Places & Faces

Siempre

There’s a phenomenon in tennis when a ball hits the net, fires straight up into the air, then — for a blink — seems to hang on the wind, refusing to telegraph which half of the court it’s coming...

Interview with Camille Cavan, Bar Manager at Quaintrelle

Portland has no shortage of bartenders, it’s true. And plenty with great bar acumen. But to find one who is experienced in spirits and cocktails and also exhibits exceptional service is not always so easy. Lucky for Portland, they...

Turning the Lights Back On at a Historic California Brandy Distillery

Master distiller and blender Hubert Germain-Robin is helping E & J Gallo Distillers bring the historic McCall Distillery in Sanger, CA, out of mothballs. Founded as Crest View in 1935, the facility operated originally as a winery and changed...

2020 Distillery of the Year — Spirit Works

I’m thrilled to announce that this year, the American Distilling Institute Bubble Cap award goes to Spirit Works Distillery in Sebastopol, California, founded by Ashby and Timo Marshall.  ADI began in 2003 with the vision of supporting the burgeoning distilling...

Boston Cocktail Bars

The ultimate New England city and a key city in our country’s earliest days, Boston is famed for its higher education, 17th- and 18-century architecture, waterside setting and die-hard sports fans. While compared to pioneering cities like New...

Book Review: Whiskey Rebels

Whiskey Rebels, The Dreamers, Visionaries & Badasses Who Are Revolutionizing American Whiskey the new book by Men’s Health Magazine spirits and cocktails pundit, editor of Barlycorndrinks.com and judging director for the John Barleycorn International Spirits Competition, tells the stories...

New Life for Old Barrels

The story of a whiskey barrel starts in a familiar place: In the cellars and warehouses of cooperages, where lengths of wooden staves are attach around circular barrelheads at each end before being banded together with metal, belt-like hoops...

New Release Roundup for April 2020 

My bottle review column (last month’s edition here) is less about tasting notes and more about what is unique or trending in spirits alongside my ratings (on a 1–5 rating scale).  Now more than ever, small-batch distillers and drink producers...

Mitosaya Botanical Distillery

A couple times a month, Bill Owens gives me a friendly call to chat. The conversations usually revolve around some aspect of my writing work, be it articles for various trade publications (such as Distiller) or my myriad book...

Savage & Cooke

Dave Phinney didn’t know what to expect when he knocked on the door of a cottage tucked into the hills of California’s Sonoma County. Phinney, one of the most renowned wine innovators on the West Coast, was totally hungover as...