Lifting Spirits

Assistant Spirits Buyer, Ryan Sacks, is pretty excited about two new products that just came in. Astoria Distilling Queens Courage Old Tom Gin – $44.99: Queens Courage is a New York Old Tom style gin that is lighter than Dutch genever, more full-bodied than London Dry, and has a natural subtle sweetness. Queens Courage is made with premium New York …

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Interesting Things Are Happening in Washington

I moved to Seattle only four weeks ago and I wondered how long it would take before I stumbled upon some interesting local wine. The answer, apparently, is four weeks. Washington is known for making good wine; fantastic wine, as a matter of fact. But what gets me excited is unusual wine. Wine-geek wine. Wine for the jaded; for those …

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A Cool Intellectual

Dante, was an Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy is considered a masterpiece. During the Dark Ages, Italy was a mosaic of small states that didn’t share a common language or culture. Dante, having written in Latin and other known languages, also wrote in a new language based on the dialect of Tuscany with elements of Latin and other …

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This refreshing take on a classic margarita features muddled cucumber, making it perfect for summer. The cucumber brings out green notes in the tequila, and balances the tartness of the lime. When the temperature is above 80, cool off with one of these.

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Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

No sub-titles needed… The estate of Zaccagnini is located within Abruzzo, about two and a half hours east of Rome. Abruzzo borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and southwest, Molise to the southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the east. While Abruzzo is not Broadway or Hollywood with sun-glassed theatre and movie star types, …

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Be Well Red

Modus Operandi Petite Sirah Originating in late 19th-century France and a cross between Syrah and Peloursin the grape “Durif” somehow made its way to California. It started being bottled as a single varietal in 1961, and many believe that the 2010 vintage is the absolute best so far. I think awesome Petite Sirah offers a cool change-up to big, expensive …

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New Favorite Cocktail

As someone who is always in favor of simplicity, I’ve mashed the flavor concepts of an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan and stripped away all the unnecessary mixology flourishes. The result is strikingly easy and incredibly good: Put one large ice cube in a rocks glass Add one part Aperol Add three parts Bourbon (I used Elmer T Lee 90 …

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William Shatner Talks Wine

Unoaked or oaked? Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay? William Shatner, host of Brown Bag Wine Tasting, on why he’s so fascinated by wine. Read the full article here.

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Work Those Mussels

When the temperature starts to approach the red line, you need quick, but delicious food ideas. There are interesting, delicious dishes you can prepare, but the thought of the complex ingredients, exotic spices and the work, plus the heat from the cooktop—well, who needs it! Here’s a dish that my sons just love and it’s all ready in at about …

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Sparkling wine from New Mexico?

Yes indeed. In 1983, the Gruet family was traveling through the Southwestern part of the United States, and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards near the town of Truth or Consequence, New Mexico. The land was inexpensive and the opportunity golden. In 1984, Gilbert Gruet, whose Champagne house, Gruet et Fils …

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