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How to Pop A Cork

Who Made That Champagne Cork? New York Times By PAGAN KENNEDY Published: December 21, 2012 According to legend, a French monk named Dom Pérignon realized that a cork could seal in the fizz and flavor of Champagne after he saw Spanish travelers using tree bark to plug their water gourds. But George Taber, author of […]

Dirty-Pink Cocktail

Dirty-Pink Cocktail: Bitter Truth Pink Gin with a maraschino cherry and a bit of the cherry liquid, over ice. Fill the glass with Schweppes Diet Tonic, stir lightly and serve.

Bitter Truth Pink Gin

Lately my emails have been disappearing into the ozone, so I don’t know how I ended up with this bottle of Pink Gin. It hasn’t been here for that long, maybe a few weeks. Pink Gin – must have read about it in some old book, never knew what it was. Always wondered what it […]

Black Velvet Toasted Caramel

If someone ever asked me to choose between salty and sweet treats, I couldn’t: I like both. Together, if possible. Like buttery caramel. And salted, sweet nuts. And Toasted Caramel whisky. Well, the aroma on this whiskey is so sweet and buttery, and the flavor was so purely toffee-caramel, that I had to look at […]

Frank Cornelissen’s Charming, Elusive Mt. Etna Wines

After receiving an urgent email that a legendary Sicilian winemaker was going to be a nearby wine shop that afternoon, I hastily re-arranged my schedule. I was going to see the famously controversial “natural wine maker” Frank Cornelissen, from Mount Etna in Sicily. I was going to taste his naturally-made wines, from an area where […]

Surprises — good — with Pays d’Oc wines at lunch

I was kind of surprised at a luncheon last week to find that a former table-wine area of France has really grown up nicely. Several of the Pays d’Oc IGP wines I sampled were much finer than I had anticipated. This region (mainly in the Languedoc-Roussillon area) is also marketing their wines at a somewhat […]