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  It’s amazing how ill-prepared human beings are for their lives. We actually know very little about living our lives and being self-sufficient. We can whine and cry, dirty our diapers, eat and drink, and breath without outside assistance, but…

The Same But Different

  Mezcal and tequila are brothers from the same mother and therein lies the confusion and misunderstanding. Both are born from the same biologic, the agave plant, also known as the Century Plant. Mezcal and tequila are both taken from…

Suddenly Hot!

What is it about a 16th century distilled spirit in the 21st century that has “suddenly” become all the rage among discerning imbibers? Who rang the bell to tell us to try tequila in all sorts of cocktails and even…

In the Beginning…

  Much ado is made by distillers and winemakers, sommeliers, and alcohol sales professionals about the products they make and the products they want to sell you. There are all sorts of stories about why a particular spirit or wine…

It’s About Thyme

  Imagine a product that is at least 45 percent alcohol, higher than any beer, wine or whiskey, and yet is not classified alcoholic, so it can be sold to youth and to those whose lips never touch alcohol. The irony is…

New Year's Revolutions

The use of the word in the headline was intentional. Aren’t we all just a bit tired of making resolutions that within a few weeks, we have already chosen to disregard? We are better than that, although to this point…

Holiday Diversity

  By their very nature, holidays are different from average, run-of-the-mill weekdays. Holidays are special with themes, more chances for out-of-the-ordinary events, and they put a spring in all our steps. Through no accident, New Orleans manages to squeeze in…

Holiday Bubbles

It’s beginning to look a lot like... a lot of things: Thanksgiving, Christmas, festivals, parties and very soon, Carnival. New Orleans brings new meanings to event multi-tasking. Let’s focus on the holiday season, which will “legally” be at the ready right…

The Thin Red Line

Most of us spend a large part of the day in so many activities that we don’t even keep track. The diversity of diversions in a modern life is staggering.  And there is one thing we share in common: constantly…

Drinking Differently

Are you a "wine snob?" Or are you a "wine geek" (which may be the same thing only you don’t want to admit to being a snob. You are way too nice for that)? One sure-fire “tell” of a wine snob/geek…

Coming Attractions

We say this all the time, and the frequency of the thought does not make the sentiment any less true: overall, no town has more activities built around the end of the year than New Orleans. Oh sure, there are…

The Challenge of Holidays

Holidays, by definition, are special occasions. We are expected to celebrate in some singular manner; eat foods usually banned from our everyday diets, and drink differently, or at the minimum, more. When holidays occur on inconvenient days, such as this…

The Unfolding Devastation of California Wine Country

The horrible crisis in northern California goes on and like many crises, it gets a little better every day, and then gets much worse. The destruction is unimaginable. An area the size of the city of New York is/has been…

The Way We Drink

It’s no secret that New Orleanians eat differently from other Americans. When we travel, finding culinary satisfaction is a quest not unlike searching for the Holy Grail or the Seven Cities of Cibola. In fact, both legends may be easier…

Wine Vintages. Who Cares?

To answer the question posed in the headline, wine geeks, journalists and growers. For the casual wine drinker, domestic wine vintages have ceased to carry much meaning and can be, in fact, distractions from all sorts of quality issues. Coming…

The Importance of Balance

We humans place great value on equilibrium. A sunset with too much orange is not as attractive as we would like. A life-partner with not enough good manners does not command the same respect from others. A baseball game without…

It’s in Our Head

Two popular expressions we all like to use at times when viewpoints of situations and reality don’t agree are: “We don’t want to mess you up with the facts,” and “What are you going to believe: me or your eyes?”…

Wooden It Be Nice?

There should be no surprise to know that whenever whiskey lovers or wine geeks gather to discuss what’s in the glass at the moment, inevitably the discussion turns to wood. More specifically, oak. So what is that all about? Wood…

Alcohol’s Realities

Laying on, not in, the bed and watching the room spin; hanging on to the grass while laying on somebody’s lawn praying we don’t fall off the earth; staggering to a car with keys in hand; or never leaving the bathroom floor…

Doing the Shandy

We’ve been on a beer kick lately. Check out the last several Happy Hour blogs and you will see what I mean. Yet because this is New Orleans and we proudly wear the "Cocktail Capital of the Universe" crown, we…

Suds, Part 2

Last week, we dabbled with the stories of beer being brewed in our town, and referenced that New Orleans had been a center for such activity going back into the 18th and 19th centuries then slipped into insignificance. This town…

Trending

As much as it seems an ego trip (it is not), or an exercise in futility (only sometimes), judging wines in a professional competition atmosphere serves a very real purpose (at least to me). I am fortunate and honored to…

Secrets

In which the author shares a diverse array of little known, maybe even unknown, “facts” about enjoying and knowing pieces of wisdom as they relate to adult beverages.   Picking Up a Drink Tab for Your Buddies You’ve got to…