Event Report: Slow Food Nation 2008

By now the “Slow Food” movement (get it?) should need no introduction. But for the uninitiated, the idea is to eat local, sustainable, organic, and unprocessed food, as much as possible. They’re big on veggies, biodiversity, and all that other good stuff. Hey, I’m all for it. Lord knows I need no more high fructose…

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Review: Hiro Thermo Tahitian Noni Energy Drink

Noni fruit is big in Tahiti. If you buy the claims, it gives you energy, boosts the immune system, has tons of antioxidants, and burns calories when you drink the juice from it. The problem is that Noni juice, on its own, is tough to stomach. I guess Tahitians love the stuff, but choking down…

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Review: Junipero Gin

Junipero is old school. Sipping it takes you back in time. You can imagine Churchill pulling down this stuff while trying to decide what to do about those friggin’ Nazis. Junipero makes a really perfect gin martini: The juniper, as you’d imagine from the name, is up front yet not overpowering. But it’s more spicy…

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Recipe: Leblon-Lychee Popsicle

I haven’t tried this yet, but it does sound awfully good. Recipe courtesy Leblon. Leblon-Lychee Popsicle 1 1/2 oz. Leblon Cachaça 4 oz. Coconut water with the pieces of young coconut meat 1 oz. simple syrup 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice 1 oz. Boiron Lychee Puree Add all ingredients into a shaker tin. Pour contents…

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Tasting Report: Family Winemakers of California 2008

If you hang around the wine and spirits business for long, you get used to hyperbole. So of course I took the claims of the Family Winemakers of California event with a grain of salt, which swear that it’s “the largest tasting of California wines in the world.” That’s a bold statement for such a…

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Winebloggin’ Episode V… Last Until 2009

Finally, the grandest of the grand sagas of my home wine experience. It’s now in the barrel, where it will sit for 5-6 months until we can drink it. Stay tuned! Read the epic story at Wired.com! Related Stories: TapInfluence Interviews Editor in Chief Christopher Null Winebloggin’ Episode II Winebloggin’ Episode IV Now Live Winebloggin’:…

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Review: Cape North Vodka

If the Anheuser-Busch distributor who dropped off a bottle of Cape North at my house last week is even remotely serious, you won’t be seeing Cape North on a shelf near you any time soon. (The company distributes muchc more than just beer.) According to him, obtaining samples was a truly Herculean effort. Imagine how…

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Review: Chang Beer

You don’t have to like elephants to like Chang beer (the company claims it is the best-selling beer in its native Thailand), but it helps. Those little elephants on the label are just so darn cute you can’t help but try to snuggle them when you’re deep into your third oversize bottle. Chang is slowly…

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