• The Wines of Tetramythos

    The Tetramythos vineyards lie on the steep slopes of Mount Helmos, on Greece’s most southern tip of the Peloponnese peninsula. When I visited in April, the...


  • Mezcal Rising

    Once seen as tequila's rough-and-tumble brother (both spirits are derived from fermented agave juice, though the specifics of tequila production are...


  • Wine 101: Decanting

    After last week’s introductory email on wine (Wine 101: What is Wine?), I thought the logical next step would be tips on serving wine. Now, I know you’d...


  • Ben Schiller's Smoking Gun

    When Ben Schiller, head bartender for Chicago's BOKA, wanted applewood-smoked bourbon, he broke out the big guns. "I have a hand held culinary smoker," he...


  • 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,...


  • Caves Jean Bourdy

    One of the oldest producers around, Caves Jean Bourdy has been making wine since 1475 in Arlay, Jura. We’re talking the Late Middle Ages. The mind reels....


  • 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...


  • 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,...


  • 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...


  • 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...


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