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Sound Spirits: There’s something about being first

Posted on 30th October, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments


We met Steven Stone when Sound Spirits was still just a twinkle in his eye. He was still just working at Boeing and tinkering around with distillation, but he still only had a name and a passion for booze to work with.

Fast forward to last week, where we got a chance to meet up with Steven again, this time for a tasting of his first spirit, Ebb and Flow Vodka, in the Sound Spirits tasting room on 15th Avenue.

Sound Spirits is the first licensed distiller in the city of Seattle since Prohibition. If you happen to be looking for the building it isn’t hard to find: it’s on 15th, before the bridge on the way to Ballard. The logo, a huge tentacle wrapped around a bottle, adorns the side of the building. If you happen to miss that, it’s the …

Thanksgiving Wine

Posted on 26th October, by DrinkGal in Ken's Wine Picks. No Comments


The holiday season is upon us once again. Thanksgiving is a week filled with sights, scents, and memories that take us back in time. Grandma’s traditional stuffing and sweet candied yams, your Auntie’s addictive pistachio-marshmallow salad, wondering which family member will be caught tearing a piece of crispy buttery skin off the turkey before dinner and hoping someone remembered Dad’s mustard. New dishes infiltrate the tradition like warm Brie with herbed cranberry sauce and cheesy shredded potatoes. Getting hungry yet?

It is truly a meal focused on everyone’s favorite flavors while at the same time having little focus at all. What I mean by that, solely from a culinary standpoint, is that the dishes run the gamut of palate emotions, usually all at the same time: sweet, salty, rich, creamy, light, heavy, briny, herby, tangy and so forth. The most common …

Find wine with a picture? There’s an app for that

Posted on 26th October, by DrinkGal in Reviews. No Comments


Snooth has recently come out with an iphone app that makes finding that bottle of wine as easy as snapping a picture.

Snooth Wine Pro ($4.99) can recognize a wine bottle from a picture you take of the label with your phone. You can then add the wine to your virtual cellar, see more info about the wine itself, find the closest store that has it in stock, or even compare prices at locations that carry the wine with the help of a map. Not near a store? You can also purchase the wine through a Snooth retailer, all with a few taps on your phone’s screen.

It’s pretty easy to use, but we did notice that when we took a picture of our favorite wine label, it couldn’t be found in the database. Also when we ran a search for some …

Tasting the Golds at Vessel

Posted on 14th October, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments


We were mighty bummed when we didn’t get a chance to skip down to San Francisco and attend the SF International Wine Competition or  Spirits Competition this year. It’s a chance to try the best the world has to offer up in our industry, and we imagine it to be a bit like a grown up version of FAO Schwarz for booze lovers.

But we missed it. Then, about a month ago, we got an email from Tasting Panel Magazine saying that they were taking the Double Gold winners on the road, and would be in Seattle. Needless to say, we were there last week at Vessel, glass in hand and salivating, ready to try the winners.

While all the winners weren’t represented, there was a smattering of liquor selections from almost every group. (The one notable exception was whiskey, not a …

Cork has record 2010 harvests, better for environment

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


A little birdie informed us today that the popular theory that eventually we will run out of cork for wine bottle might just be a myth. It seems that the 2010 Cork Harvest in Portugal and Spain was at record levels, due to the excellent growing conditions present in the last growing season. Not only that, but cork may just be a better alternative to those fake corks or screw tops.

A very rainy winter and spring, (30% higher than average) made for a late, long harvest season running until the end of August. This record harvest produced 300,000 metric tons of cork, which is about 36% more than 2009′s production. According to Jochen Michalski, president of Cork Supply, a leading global supplier of premium natural cork wine stoppers, “This news couldn’t be better as it has restored raw material levels …