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 …

Brilliant Blend Buys: New Scotches On The US Market

I got to meet the Ian MacMillan, the Master Distiller of Burn Stewart Distillers, this week and over lunch we sampled a broad array of the Scotch whiskys produced at his many distilleries. I’ll admit, the surprise stand-outs for me were not the fine single malts, but the more accessible and reasonably priced blends, particularly …

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 …

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 …