Recent scandals notwithstanding, there are more aspiring sommeliers today than ever before. Enrollment in the Court of Master Sommeliers is up “125 percent year over year,” according to Shayn Bjornholm, examination director in the Americas. These newly minted wine professionals are exploring careers that don’t necessarily involve tableside service or wearing a suit.
Born in the Big Easy, and a favorite of rock royalty like Janis Joplin, Southern Comfort is a spirit that wears many hats (and, in one notable instance, a lynx fur coat). If your only exposure to “SoCo” is an ill-conceived shot you sort of remember taking one time, it’s time to give the spirit […]
Emojis. To know them is to love them. Often overused by baby boomers to supplement their emotions via text — a picture is worth a thousand words, after all — emojis are bigger than all of us. In fact, in 2015, the laughing emoji was awarded Word of the Year by Dictionary.com. On long nights […]
It’s cool. It’s vaguely medicinal-seeming. It’s made with stuff you could find in body wash or the Bible. At one point, it definitely probably might have contained opiates. It’s Fernet-Branca. Sure, it’s a shade of brown we tend to prefer squarely in the realm of chocolate desserts or fine wood furniture. And, yes, it’s been […]
Everybody loves a good game changer — think Lady Gaga, doughnut hamburger buns, or raccoons as pets. But every time you scan a back bar for your favorite bottle, or take your time savoring a great Margarita, you could be overlooking one of the major game changers in tequila: Don Julio.
There’s a lot more a lot of us should know about gin in general. Which means there’s definitely plenty we should know about a gin like Bombay Sapphire. The great grandchild of the 1761 gin distillery founded by Thomas Dakin in Warrington, England, Bombay burst onto the scene in the late ‘80s.
Even if you don’t drink vodka, you’re probably familiar with Absolut, thanks to its ridiculously successful marketing campaign. Even if you do drink Absolut, there are probably more than a few things you don’t know about the product, or the company itself. From a surprising level of environmental awareness to ancient water sources to that […]
Anchor Brewing may not be on your trend watch, but this American pioneer, located in San Francisco for almost 150 years, should be in your lexicon for many reasons. Here are 11 of them. Anchor Steam Beer blew people’s minds when it first arrived First brewed in 1896, and then revived when Frederick Louis “Fritz” […]
People who say that success is a double-edged sword probably haven’t struggled to pay rent in a while. Still, certain gravy trains have their drawbacks. Take Jameson, the world’s most popular Irish whiskey. The brand moved 6.5 million cases last year and reported double- and triple-digit growth in 80 global markets in the latter half of […]