Article by: Robert Bradford - Once upon a time, more than 5O years ago, for those old enough to remember, venerable rye whiskies and almighty gin ruled the waves in the American marketplace. Gin was the predominate white spirit of choice anywhere drinks were being served, although, admittedly, a great deal of it was of the sinfully harsh, rough-edged and potent, illegal Prohibition variety that sometimes originated in bathtubs and was often poured in Speakeasies. For some, this gave [...] Read More »
Profile: Alex Ott
Article by: Fred Bouchard - ALEX OTT • 35 • Master Mixologist/Consultant • New Amsterdam Straight Gin, New York CityTake two parts German tradition, add one part each of Aussie dash, Thai spice, Parisian finesse, and top with liberal splashes of Gotham glory, swirl vigorously, and – voila! – you have the aggressively flavorful career of Alex Ott. Some guys keep their careers fresh by staying on the go: that’s certainly Mr. Ott, a serious student of spirits [...] Read More »
New Zealand Wines.
Article by: Bill Nesto, MW - New Zealanders are embracing their own wine industry with passion and pride. Their country’s small population and largely untapped viticultural potential has enabled the industry to rapidly develop its wine export trade, which represents 6O% of wine production. The United States now vies with the United Kingdom as New Zealand’s most important export market. The wines of New Zealand are so unique that exporting giant Australia is New Zealand’s third most important export market. [...] Read More »
Big House Wines
Article by: Harvey Finkel - Nowhere else in Boston was suitable to meet head winemaker Georgetta Dane for a luncheon-tasting of her Big House Wines than the Liberty Hotel, a brilliant recasting of the notorious and historic Charles Street Jail which contains a bar called Alibi and an eatery known as Clink. I can attest at the outset that tasting the wines in durance vile was no hardship.Big House, a division of gigantic The Wine Group, purchased the brand and [...] Read More »