August 13, 2010

0 Latour ’82 Bested by ‘81?

Latour ’82 Bested by ‘81?
How is it possible that this 1981 Château Latour was better than the last bottle of 1982 I had?  For anyone who knows me, the answer is predictably simple: provenance.  Without even jumping into the sticky dilemma that is counterfeit wine (the s...

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August 11, 2010

0 Signet—Glenmorangie

Signet—Glenmorangie
Last night, I had the great fortune of being introduced to John Skipworth—CEO of the Glenmorangie Company—by Lucas Paya at the Bazaar.  Under his arm, a bottle of the much coveted Signet.  As a rule, I am generally what one would call a puris...

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Filed Under: Spirits

August 7, 2010

2 WhistlePig: Pure Rye Whiskey

WhistlePig: Pure Rye Whiskey
WhistlePig Rye Last Thursday night, I had the pleasure of tasting one of the most exciting (new-release) whiskeys that I’ve had in the past several years.  And, I have the great fortune of tasting a lot of whiskey above and beyond the pre-Prohi...

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July 24, 2010

4 La Verdad: Ron Cooper

La Verdad: Ron Cooper
With all the depraved Tales madness erupting, as evidenced by erratic, incomprehensible text messages streaming in from New Orleans, around the clock—I wanted to address something.  As has been the case for the past few years, now—particularly...

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June 2, 2010

0 Del Maguey in Keller Country

Del Maguey in Keller Country
An amazing evening of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal at Pancha's in Yountville, CA....

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May 29, 2010

May 26, 2010

0 the Margarita

the Margarita
The Margarita, in all of its simplistic glory—with more self-professed originators than the internet, see Ted Haigh interview—is all too often forsaken.  In a town like Los Angeles, sadly, one couldn't find a decent Margarita until a few years a...

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May 25, 2010

1 Q&A with Ted Haigh: Origins of the Margarita

Q&A with Ted Haigh: Origins of the Margarita
I had the great pleasure of sitting down with LA's own Ted Haigh--one of the world's leading cocktail historians.  Our topic for the day: the Margarita--one of the most popular cocktails on earth. Q&A with Ted Haigh Origins: the Marga...

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May 9, 2010

1 Pisco Sour

Pisco Sour
How many times have we had Pisco Sours--and how many poor executions have we endured?  Properly made, this cocktail should transport you to a strange and fantastic place, familiar and entirely unknown.  I have worked hard to duplicate the best Pi...

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May 4, 2010

0 Leave it to the Experts

Leave it to the Experts
Last night, I saw the best thing ever aired on the Food Network—something I've lost nearly all taste for. It was from Season 7, Episode 01 – “Sturgeon” was the secret ingredient. Iron Chef Michael Symon Vs. Chef David Adjey Judges: Andre...

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