• Drink Recipes That Glow

    I'm often asked how to make glow-in-the-dark cocktails. This can't really be done, but you can make blacklight reactive drinks and use glow-in-the-dark...


  • Cheeky Wine Labels

    Wine is supposed to be fun, right? Well, that's what I've been preaching, and while I fully recognize that there is a time for solemnity while exploring...


  • 12 Top Wines from Brooks

    2008 Amycas 13.1%, $15: Very aromatic with notes of honey, sage and lychee. In the mouth, this shows great tension with a slightly nutty core with bright...


  • Pioneering Winemaking in Oregon

    Brooks Wines, and in particular its late founder, Jimi Brooks, have together had a profound impact on the Oregon wine scene. He was a native Oregonian who...


  • What We've Been Reading

    I've been trying my hardest to convince people that lots of wine experts are living in a fantasy world. Now that's not a universal indictment, but the truth...


  • The Lost Vines of Ancient Toro

    In the age of mobile phones, CNN and foursquare, the idea of lost tribes and civilizations is something that even the most ardent of National Geographic...


  • Wine of the Week

    With all the focus on upcoming vintages, I thought it was time to look at a less well known Bordeaux from the highly acclaimed 2005 vintage. This value,...


  • Bonarda: The Other Argentine Wine

    Talk long enough about Bonarda and you'll hear all the keywords of ill-repute. High yield. Simple. Jug. Bulk. Once Argentina's most widely planted variety...


  • 15 (Other) Uses for Vodka

    These are real uses for vodka in Russia. I originally posted this last year after a friend sent it to me. Some how I managed to delete it while updating a...


  • Talking with Melissa Burr

    With March being Women’s History Month it’s that time of year when the usual suspects tend to get trotted out. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Julia...


  • The Return of the Cheap Drunk

    It’s been a long time since I donned my Cheap Drunk hat and sussed out some of my favorite bargains to share with you. Before you get all riled up, let me...


  • How to Make Great Cocktails

    There are a few basic rules to follow when tending bar. However, though basic these rules must not be compromised. Ever! 1. Premium Liquor: Always use...


  • The Bevebilita Score

    Almost all wine scoring systems purport to reflect the quality of a particular bottle of wine. Wine reviewers like to fool themselves, some very effectively,...


  • What We've Been Reading

    Sometimes we forget that many wine professionals are not just out to sell us wine, but they also want to provide us with valuable information. Among the many...


  • Wine of the Week: 3/18/11

    2009 Arianna Occhipinti Sp68 Igt Sicilia Bianco (Albanello/Zibbibo): Is this the best white wine I've had in years? Yes, and maybe. I can honestly say I've...


  • Irish Spring Cocktail

    This St. Patrick’s Day we thought it was time for a green cocktail that’s a little different. The little bit of celery juice and mint add a fresh spring...


  • Sonoma in Spring

    What could be better than a visit to Sonoma this spring? Not only is Sonoma one of the preeminent wine-growing regions of the world, but the spring time is...


  • 1990 Barolo

    It’s been a very good year. Over the past 12 months or so, I’ve been fortunate to taste through quite a few 1990 Barolo on several occasions. Those who...


  • Trapiche

    From the sophisticated, European flare of Buenos Aires to the tropical rainforest and waterfalls in Iguazu, down to the glaciers of Patagonia, Argentina has...


  • 10 Secrets of Barbera

    Barbera is known for its dark color, bright acidity and soft tannins. Due to the balance of acid and tannins, Barbera has done well in warmer climates and...


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