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The Great Gift of Wine

Posted on 15th December, by DrinkGal in Ken's Wine Picks. No Comments

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As you search for perfect meaningful gifts for that special someone this month, let me offer a few suggestions.

Theme based wine gifts are equally as fun to assemble as they are to receive. All you need to do is choose your price point and choose your theme. A “Tour de France” package can include a wine from several different regions in France: Alsace, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Chateauneuf du Pape, Gascon, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, and Rhône are great starting points. These regions are so diverse themselves that you could easily choose a few wines from within each region and make an incredible package. An “Around the World” package could include a bottle from different countries: Riesling from Germany, Barbera from Italy, Tempranillo from Spain, Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa, Malbec from Argentina or a Carmenere from Chile, for example. Domestic sets …


9 Christmas Gifts For Every Imbiber

Posted on 12th December, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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It’s Christmas time again, and you are out of ideas. Well, we are guessing simply by the fact that you are reading this that you like a little rum in your eggnog and chances are your loved ones do too. Luckily for you, we have 9 gifts for every kind of drinker out there, and we are willing to share (it is Christmas, after all), so you can get back to sipping your eggnog, spiked with whatever tickles your fancy.

The Kegerator Owner

Every time there is a party this guy has a keg. He even bought a kegerator instead of a new fridge to keep his brew frosty cold and dispensed professionally. For him we have the Tap Board Chalk Board Tap Handle (40). One tap can be used for all the beer he serves, with a erasable surface that can …


Washington Winter Beer Fest

Posted on 10th December, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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Starting today at 5:30, head on down to Hale’s Palladium in Fremont for a little winter brew! The Washington Beer Commission is holding the 2010 Winter Beer Festival today and tomorrow (12/10 and 12/11) from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.

In addition to tasty samples of local beer from the likes of Hales, Elysian, Georgetown and more, there will be chocolate from Theo’s, tasty nibbles to keep you going, and a gift shop to finish up your Christmas shopping!

Tickets are $25 at the door ($5 for your DD) and includes 6 tastes. Additional tastes are available for those who just can’t get enough.

For a list of breweries, past crowd favorites, or just more about the Washington Beer Commission, go to www.washingtonbeer.com/festival_winter.htm

Cheers!


What Cocktail? iPhone app

Posted on 8th December, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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What would life be without phone apps? We recently found the newest addition to the lineup of booze-specific apps: What Cocktail?

What Cocktail ($1.99) is an aesthetically pleasing little app, complete with shaker sounds and appetizing photos. The main menu asks you to choose your mood (joyous, brave, thirsty, tired, considered, or none), then choose your location (above the equator, below the equator or Vegas, interestingly), and with a quick shake you get yourself a cocktail.

Upsides: like we said, it looks cool. Graphics are cool, the drinks look appetizing, and there is  motion with the shaker and the cocktail images so it seems 3 dimensional. The menu itself is entertaining, and is fun to look at to see what they have.

Downsides: It seems like the app is still pretty limited. After just 5 or 6 “shakes” we started getting repeats, even …


Warding off the Winter Chill with Domaine de Canton

Posted on 5th December, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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When we think of Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, we think of Asian inspired cocktails with pear, sake and shochu. Delicious, right? When we happened upon a recipe involving Canton that could be mulled with a little hot cider and rum, we might have been skeptical but we got the saucepan out and started pouring.

All jokes aside, this ranks right up there with our warm weather favorite, Spanish Coffee. In fact, this might have dethroned our beloved flaming cocktail. So if you happen to find yourself with a bottle of Domaine floating around your home bar, flip on the burner (carefully) and get to work:

Autumn Spice

2 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz apple cider
1 oz rum (we used Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva)

Stir together in a saucepan with cinnamon stick until hot.

Enjoy!


Fu Kun Wu Cocktails and Herbal Apothecary

Posted on 20th November, by DrinkGal in General. No Comments

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Open: 2001
Type: Bar/Lounge?Apothecary

Walking into the Fu Kun Wu lounge via the almost secret backdoor was pretty thrilling in and of itself. We do love a speakeasy feel. Upon entering, however, we felt transported to someplace in the Orient, circa 1930s. Seated at a rough hewn wood table, facing interesting metal work in a dark little corner surrounded by a plethora of apothecary paraphernalia (including lots of bottles and drawers begging to be opened), we knew we were in for something interesting.

Perusing the cocktail menu proved our instincts correct. How can you turn down a Radiant Flower billed as “Schisandra berry (a digestion, circulation and sexual tonic), white peony root (radiance) and gin tincture shaken with lemon and mint” which insists it “quiets the spirit and calms the heart”? Or the Kava Kolada which claims to have “euphoria inducing, anxiety reducing” …


Wine to go

Posted on 9th November, by DrinkGal in Reviews. No Comments

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Vino Solo, a product of KDM Partners (wine importer and producer) was introduced into the market this month. It’s a customizable, single-serving solution for wine.

It’s a bottle (187 ml), cap, and “flute” for drinking purposes, all rolled into one little package. It boasts more than just convenience: it’s one-sixth the weight of glass and is recyclable, making it perfect for planes, trains, and sporting events.

What wines can you get in these handy little packages? Sky’s the limit, apparently. The company is marketing these as having small case minimums, so you just might find your favorite Washington Cabernet alongside the mega-huge wineries of Napa Valley.

For more information, visit www.vinosolo.com


Avion Tequila

Posted on 5th November, by DrinkGal in Reviews. No Comments

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If you’ve been keeping up with HBO’s Entourage, you have undoubtedly heard of Tequila Avion.  The tequila has enjoyed a lot of exposure from the series, and it turns out they didn’t even have to pay for it.

See, Kenny Dichter of Avion grew up with Doug Ellin, the creator of the HBO series. They met in elementary school, and have remained friends for the last 35 years. The intended release of Tequila Avion coincided with a situation on the show where one of the characters (Turtle) needed a new business. On the show, his Limo service had failed, and Avion fit the bill for a new profession just perfectly.

The show is a powerful platform, and there has been a big demand for the libation ever since. The buzz around Twitter started as “hey, does this stuff really exist?” and has …


Dia de Los Muertos

Posted on 2nd November, by DrinkGal in Events. No Comments

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Hola!

November 2nd is the Mexican holiday of El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It is celebrated in conjunction with the Catholic All Souls Day, and is the day that Mexicans all over the world pray for and remember their dead relatives. Unlike Halloween, the idea behind the Day of the Dead isn’t scary (or centered around candy), its a celebration of food and drink and is full of color, humor and happiness.

The holiday is really a two day event, the first day is in observance of children and infants who have died, the second is for adults. Today is the day for adults, so we thought we would offer up some tasty libations you can drink in remembrance, or just in general celebration of life!

Black Fairy
(Green Fairy variation)

1 oz black sambuca
1 oz water
juice of one whole lemon
1 …


Coming Soon – Sound Spirits Gin

Posted on 2nd November, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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We stopped by Sound Spirits yesterday to have a chat with Steven Stone about his newest creation, Ebb and Flow Gin.

With the Ebb and Flow Vodka doing well in retail outlets as well as local bar and restaurants, Steven decided to go forward with his newest creation and further the Sound Spirits family.

Due to arrive in the market around Christmas time, we got a chance to try the gin before it hits the shelves. Fans of Steven’s vodka will be happy with the gin, it has the same aromatic and complex characteristics of the vodka, and the telltale juniper blends well with them.  While we (of course) have not had a chance to try it out in a cocktail or two, we imagine that it would be a good gin to use as it would be more complex that your …