Google Gets Behind the Bar

No more sorting through c. 1998 online drink compendia of syrupy shots to find a use for your new favorite liqueur. Google now shows cocktail recipes right on the results page. This feature pulls info from Wikipedia, so it’s best used for classics like the Manhattan, historical cocktails like The Monkey Gland, or do-you-really-need-a-recipe standards like Gin and Tonic. Since …

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‘Smart Bottle’ Still Can’t Pour Itself

Thinfilm Electronics is partnering with Diageo, the maker of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label brand of scotch, to unveil a so-called “Smart Bottle” that will tell you if the bottle has been opened before among other things. Click here for the full story.

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Bourbon Enjoys a Resurgence

The New York Times writes about something we’ve been noticing for a few years now. Bourbon is back! Read the full article: Seems Like Old Times for Distillers and Bourbon

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Valentine’s Day Staff Pick – Elyas

Elyas Beria, Art Director & Director of Web Operations Domaine de Saint Pierre Petit Curoulet Arbois 2012 (Biodynamic) ($29.99) No other day in the year is as much about presentation as Valentine’s Day. It’s all about showing your loved one how special they are to you. One of my favorite things to open when I want to impress is a wine …

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Valentine’s Day Staff Pick – Felix

Felix Sanchez, Fine Wine Specialist Domaine Paul Autard Côtes du Rhône 2013 ($18.99) Darker and richer than most, Paul Autard’s inky 2013 Côtes du Rhône offers notes of herbs, chocolate-laced fruit and hints of pepper. A delicious medium-bodied red with classic flavors, it manages to show a modern side to its style. This is a nicely concentrated rock-solid effort with …

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Valentine’s Day Staff Pick – Henry

Henry Castro, Sales Associate Warre’s Otima 10 Year Old Tawny Port (500mL) ($29.99) “Don’t forget the sweets and desserts for V-Day! This bottle of Warre’s 10 Year Old Port pairs well with chocolates and ice cream. A perfect after dinner drink with notes of caramel, honey and toffee, it’s sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!”

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Valentine’s Day Staff Pick – Moriah

Moriah Simmons, Web Editor La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva Rioja 2004 ($54.99) My fiance and I have a tiny apartment, so we can only pick a few very special wines to keep for aging. This one definitely makes the cut. It has great body and acid, and I think it’s going to be amazing in five years. Sometimes love is all …

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Valentine’s Day Staff Pick – Steve

Steve Lieder, Wine Educator Kitaya Ai No Hime ‘Princess of Love’ Sparkling Sake (180mL) ($10.99) “Here’s my deep dark secret: behind this Pinot-loving exterior is sweet sake’s #1 fan. I’ll be pairing this with strawberry ice cream and a House of Cards marathon.”  

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