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How To Host Your Own Blind Wine Tasting

Bring the wine and foil, we supply the format
Jan 22, 2015 1:00 pm

When someone hands you a glass of wine and says, “Here, try this Cali Chardonnay,” it’s hard to be objective. Without realizing it, you’re already judging the wine based on all the Cali Chard you’ve had in the past, or what people have told you about it. That’s partly why, hands down, the best way to get to know wine is to blind taste on a regular basis. Rachel Signer breaks down the best ways to conduct such a tasting and keep even your most educated drinkers guessing.

Meet Dr. Don Livermore, The Mad Scientist Of Whisky

The doctor is in and fielding our liquor questions
Jan 9, 2015 2:00 pm

Thankfully for fans of brown liquor worldwide, there are gentlemen like the esteemed Dr. Don Livermore, Master Distiller for J.P. Wiser’s, a literal expert in whiskey-making and aging with a Bachelor's in microbiology — as well as an MS and Ph.D in Brewing and Distilling from Edinburgh's Heriot Watt University. We recently had him tell us all about Canadian Whisky.

What The Hell Is Colorado Whiskey? For One Distiller, The Answer Is Complicated.

The twisted genealogy of a truly American spirit
Jan 5, 2015 1:00 pm

Colorado whiskey nomenclature is a tangled mess. The grain comes from all over the Midwest, the liquor is distilled and aged in Indiana and the bottling is done in Denver. It’s named after an old Colorado mining town and sold in bottles that proclaim its Colorado bona fides, like the fact that it’s made with “pure Rocky Mountain water.” So what is Colorado whiskey? Whatever the hell distiller Jess Graber says it is. Here are the ones we're sipping.

Fish & Game's Little Miss Muffet Cocktail Recipe

A mezcal drink that's perfect for the holidays
Dec 18, 2014 3:00 pm

As befits a seasonal restaurant, Fish & Game in Hudson, NY, publishes a quarterly newsletter that highlights the ingredients, the people and the ideas that influence the cooking and drinking that goes on in within its walls. The just-issued fall newsletter features a look at the F&G farm in nearby Claverack, a profile of the baker whose bread baskets are often a highlight of any meal there, and some tanatalizing recipes, including this earthy mezcal-based cocktail.

Seriously Dude, Buy A Punch Bowl Already

Why punch should be the focus this holiday season
Dec 18, 2014 10:00 am

Long before the cocktail was, well, a cocktail, there was punch. While the word “cocktail” was first mentioned in print in 1798 in London, punch had its first recipe mentioned in 1670. So just how has the big bowl that has become synonymous with insipid fruit juices and bad hooch evolved over the years? And why are we officially declaring it time for a punch comeback? Read on.

Fever-Tree Founders Stared Down Congolese Militants. Why? To Make A Good Tonic.

Starting any company is risky, just not like this
Dec 17, 2014 10:00 am

How far would you go for a decent gin and tonic? Many of us are prepared to splurge on good gin. And, a good number have figured out that good gin is a waste if it isn’t topped off with good tonic. It makes up three quarters of the drink, after all. But, few of us have trekked deep into central Africa on a quest for the perfect mixer to match our high-end hooch. For the founders of Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water, however, this bold mission made some sense.

Can An IV Drip Cure Your Hangover? We Put It To The Test.

The IV Doctor administers in-home treatments
Dec 4, 2014 9:00 am

Feeling hungover? Hey, we've been there. Many times. We've tried every reputed cure on the market, too, but no luck. Now, there's a new company that promises to fix that jittery, queasy, head-pounding, morning-after feeling, and quick. And, you don't even have to get out of bed. Intrepid "frat star" correspondent George Embiricos tests out the IV Doctor.

Maybe You Should Be Drinking More Port Wine

Wine Spectator names a Port as Wine of the Year
Nov 18, 2014 3:00 pm

Oenophile bible Wine Spectator has released its annual rankings, with Dow's Vintage Port 2011 earning the highest honor at No. 1. That's right, a Port. Chad Walsh ponders this unusual selection and why you should consider buying a bottle. Or two.

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