An intoxication conversation; Reviews of all things alcohol for all fans of the hard stuff, including best brands, films and bars.
What Total Wine & More Can Teach All of Us about the Power of a Great Idea
I had my first Total Wine & More experience late on a rainy evening at the end of a long workday followed by a middle aged, married life escape - a shopping/fast food dinner trip to a neighboring larger town about 20 miles from us. We had to go to Covington, Louisiana as we had an exchange to make at a big box retailer there, and after a long day, a “fancy” dinner out at Chick-fil-A or Five Guys seemed like a well-deserved treat for my wife and I.
The Hype of ‘Hangover IV Lounges’- Are they worth it?
It’s no secret that most of us like to enjoy a few drinks during the week, as a way to unwind. Sometimes we get a little carried away and before we realize it, we’re throwing shots back like it’s our 21 run all over again. The next thing we know, we’re waking up with a pounding headache, cottonmouth, and worst of all, regret. We’ve tried the water chasers, carb-loaded breakfast and popping pills before bed, but none of these do much to make a difference. What if we could walk around with an IV all day long? Or better yet, have one come to us and in 30-60 minutes, feel as though last night never happened?
In Defense of Tasting Notes
The reactionary strength of my position began as a joke when formidable wine critic Jon Bonné proposed the swift end to tasting notes. As a wine copywriter (a reader, researcher, and sometimes writer of tasting notes), I agreed that the industry had a problem—critics and tasting note authors bringing Neruda along to their tastings and composing verses with the kind of lexical curiosity and laissez-faire attitude for accuracy as a new MFA candidate with a bird or mountain tattoo (e.g. in my mouth/a plum/my mother plucked/like rain).
The Ginger Tea Reviews: Darjeeling and Pear Sangria
Hello, and welcome back to another fruity edition of the Ginger Tea Reviews! Tea is my passion, and I am making it my goal to share my passion with the world! Today, we are going to be talking about a recipe from a great cook book, The Culinary Tea.
The Tipple Tattle: Bonneville Brewery
About 30 minutes outside of Salt Lake City, nestled in the small town of Tooele is a great craft brewery called Bonneville Brewery. Now, Utah isn't traditionally known for their alcohol but with a new generation of brewers on the rise, Utah is quickly becoming fertile ground for the growing industry. Bonneville is what I would describe as the perfect brewpub with a great balance between innovative brews and delicious eats.
BWB Malt Beverage Of The Week — ZIMA
ZIMA is BACK! If you've been living under a rock for the last month and haven't heard the news, the original flavored malt beverage, Zima is back for a limited time only!
A Considered Beer-d
Walking through London, especially as the hordes are released from their daily lockups, I cannot help but notice the inordinate number of young men sporting facial foliage. There are small ones, beards no more than a hint of stubble, and there are big full bodied beards that could, if entering a fight, win it themselves without the help of the face behind them. It is as though the revolution that the Australian band The Beards dream of has come.
Malbec from the Land of Dreams
In the central area of the arid, southern reaches of Argentina, there is a rare oasis: the Río Negro Valley. An ideal place for growing grapes of great concentration, given the low humidity which goes all year round (to a 30% max!) and barely 7 inches of rain a year. Sounds hard and uninviting, yet its nickname would never give that away: "Land of Dreams." That is the nickname it goes by at Bodega Noemía.
Best Rooftop Bars in NYC
Prior to my current job, I used to be a food critic for a number of publications. During my tenure as a critic, I would go to restaurants almost daily to either practice my reviews and do submissions, or actually do an assigned review.
10 Things I Learned from 30 Days of Not Drinking
Mocktails will save your life. As a casual wine drinker (it's 5 o'clock somewhere), I had to immediately find a substitute beverage for my evenings and social events. Sparkling water became my go-to, either alone or with juices and fresh or frozen fruit (still served in a wine glass for old times' sake). La Croix and cranberry-apple is my staple, but don't forget about smoothies and any (virgin) summer cocktail. When out at the bars, soda water and a lime will keep anyone from asking you where your drink is.
Changing the Way We Drink
In the last few years the craft spirits and liqueur scene has exploded with a number of fantastic producers creating high quality, interesting beverages. In a world where the choices are so varied, I wanted to take a look at one brand that is pushing the boundaries of what spirits can be, and with it, changing the way people drink.
Michter's Straight Rye
There is nothing better than cracking the bottle on a new rye whiskey, except possibly for when I crack the bottle on this old favorite. Michter’s Spirits hit it out of the park with both their Straight Rye and Small Batch Bourbons. No surprise coming from a company with a winery background, but boy did they learn the whiskey business fast! You see, I’m a snob about my whiskey. If it isn’t made in Bourbon, Kentucky you’d better damn well not call it bourbon around me, and if it has cinnamon, or any other flavoring, I will pour it out and scatter spelt and salt.