The Cellarist spotlights the beautiful cork-cage art on Francois Pinon Vouvray Brut Non-Dosé.
(The stuff inside the bottle pairs well with Korean-style fried chicken, in case you wondered.)
The Corpse Canonizer by Paranoid123, a Forbidden Island Cocktail Contest runner-up!
Spirits aficionados will flock to San Francisco next week for WhiskeyFest events celebrating everything from rare single-malt Scotches to Kentucky rye.
Mexican vs. American Coke: Kate at Accidental Hedonist debunks the soda-maker's claim that they all taste the same.
BrewSocial, a networking site for beer lovers.
If we can trust our rusty high school German, it seems master distiller Hans Reisetbauer crafts liquors from interesting produce, including carrot and ginger.
The sleek Rido bottle opener by Blomus puts a stylish twist on a classic bar essential.
Ednbrg makes his first batch of grapefruitcello, then designs drinks to make good use of it, including "Papa Ain’t Comin’ Home": Rum, 'cello, lemon juice, bitters, and egg white.
Clever wine coasters by Montreal designer Julien De Repentigny
It’s high time tikiphiles had a morning drink of their own: a little Hair of the Mongoose from Humuhumu
Crystal Head Vodka, presented by Dan Aykroyd. His video here is amazing. Not sure why he has jumped into the spirits game, but with an opening like this, welcome.
Number 4 in the 6-part series of drink previews for Le Mixeur Cinq, it's Andrew Bohrer's "Randy Baker."
Stanley Flask ~ love this flask, just saw it in person at the DWR Tools for Living in Santa Monica
"Have you seen this moai?" A limited-edition tiki mug for sale to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria -- a drink that's as delicious as is beautiful!
A visual timeline of wine vessels and closures throughout the centuries at Francis Ford Coppola's Encyclopedia Wines.
Each set of Citi Skyline cocktail glasses illustrates the view from afar of New York, London, Paris, and San Francisco.
Underhill Lounge takes the Savoy Cocktail Book out for a drink... the Fairbanks Cocktail (No. 1) made by Jennifer Colliau at San Francisco's Slanted Door.
Bursting with bright, spicy fruit, the 2005 Matteo Correggia Roero (about $20) achieves a fine balance. It's perfect with meaty or mushroom-y pastas, says the Los Angeles Times.
It's Day 1 of the 2008 Eat Local Challenge -- have you laid in your provisions yet? Food on the Food worries her initial stocking-up might not be enough.
Drinkhacker reviews the Smith Woodhouse Lodge Reserve, a rich and vibrant ruby Port, full of fruit and jam flavors. At $18, it's a winner.
Some drink syrups are simple to make, while others, like Orgeat, leave you cursing every known tiki bartender, dead or alive. (via Kaiser Penguin)
The Daily Green recounts how a wine-bottle manufacturer violated federal pollution laws, and questions whether glass packaging deserves its environmentally sound reputation.
The Fountain of Youth: Pomegranate and vodka in a martini glass topped with a splash of sparkling wine and garnished with a few blueberries.
"Ladies, fire up your brew pots and polish those carboys." The LA Times profiles homebrewing as the hot new female hobby.
NY Times' Eric Asimov celebrates Oktoberfest with a roundup of 24 samples of Märtzen, the traditional autumn beers of Germany.
Kevin Diedrich is featured next in the series of drinks for Le Mixeur Cinq. The Spiced Marmalade comes to life...
To celebrate the release of Quantum of Solace Bollinger have released a limited-edition Champagne cooler in the shape of a Walther PPK bullet.
Who's got Cabin Fever? A new 80-proof maple spirit liqueur produced by a family in New England.
Meet Albert Trummer, the Austrian-born impresario at Apotheke in Manhattan's Chinatown: "part lounge, part pharmacy, and part Cirque du Soleil."
Jon Bonne's online addendum to his SF Chronicle article highlights the non-Chardonnay offerings of three profiled wineries.
What cocktail connoisseur could resist the masculine Deco stylings of Ralph Lauren's Sayer Auto Cocktail Shaker?
The Orange Spur by PDT's Don Lee -- our pick for the best-looking entry in the Marie Brizard cocktail challenge.
Dispatches from the floor of the Bar Convent Berlin (Berlin Bar Convention) trade show.
Drinkhacker tastes the Glenlivet XXV, a 25-year scotch aged in oak and Oloroso Sherry casks. "Honey and flowers are on the nose, with heather, hay, and nuttiness immediately following."
The Kitchn marvels at Tonfisk's Newton cream-and-sugar set, which uses a gravity-based gizmo to keep the sugar from tumbling out.
Star Power -- 100% star-fruit juice, one of nature’s most potent and exotic sources of polyphenolic antioxidants and vitamin C. (via Beyond Drinks)
Underhill Lounge asks: "What’s not to love about a 'Cuban Manhattan'?"... better known as the Fair & Warmer Cocktail, 1/3 sweet vermouth, 2/3 rum, and a dash of curacao.
Smirnoff gets a makeover for the new Bond flick, "Quantum of Solace". (Wonder what it'd taste like mixed with Coke Zero Zero Seven?)
"Enough with this garbage!" exclaims Off the Presses, railing against excessive or overly-fussy garnishes that interfere with a drink's enjoyment.
Neyah White goes on the prowl for a bottle of Cougar bourbon.
Jeffrey Morgenthaler visits Berlin's Lebensstern to watch Thomas Pflanz in action, then explains the meaning of the Irish Goodbye.
Another Drink of Cinq, this one created by Portland's Lance Mayhew. Part 2 in the series leading up to Le Mixeur Cinq, October 4.
Ursula, a wine-bottle carrier made of leather [Editor's note ~ it collapses into a flat ring for storage]
Prickly pear cactus fruit made into a light, refreshing, and gorgeous drink.
Montage by designers Julien De Repentigny and Gabriel Lefebvre