Cocktails

Drink in the knowledge

It can all be pretty confusing and pretty confounding. 

There are literally tens of thousands of wines out there, all vying for your attention on a restaurant’s wine list or on the shelves of your favorite retailer. 

Some of the…

Non-stop: Mexico City’s Micheleda

What beverage can we enjoy to combat the heat and the humidity? Now that there are non-stop flights between New Orleans and Mexico City, we look there for inspiration.The Michelada is a combination of Spanish words derived from the Mexico…

That's the spirit!

During the recent Tales of the Cocktail, which was terrific in case you missed it, there was some discussion about the “Renaissance of the American Cocktail.”Whether there has been a renaissance or not is beyond discussion. A new wave of…

Sure took long enough

Usually lost in any historical discussion of our area, is the fact that in the early 1500’s, Spanish explorers were the first Europeans to discover our region when Panfilo de Narváez discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River. This was…

Misunderstood

You have never in your lifetime, and this is no doubt true going back many, many generations, ever had a wine that was only one grape from one section of one vineyard. I, of course, have no psychic powers, and,…

Shaken, and Stirred

Last week, we expounded on the wines from Santa Lucia Highlands, not too far from Monterey. Good juice. This week, we are moving a bit further south down the Central Coast of California to the delightful agricultural town of Paso…

Variations on a Theme

Finally, we know that the common belief about elderly dogs and new tricks isn’t true. Even if you’re bound to old traditions, you can give them a modern twist. Take the Mint Julep, and in the middle of a New…

Stripe-changing

Correcting a Zig, when it should have been a Zag, is a lot tougher than it sounds. As any broken-field-runner football player can attest, moving in one direction with momentum, then deciding a change is needed, is not the easiest…

Herbsaint – a New Orleans invention

After absinthe was made illegal, just before World War I, which was followed by Prohibition, then the Great Depression, then the repeal of Prohibition; finally there was a moment that seemed to be a perfect time for a legal anise-flavored…

Before You Enter the Battlefield, You Need A Plan

Whether it’s your life, a business deal, a vacation, or even just figuring out what to do this weekend, you need to have a plan. Clear thinking and a course of action can save you time, frustration, disappointment, and whole…

Time in a Bottle

We are proud to begin our journey with www.myneworleans.com, and happy for the opportunity to share with you the news and the pleasures of enjoying wine and spirits. That’s what we will be doing here every week, sharing with you…

You’ve earned it!

While the fourth month of the calendar year is known as the beginning of spring, or bringer of showers that create flowers, Americans know the month best as the deadline to submit an economic accounting of the previous year to…

Something Italian

It has been said that in New Orleans, if you wait on any street corner for just a little while (not to be confused with stoop-sittin’), the weather will change, a parade will go by or someone will invite you…

Last Call

Carnival season in New Orleans is every great celebration, every one of life’s memorable moments and every good thing that happens to us mortals, all wrapped up in one huge bow. It is New Orleans’ gift to the world. The…

Last Call

Turning the calendar to a new year is cause for celebration and reconsideration. We celebrate every New Year because that’s what our species does. We seek milestones to note, and the odometer spins 2008 into ’09 so we go a…

You say cranberry, I say sassamanash

Just about the time the early settlers to North America were on the verge of starvation during terrible winters in those first years at Jamestown, the native tribes came to the colonists’ rescue with meat and corn and berries. Cranberries…

Last Call

Putting the Irish in coffeeThe clouds surrounding history have finally parted and “The Truth” can now be told. Despite what you may have heard after visits to the Buena Vista in San Francisco, Irish Coffee was not invented in the…

Last Call

Tiki TimeBack in the simpler days of the 1950’s, when beginning-to-retire-now Baby Boomers were focused on Howdy Doody, slip-n-slides, hula hoops and Elvis, their parents were heading out the door to the kitsch-iest, wackiest place in town – the Tiki…