Back in my bartending days (many, many years ago) we rarely ventured outside of anything more complicated than a martini or a Manhattan, and we hated anyone asking for a blender drink. (“Sorry, the blender is broken. “) But now we are in the grip of the craft cocktail craze.
Exploring the various parts of the wine world, from big brands to tiny artisanal producers, can be quite a study in contrasts. Shifting from the organic/biodynamic/natural wine fairs to the London International Wine Fair, yesterday, strongly illustrated those differences. The Real Wine Fair The Real Wine Fair and RAW Fair
Backstage at the world’s largest wine competition: two incredible days of judging at the International Wine Challenge in London. Continued from Part 1: Initiation During the judging, no judges are allowed into the vast warehouse space that holds all of-read more-
Backstage at the world’s largest wine competition: two incredible days of judging at the International Wine Challenge in London. At 9 AM on Monday, it was coffee and croissants for 15 minutes while we listened to instructions. Then on to-read more-
$232,692. On October 29, 2010, a lot of three bottles of 1869 Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild moved across the auction table at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. When the hammer fell, the total price for the lot was a staggering $698,076. This means-read more-
London is an amazing city—the centuries of history and tradition combine with the most modern and cosmopolitan culture in the world to form the first 'world city.' But just when you think all is bright and modern, with a cocktail-read more-
Pizza is polarizing. Everything I offer below will be controversial to someone and make perfect sense to someone else. Everyone has their favorite pizza and it’s not negotiable. Trying to pry one’s fingers from their favorite pie (to branch-read more-