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The Great Gift of Wine

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


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


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


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


What Cocktail? iPhone app

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


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


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.