• LI makes magazine’s ‘top wine destinations’ list

    Updated: 2013-01-09 22:56:01
    New York’s Finger Lakes arguably has a PR machine that puts Long Island’s to shame, especially when it comes to using its wineries as a come-on. So, it may have come as a surprise today when the influential Wine Enthusiast magazine released its list of its “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2013″ and only one [...]

  • Is a faux pas on Obama’s Inaugural Luncheon menu?

    Updated: 2013-01-09 22:03:57
    For those of you who keep track of this sort of stuff, a pair of New York State wines will be served at the Inaugural Luncheon in Washington, DC, that will take place immediately after President Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term. This is notable because (a) such things are scrutinized by [...]

  • Seneca wine and cheese trails kick off the new year

    Updated: 2013-01-08 21:39:40
    The Seneca Lake Wine Trail and the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail have created a trio of events for the first quarter of the year. The new “Preferred Pairings” events, which are one-day collaborations, will be held January 26, February 23 and March 30. For the first event, each creamery will give a brief presentation about [...]

  • Free mulled winter wine tasting set in Lake George

    Updated: 2013-01-08 21:30:16
    Adirondack Winery facility. LAKE GEORGE — Ah, the warmth of wine. Specifically the warmth of freebies and mulling spices. The folks at the Adirondack Winery’s tasting room are offering free tastings from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and till 4 p.m. Sunday, January 19-20. Visitors will be able to sample mulled wines, specialty foods, [...]

  • Skinnytinis – Literary Monday

    Updated: 2013-01-07 14:15:32
    Search Home Top Drinks Submit a Drink Recipe Box Saved Recipes Shopping List Meal Planner Drinks Blog Drink Recipes Wine Reviews Cocktail Food Bar Supplies Home Cocktail Blog Skinnytinis Literary Monday Skinnytinis Literary Monday Rachel Halpren Monday , January 7, 2013 It’s hard to believe the New Year has started . All of the fun of November and December have been replaced with the self-loathing and sense of deprivation that January brings . After over-indulging in the Old Year , you want to start the New Year afresh . Does this require a cleanse or abstaining from fat , sugar and booze Seriously , who wants to give up their booze Not me . But , if you are like most of the girls and some guys that I know , you have to get back on track in January . You need to pull yourself back from the

  • D’usse Cognac VSOP Review

    Updated: 2013-01-04 22:43:17
    Search Home Top Drinks Submit a Drink Recipe Box Saved Recipes Shopping List Meal Planner Drinks Blog Drink Recipes Wine Reviews Cocktail Food Bar Supplies Home Cocktail Blog D’usse Cognac VSOP Review D’usse Cognac VSOP Review Rachel Halpren Friday , January 4, 2013 D’usse Cognac VSOP is the lastest offering from Bacardi’s Chateau de Cognac , the Cognac house that produces Baron Otard This is not your ordinary bottle of Cognac . It’s producers have gone for a completely different look on the bottle . It’s a bit gothic , a bit midieval with a double cross on a squat bottle with a glass topper . It looks pretty bad-ass for a Cognac . I guess that this is your granddad’s Cognac . Oh , and it comes with Jay Z s endorsement too . I have to be honest , a celebrity endorsement is usually a minus

  • Tierra Coffee Roasters goes to the movies

    Updated: 2013-01-04 21:38:32
    VALATIE — Earlier this week, I posted a report on the sale of the Ultraviolet Cafe to Tierra Coffee Roasters. What I didn’t mention was that this is the Columbia County company’s second Albany coffee shop and eatery. Its first Albany spot, opened in 2010, is located at 1038 Madison Avenue, near the Madison Theater. [...]

  • How to stay up to date with one click

    Updated: 2013-01-04 05:10:00
    If you try to keep up with food- and drink-related events in the Greater Capital Region, I humbly suggest you bookmark what is arguably the most comprehensive such calendar available: Capital Region Food & Drink Events

  • In Glens Falls, it’s bar-go-round2

    Updated: 2013-01-04 02:18:07
    Circle shows dominant bar neighborhood. GLENS FALLS — Mayor John “Jack” Diamond expended great effort last year in an attempt to block the opening of a bar by a convicted drug dealer. Well, that worked out better for Messenger House owner Robert Neuweiler than it did for the mayor. He is doing do well at [...]

  • ‘Festival of Manliness’ returning to Brown’s Brewing

    Updated: 2013-01-01 17:04:04
    TROY — Irony is the byword for titles of many special events at Brown’s Brewing. Next up is one such event, its second annual “Festival of Manliness.” It will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 20, the same day as the NFL’s National Football Conference championship game, thus the title. For $75 per person, [...]

  • Mahar’s owner ‘shellshocked’ by building sale

    Updated: 2012-12-31 23:47:31
    ALBANY — What has grown from a simple pizzeria to a string of restaurants and pubs in two decades is getting a little bigger. BM&T Management Group, which began with a Crestwood Plaza pizzeria named Spinners under Michael Viglucci Jr., has bought Mahar’s Public Bar, a long-popular watering hole in the Pine Hils neighborhood. Mahar’s [...]

  • Dowd's Spirits Notebook

    Updated: 2012-12-31 19:19:00

  • Dr. Cocktail – Literary Monday

    Updated: 2012-12-31 14:28:53
    . Search Home Top Drinks Submit a Drink Recipe Box Saved Recipes Shopping List Meal Planner Drinks Blog Drink Recipes Wine Reviews Cocktail Food Bar Supplies Home Buyers Guide Dr . Cocktail Literary Monday Dr . Cocktail Literary Monday Rachel Halpren Monday , December 31, 2012 This has to be one of the most interesting cocktail books that I have seen in awhile . A man that the New York Times has dubbed the Sorcerer of Shaken and Stirred” , Alex Ott brings us the ying and yang of cocktails . To balance the affect of alcohol , Mr . Ott has paired with it with a variety of tinctures , juices and spices . I guess this isn’t surprising given Mr . Ott’s background as a chemist , alchemist , master mixologist , bartender to the stars and formulator of Mercy the hangover prevention . beverage” Dr

  • This I Believe

    Updated: 2012-12-31 05:14:08
    If you look at the current state of the economy and conclude that old people have too much to eat, you're an asshole.

  • Seven Booze Trends for 2013

    Updated: 2012-12-31 00:30:28
    2013 is almost upon us! Seriously, what happened to 2012. It seems like it was here and gone in a blink of an eye. As the new year approaches, I get out my crystal ball and peer into 2013 to see what the top trends in drink will be in 2013. Here are my predictions. And, if I am wrong, I blame it on my crystal ball. ...Read More

  • The Point!

    Updated: 2012-12-28 06:41:14
    Here is the entire extent of the wingnut grasp on Civility: "Here are thoroughly random individuals on the Other Side saying Bad Things. This scores us many Civility Points. Hence, we are right about the Estate Tax, excuse us, Death...

  • Certain Web-Sites Are As the Knocks of Beggarmen

    Updated: 2012-12-27 06:37:37
    And ought not be minded.

  • Riunite Lambrusco – Wine Wednesday

    Updated: 2012-12-26 14:56:53
    For this week's Wine Wednesday, we are heading back to the 1970's and imbibing in it's most popular wine - Riunite Lambrusco. As many of you may know, I love, love, love Lambrusco. It is fizzy and fruity and pairs really well with food. But, I had never had the wine that beget the craze in the United States - Riunite. ...Read More

  • Merry Birdmas!

    Updated: 2012-12-25 17:47:49
    Pileated Woodpecker: Carolina Wren: White-breasted Nuthatches: And a Happy Orb Year! (Posted by ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© and cross-posted at my place. Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.) ~

  • Life Is Short ...

    Updated: 2012-12-24 04:30:16
    ...times are hard Here's your fucking Christmas card Wishing all a 2013 better (or at least no worse) than 2012 M. Bouffant

  • Bar10der – Ten Bartending Tools In One

    Updated: 2012-12-24 01:14:48
    Don't want to haul your whole cocktail kit to your friend's party, but want to be ready if duty calls? ...Read More

  • S.I.P.#10: New Year Bubbles – Aperol Spritz and Aperol Flip

    Updated: 2012-12-23 23:05:34
    Aperol Spritz 40 ml Aperol 60 ml chilled prosecco 30 ml soda water In a low tumbler with some large ice-cubes add Aperol, sparckling wine and a splash of soda. Garnish with half an orange slice. Aperol Flip 30 ml Апероля 20 ml fresh lemon juice 15 ml simple syrup 15 ml egg white 60 [...]

  • Maker’s Mark in Photos – The Ambassador of Bourbon

    Updated: 2012-12-23 22:16:58
    Not only do the photos in The Ambassador of Bourbon capture the process of making Maker's Mark bourbon, it also captures the essence of Maker's Mark. The Samuels family brought their vision to fruition in the historic Burk's Distillery ...Read More

  • Sipping Stones

    Updated: 2012-12-23 02:14:06
    How to chill a fine Scotch without succumbing to tons of dilution? A question as old as the Whisky itself. ...Read More

  • Apple-cider Stuffing with Burbon-cider Dressing

    Updated: 2012-12-20 02:44:38
    Search Home Top Drinks Submit a Drink Recipe Box Saved Recipes Shopping List Meal Planner Drinks Blog Drink Recipes Wine Reviews Cocktail Food Bar Supplies Home Cocktail Blog Apple-cider Stuffing with Burbon-cider Dressing Apple-cider Stuffing with Burbon-cider Dressing Jonas Halpren Wednesday , December 19, 2012 Bourbon cider glaze 2 cups apple cider 1 2 cup maple syrup 1 4 cup apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons molasses optional 1 3 cup+ 3 tablespoons good quality Kentucky Bourbon Combine apple cider , maple syrup , molasses and apple cider vinegar in a nonreactive sauce pot . Heat and gently reduce to 2 3rd of a . cup Gently warm 1 3rd cup of bourbon in a saucepan to eliminate the alcohol . Add this to the reduced cider liquid . Reduce this mixture to 1 2 cup , cool and reserve . Once

  • DIY Cocktail Kits – Holiday Gift Idea

    Updated: 2012-12-15 04:30:35
    Gift baskets can be a fun way to give the gift of cocktails this holiday season. The idea is simple: Pick a cocktail your recipient will love, then get the ingredients and package them in a gift box or basket ... along with copy of DIY Cocktails, of course. ...Read More

  • Five Drinks That Will Sleigh Santa

    Updated: 2012-12-15 04:25:50
    When Santa comes tonight, surprise him! Instead of putting out milk and cookies, leave out cocktails and candies. I am sure that Santa would appreciate a hot toddy to warm him up or a classic Martini to get his blood flowing. ...Read More

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