How to Open a Bottle of Champagne Like a Pro

[NOTE: This is a repost of one of my articles from way back in ’06. For those of you who may have missed it…] There are two common methods for opening a bottle of champagne. Method 1: Unscrew wire cage. Shake bottle vigorously. Allow cork to pop. Check for eye...
Posted On 31 Dec 2010

8 Champagne Myths Debunked

[NOTE: This is a repost of one of my past articles, because, in my mind, I’m already at the party…] Tonight, all around the world, millions of corks will be popped as clocks strike midnight, to toast the New Year with a glass of champagne. But a lot of guys...
Posted On 31 Dec 2010

Cue the Cab App Gets Your Over-Imbibed Self Home

New Year’s Eve, for many, is all about the drinking. And since you’ll most likely be somewhere other than home when you toast the arrival of 2011 (over and over), it’s a good idea to leave the driving to someone else. But finding a designated driver on NYE is...
Posted On 31 Dec 2010

Add Some Punch to Your New Year’s Eve Celebration

Punch used to be a party staple. A huge bowl of adult beverage goodness, laid out front and center, with ladles at the ready. All you needed to do was pour some in a couple of glasses, and you were back chatting up the ladies in no time. It was fast, simple and elegant. Now...
Posted On 30 Dec 2010

Champagne and Tequila Cocktails for New Year’s Eve? Yes please

No one ever said when you toast the New Year with champagne, that is had to be just champagne. According to the guys over at 1800 Tequila, their spirit makes a perfect partner to the bubbly, and gave me these three cocktails to prove it. Give them a shot this weekend, to add a...
Posted On 30 Dec 2010

Its Top May Not Pop, But Karma Delivers the Bubbles

I have no problem admitting I’m a fan of the bubbly. Not just for ringing in the New Year, but for everyday occasions when beer, wine, or even the most well-mixed cocktail won’t cut it. I even dated a girl once who would have a glass of champagne after work instead of...
Posted On 27 Dec 2010

Ho Ho Ho’liday Cocktails

If you’re looking for a unique cocktail to help spread a little holiday cheer, I’ve got a baker’s dozen worth of truly different drinks from Maker’s Mark, Tabasco, Nightclub and Bar Magazine, and 1800 Tequila. All guaranteed to deck your halls and jingle...
Posted On 24 Dec 2010

Age Your Own Whiskey Kit

Ever dream of being a whiskey distiller? Not a hiding-in-the-woods-with-a-pot-still moonshiner… but truly age your own whiskey to amber perfection? Now you can. Not wanting home beer brewers to have all the fun, Woodinville Whiskey developed their Age-Your-Own-Whiskey Kit....
Posted On 24 Dec 2010

Wine Enthusiast’s Top 25 Beers of 2010

Well, it’s that time again. The folks over at Wine Enthusiast magazine have just announced their Top 25 Beers for 2010 and it couldn’t be more telling. (Yes, it’s a wine magazine and yes they do know what they’re talking about when it comes to beer.) If one theme reigns supreme...
Posted On 23 Dec 2010

The Ultimate Wine Lover’s Gift Guide

Man cannot live by spirits alone. Sometimes the occasion calls for raising a glass of the grape. So for the wine-loving oenophile on your list, here are gifts Bacchus himself would love: Chill Drops Why waste time waiting around for a bottle to chill? Place a Chill Drop in your...
Posted On 21 Dec 2010