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October 14 Indie Bands

Pay to Play: How Indie Bands Get Songs on the Radio

The music industry has undergone some intricate changes in the past two decades. Arguably, no industry has changed more when we consider the way we listen, digest and purchase music. It began with live shows, jukeboxes and record players,  then to cassette tapes, CDs, and now finally, streaming. With all this change there has really only been one constant: and that’s radio.

July 24 Barrel-Aged

Types of Tequila

As with any other spirit, there are several types of tequila. There are different styles that might suit different palates, some that are better for sipping and some that are better for mixing in cocktails. So if you tried a tequila once and didn't like it, don't let that be the end of it. If your only experience of tequila was slamming shots as a student, it's time to go beyond that. Get down to the tequila shelves at the liquor store or grocery store, browse around and try a different one. Tequilas are as varied and can be as subtle as scotch or bourbon.

July 17 Distillers

How Caley Shoemaker is Changing the Game in the World of Distilling

With a decade of experience and a penchant for creating inimitable flavor profiles, Hanger 1 Distillery’s Caley Shoemaker has proved to be a glimmering gem in the teeming spirits space.

July 09 chilean wine

Andrea Leon

Today we spoke with Andrea Leon, a winemaker living amongst the vines in Colchagua Valleyin Chile. And when we say amongst the vines, we mean it. She and her family live right next to their vines, giving them a direct feel for the earth and how it shapes their wine.

July 06 Photography

Matt Wilson’s Killer Pictures

Today we sat with Matt Wilson, a portrait and lifestyle photographer whose wine photography breathes true life into the pages of many leading wine magazines.

April 30 Tequila

Mexican Spirits | uno cero uno

When it comes to Mexican spirits, everyone's heard of tequila, and people are increasingly aware of mezcal. Less well-known is a third Mexican spirit, sotol, though any good mixologist will have a bottle on hand for certain cocktails. And for Smart Alecs like me who might ask for it.

March 16 Uncategorized

If You Want Vodka, Give Peas a Chance

The vodka's distilled 22 times, each distillation removing the heads and the tails (the poorer-quality parts of the distillate), to concentrate the best part. They're clearly doing something right, as straight from the get-go the vodka's been winning gold and silver medals in competitions from New York to San Diego, and even worldwide. Not bad for the humble black-eyed pea.

March 14 Distillers

A Whiskey for St Patrick’s Day

Which Irish whiskey to choose for St Patrick's Day? For personal reasons our writer chooses something from the Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland.

March 05 Armagnac

French Brandy and Cognac 101

French brandy, cognac, and armagnac: all you need to know to tell the difference between them and choose your brandy wisely.

February 15 Flavors

Spice Up Your Spirits for Valentine’s Day

If your idea of a spicy spirit is Fireball Cinnamon Whisky you definitely need to up the ante and get a special liquor for a special occasion. Here are eight of our favorites spicy spirits for Valentine's Day.

February 14 Bars

XOXO; What it means (and can you drink it?)

Most people understand XOXO means hugs and kisses. It’s a short, simple way to sign off on a cute valentine to a family member or loved one. While it may be more romantic to write out the full phrase – it’s kind of hard to do with a glass of wine in your hand.

If you want to really wow your valentine, explain the root of the shorthand XOXO, and then prepare them a cocktail drink like the XOXO – because nothing heats up the room like a bit of trivia.

February 12 Champagne

Boozy Chocolates for Valentine’s Day

Forget regular chocolates, what you need are boozy chocolates for Valentine's Day. We take a look at some of your spiked chocolate options.

February 07 romance

The Casanova Studies; Is Wine the Best drink for Sex?

It may be no surprise that many people use wine as an aphrodisiac. A rich wine is very pleasing to the senses, and most people automatically associate wine with a romantic evening. But is there science behind this or is it just our belief? Could wine actually be good for sexual encounters?

February 07 pomegranate wine

The Ancient Power of the Pomegranate

It's interesting that pomegranates are mentioned in the bible here, in the same breath as "of vines", yet pomegranate wine has always taken a back seat to traditional wine made from grapes. I didn't know pomegranates held the monikers of "divine" and "the most mentioned fruit" in theological books, which shouldn't be too surprising with their abundance in middle eastern countries where wine is produced - Israel, Armenia, Georgia, Iran.

January 15 Distillers

Bats for Tequila

When you're a tequila distiller, it must be quite a challenge to go to your fellow distillers and ask them to make less tequila. It was a challenge facing Carlos Camarena, the owner and Master Distiller of El Tesoro Tequila, which is made at his La Altena Distillery in the highlands of Jalisco in Mexico.

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