• Closing Time

    Mixology Monday, the brainchild of spirits writer Paul Clarke, is more pow wow than throw down. It's an online cocktail party that invites bartenders,...


  • Introducing The Spirit

    As Snooth has grown over the years, we've learned a great deal about our fellow wine lovers. We've enjoyed Syrah stories and engaged in Pinot debates, heard...


  • Mai Tai Makeover

    Don't let the ukuleles fool you. The Tiki trappings may be whimsical, but the Mai Tai -- a dark & light rum concoction that's the quintessential...


  • Bringing Brandy Back

    Aidan Demarest, one of the best-known figures in the LA cocktail scene, sits across the table from me, and grimaces at my ice tea. It's the first night of...


  • Rene Barbier Wines

    Well folks, it looks like summer is here! When I was younger I spent my summers in Europe. It’s kind of funny how summer seems like the only time of the...


  • The Old-Fashioned

    Rye whisky and bitters, sugar and soda, ice and a glass. That's all you'll need to create a perfect Old-Fashioned, the world's oldest living cocktail (as...


  • Wine 101: What is Wine?

    We all love wine -- that goes without saying -- but do we really understand what wine is? Sure, in its purest form, it’s grape juice gone “bad," but...


  • Wines of the Ribera del Duero

    Spanish wines have recently taken the market by storm, but with so many great wines and regions sometimes it’s a challenge to find wines that truly express...


  • Mike Yen's Molecular Magic

    Mike Yen's career as a mixologist began with a blow to the head. Several, actually: "I played soccer for UC San Diego, and ended up getting four concussions...


  • Sonoma Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir has a long history in Sonoma County. Long before Miles and Jack left much of Santa Barbara in shambles in the movie Sideways, growers in Sonoma...


  • The Lure of the Jura

    Gazing up from the foot of AOC Château-Chalon, a sloped 50-hectare vineyard, makes the journey from neighboring Burgundy or Switzerland worth the meandering...


  • Canada's First Master Sommelier

    From Canada’s first -- and by far most accomplished Master Sommelier -- you might expect arrogance, or at the very least, impatience with people new to the...


  • Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar

    No offense to the Bellini, but on some Sunday mornings -- you know which ones -- peach fuzz and bubbles won't cut through the haze. You need a Bloody Mary,...


  • Great Values for the Cellar 5

    After four installments of "Building a Cellar on a Budget," the chant of "Where’s California in all of this?" has grown to be more than I can bear! Yes,...


  • The Wines of Tenuta Valdipiatta

    Valdipiatta produces both Classic Sangiovese-based wines (with a bit of Mammolo and Canaiolo added for complexity and balance), as well as wines based on...


  • The Taste of Tapena

    The world of wine is a-changing. One of the most exciting changes is the move to wines that embody the spirit of their homeland. As we all search out great...


  • Getting to Know Sonoma

    By taking a closer look at the layout of Sonoma county and its appellations you can begin to understand why each is ideally suited for a specific style or...


  • Stocking Up on Syrah

    Well, this week’s installment of "stuffing your cellar on a Happy Meal budget" takes a look at grapes instead of regions. While both of our chosen grapes,...


  • Classic Wine Cocktails for Summer

    I’m not really sure if wine cocktails are true cocktails, but some of these recipes are ideal for summer fun and entertaining. The Bellini is probably the...


  • Cameron Hughes is a winner

    Ladies and gentlemen, your votes were counted, and your favorite Cameron Hughes wine from last month’s amazing Snooth Special Sampler offer has been...


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