Wine Purse, Where’s My Bourbon Briefcase?

Recently released by the Scandinavian Design Center, the Baggy Winecoat is a poorly named purse that holds the internal bag from boxed wine with a convenient pour spout and sturdy base for fashionable picnic drinking. In this age of Mad Men mimicry, when we can’t all keep a fully stocked bar in the office, I …

Home State Heroes: Vermont Spirits Vodka

It’s a month of spirits awards.  The results for the Ultimate Spirits Challenge were just released, and the results for the SF World Spirits Competition are about to be.  I had the honor of attending the World Spirits Competition last weekend, and got to sit and sample a few rounds.  Two of the vodkas we …

Whiskeys of the World in San Francisco

In just a couple short weeks, the Whiskeys of the World Expo will be saturating hotel Nikko right off Union Square in San Francisco with high quality spirits. At $110-$120 for a ticket, it seems steep at first, until you realize that you will get to taste literally hundreds of deluxe whiskeys and other spirits …

ABC Despicable: California Blue Laws

Lately, several San Francisco bars have been raided (an exaggeration, but nobody wants to read “sternly spoken to”) by overzealous agents from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for unlicensed rectification. Their crime: infusing booze. Based on poor interpretation of outmoded laws written to prevent crooked bar owners from tampering with and diluting bottled spirits, …

Send Quinn to Chile

Xplorador is sending someone *cough*pick me*cough* to Chile to experience the harvest and production of their wines.   A buddy shot this video while I was standing outside a bar last night, so I’m throwing my gorro into the ring. I’d been out late with friends, so pardon the rambling, but I still believe that …

Pickleback (and the Randolph Handshake)

It seems pickle juice is all the rave in New York.  I have a feeling it will be a short-lived fad, so enjoy it while it lasts. The Pickleback is simply a shot of whiskey, followed by a half-shot of pickle brine.  It’s the only chaser that needs its own chaser, so a can of …