo manzanilla sherry,seasonal house shrub, lemon peel BOOTHBY cava, bourbon, sweet vermouth,angostura bitters LA PERLA reposado tequila, manzanilla sherry,pear liqueur SMOKED PALOMINO crema de mezcal,amontillado sherry, grapefruit &... Read more →

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

Sherries Sampled

In my recent sherry class at the Beverage Academy at Bourbon & Branch, we sampled many excellent sherries, most of which were donated by the brands. I'd like to thank them. We tried: Hidalgo La Gitana, Manzanilla Sandeman Don Fino, Fino Equipo Navazos La Bota De Fino (No. 18), Fino Harvey’s Bristol Cream, Cream Oloroso Dry Sack Oloroso 15 Year Old, Oloroso Sandeman Royal Corregidor 20 Year Old, Oloroso Gonzalez Byass Vina AB Amontillado Seco, Amontillado\ Sandeman Royal Esmeralda, Amontillado Gonzalez Byass Apostoles, Palo Cortado Equipo Navazos La Bota De Pedro Ximenez (No. 12), Pedro Ximenez Sandeman Royal Amrosante 20... Read more →

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

On October 24th, I'll be teaching a class at Bourbon & Branch's Beverage Academy! This class was scheduled previously, but foolishly on a holiday weekend so we moved the date. Not only that, we lowered the price to sixty bucks. There is going to be some excellent sherry for sipping at this seminar. I hope you'll join me. I'm really excited about it. Sherry is a big category of rather complex fortified wine, so I'll be busting out my PowerPoint ninja skills and a whole lot of tasting glasses. Here's the class description. Oh Sherry! Sherry is wide category of... Read more →

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