I've been having a great time in the Big Easy and enjoying all the events at Tales of the Cocktail. My liver is reeling. Between all the samples handed out at tastings and presentations, and the freely-flowing cocktails at the official events, I'm glad this event is coming to an end. More highlights: I've been on … [Read more...] about Tales of the Cocktail 2008 Part II
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I went to a whiskey tasting at 10:30 this morning, this after spending too much time at last night at The Carousel Bar in the Monteleone. It's one of those slowly revolving places, which can get a bit disorienting at times; especially late at night, if you are standing next to friends who are actually … [Read more...] about Tales of the Cocktail 2007 & 2008 Part 1
["PDXMan" saw the comment below, and decided to fill me in. I thought his response was so good, it deserved publishing. I appreciate the time he took crafting his response.] "Many times imports are a much better bargain then domestics. It drives me crazy that heavy bottles can be shipped half way across the world and … [Read more...] about Why Are Domestic Wines So Expensive?
July 2007. The mixed drink scene has changed quite a bit since this was written, but my overall feel about Teardrop Cocktail Lounge is unchanged. As I was doing research for this review in my father's old bar notebook, I came across a list of ingredients labeled "always have on hand". What especially interested me … [Read more...] about Review: Teardrop Cocktail Lounge
Portlands' veritable pantheon of viniculture mastery … your very own Iron Sommeliers By Marshall and Carolyn Manning And on April 13th, 2007, these masters of wine sat back and watched a private dining room brimming with anticipation. These brilliant matchmakers had already done their part days before. This was the … [Read more...] about Dueling Sommeliers: Who’s the Best?
Erin-Marie Palmer was the owner of The Wine Cellar in Beaverton as well as Shaker and Vine in Portland [ed 2016 - now closed]. Palmer is best described as a feisty, well-spoken local wine expert who has no qualms about expressing her preferences for what makes a great glass of vino. Shaker and Vine is a quirky, hip … [Read more...] about Interview: Erin-Marie Palmer of Shaker and Vine
Portland has become positively civilized with its recent explosion of small distilleries. Let's raise a glass and have a proper drink toasting the city's burgeoning local, made-by-hand liquor producers. Classic cocktails are nothing new, but small-batch artisanal liquors are showing up in liquor stores, restaurants and … [Read more...] about Think Globally, Drink Locally
DENVER - Oregon is still Beervana, at least in the eyes of the judges at the Great American Beer Festival. Over the weekend, 2400 beers from 450 breweries were judged in 69 style categories. Oregon brewers earned 14 of the 207 medals awarded, topping last year's medal take of eight. ----- The 25-year-old Great … [Read more...] about Oregon Brings Home the Gold, Silver and Bronze at Beer Festival