Rhum Agricole: Guadeloupe & Martinique

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The Other 2% Rhum Agricole screams of place. Everything matters. From the type of water to the soil, from the varietal of sugercane to the unique farming practices, from the stills to the hands of people who shape this special spirit; the tradition of rhum production on Martinique and Guadalupe is purely French, with a … Read More

El Dorado Rum: A Taste of Demerara

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Getting there was a challenge – there were late night flights, unexpected layovers due to tropical storms, phones that fell to earth from two stories up – but when our little group of explorers finally arrived in Georgetown, Guyana to visit the world’s last Demerara distillery the trials of our journey melted away. We had … Read More

Cinco de Mayo: The Legend, the Spirits, the Party

Cinco de Mayo: The Legend, the Spirits, the Party 2

Cinco de Mayo is rapidly approaching, and the time has come to dispel some common misconceptions about the holiday (and also put to rest those college memories). Most importantly, May 5th does not commemorate Mexican Independence Day, which occurred on September 10th, 1810, 52 years prior to the events celebrated on Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de … Read More

In Memoriam: Don Manuel ‘Manolo’ Lozano Salado

In Memoriam: Don Manuel 'Manolo' Lozano Salado 2

On the morning of April 26th, the sherry world lost one of its most decorated and beloved protagonists. Don Manuel ‘Manolo’ Lozano Salado was born in Jerez de la Frontera in 1954. His family was in the hospitality business, counting bars, restaurants and the Hotel Comercio on the Calle Doña Blanca among their business interests. … Read More

Terry Theise’s 2015 Germany Vintage Report

Terry Theise's 2015 Germany Vintage Report

Terry has returned from Germany after tasting at over 30 estates from the Mosel to the Pfalz and his latest vintage report is in! How is 2015? It is the perfect vintage for its moment. The quick-and-dirty headline is, 2015 is very good, and it contains many great wines. 2015 presents as a strong, even … Read More

Undiscovered Italy: The Classic Brunello of Enzo Tiezzi

Undiscovered Italy: The Classic Brunello of Enzo Tiezzi 3

Let’s talk about Italy. Let’s talk about the old, undiscovered Italy that people think only existed 50 years ago: the pre-Internet Italy, the one you couldn’t possibly know without going there and getting a hot tip on a small, family winery from a friend of a friend. As it turns out, this Italy is still … Read More

Introducing the Skurnik Hair Club for Men

Introducing the Skurnik Hair Club for Men

Earlier this week I sat down with Michael Skurnik, owner and “Chief Party Officer” of Skurnik Hair Club for Men, a brilliant new philosophy that is helping men of all shapes and sizes grow and maintain bountiful heads of hair. Created in 2016, SHC has been adding confidence and swagger to men all over the country. Thank … Read More

Venus La Universal: A Passion Project Borne of Love

Venus La Universal: A Passion Project Borne of Love

Like many of the great stories, the story of Venus La Universal begins with love. As the children of two of the pioneers of the Priorat D.O., Sara Pérez and René Barbier fils grew up as neighbors, picking grapes together and looking on as their fathers, Josep Lluis Pérez of Mas Martinet and René Barbier … Read More

Terenzuola: Where the Alps and the Mediterranean Meet

Terenzuola: Where the Alps and the Mediterranean Meet 1

At once both Tuscan and Ligurian, the wines of Terenzuola reflect the duality of their terroir. The vineyards face the Mediterranean, which provides warm sun and cool breezes, but also find themselves in the Apuan Alps (a subzone of the Apennine mountain chain), which provide freshness and complexity. The resulting wines dance on the palate with … Read More