March 13, 2010

3 Mystery Whiskey

Who can name the mystery Whiskey?...

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March 12, 2010

2 Ron Cooper, Founder of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal

This great photograph was taken by Tobin Sharp at Hi-Time Wine Cellars when Ron was visiting last February....

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March 11, 2010

0 Asado Prieto

Asado Prieto 2 oz        Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas ½ oz     Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth ½ oz    Fresh squeezed lemon juice ½ oz    Fresh squeezed lime juice ½ oz    Agave Nectar 1    Luxardo Marasche Ch...

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Filed Under: Cocktails, Spirits

March 10, 2010

1 Ice: a Deal Breaker?

The question is, unfortunately, all too often asked, "Is ice really that big of a deal?  To those who have, for whatever strange reason, not gotten the picture yet—yes, ice is that essential in the making of a good cocktail.  Don't feel ashamed...

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March 9, 2010

0 Las Perlas is Here!

Las Perlas—mezcal’s new Los Angeles home, thanks to Cedd Moses and Mark Verge— is opening tonight!  When you go (which better be soon), ask for Raul Yrastorza, the man in charge, who has actually walked the palenques of Oaxaca with Ron Coope...

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March 8, 2010

0 Six-dollar Vouvray

The 2006 Lacheteau, Loire Valley, Vouvray, Chenin Blanc 12% [Imported by Plume Ridge Negotiants, Industry, CA] is medium-gold in color; with an elegant, intriguing nose of melon, honeydew, golden apple; with subtle green elements, pineapple, faint tr...

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March 7, 2010

0 Gigondas: simple salvation

2005 Domaine Grand Romane Gigondas Pierre Amadieu [caption id="attachment_214" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="Gigondas: Simple Salvation"][/caption] So, there I was, at Gelson’s, knowing that they didn’t have my kind of wine—b...

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March 6, 2010

0 Nicolas Joly—the Father of Rebirth

Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant 2003 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant 2003 Medium-dark golden in color, with hints of orange.  Deep, rich fruit, with faint sweet candied nuances— golden apple, lime, caramel,  bright n...

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March 5, 2010

0 New York Wine: Bedell Cupola

Bedell Cellars 1997 Cupola North Fork of Long Island 70% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Cabernet Franc 10% Merlot Cutchogue, NY. Deep red in color.  Incredibly complex aromas of black fruit, persimmon, Asian spice, faint soy, mature black plum, brown spice,...

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March 4, 2010

0 Wine:  1945 La Tâche

I had the rare opportunity to taste the ’45 La Tache again, recently—it has been quite impressive to watch it evolve over the past decade since first tasting it in 1999.  Some seven decades after its bottling, it is surprisingly youthful and sta...

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