Sunday, February 24, 2013

Good Wine Design

For once you don't have to feel guilty about choosing a wine by its label. A beautiful wine with stellar design. 87 points in International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium red.  Plum, licorice and a hint of spicy oak on the nose.  Mellow and easygoing, with flavors of red berries, plum and woodsmoke.  The firm finish features broad, dusty tannins that turn a bit dry." And under 15 buckaroos!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Undiluted Truth

Recommended reading: Why Maker's Mark Watering Down Its Whiskey Doesn't Matter One Bit, by Brent Rose for Gizmodo (of all sites, right?).

While Maker's Mark has since decided to reverse its decision admist cries of outrage, I echo the sentiment that it wouldn't matter because you can definitely find better bourbon. And better bourbon can be less expensive than you think.

Truth: when bartenders misunderstand my order and give me Maker's instead of Baker's, I will correct them. But I'm usually too much of a pushover to have them pour me another proper drink. Watch out for the day I'm not, though, barkeep!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Blue Belle: Bruichladdich Scotch from Islay

Recommended reading: Letter from Islay by Kelefa Sanneh, for The New Yorker.

"Unable to visit Bruichladdich--unable, anymore, even to enjoy its whisky--Reynier devised a plan to save his favorite spirit: he would buy the distillery."