Wine + Spirits

Cocktail Condiments

  The recent annual gathering of Tales of the Cocktail is finished, and the last hedonist has returned home. We are left with fine memories and new ideas. It happens this way every year, and when the final ice cube…

Tales of the Cocktail - Is It Still Worth The Buzz?

The annual spirit conference has officially hit the Crescent City and people far and wide are enjoying every thing the event has to offer. Traditionally, thousands of people from around the country, and even…

Cheap Eats and Drinks, Five Events This Weekend

  Happy Birthday to me! By the time you read this I will be celebrating is Asheville, North Carolina with my best bud, Cyndi. If  I were here to celebrate a few cool things are on my radar. Last week…

Gris-Gris Summer Wine & Spirit Series Announced

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Gris-Gris is excited to announce the launch of its Summer Wine & Spirits Series, starting tonight, July 18 (5:30 – 7:00 p.m.) with their favorite summer wine, rosé! The series will be held in…

Guest Bartender Series Continues At Bywater American Bistro

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Since launching its Guest Bartender series last year, Bywater American Bistro (BABs) has attracted cocktail enthusiasts each month throughout the summer to see what local cocktail experts are slinging behind the bar. On Sunday,…

Wine Conflicted

  All is not well in Wine Land. At the national level, consumption is statistically flat. Little or no sales growth. Prices are on the ascension, most not reverting to lower levels noted when the costs went up even when…

Cocktails are of the Essence

  For the next few days thousands of people will converge on New Orleans for the festival some refer to as the party with a purpose. Essence Festival is celebrating 25 years and pulling out all the stops with its…

Avo Begins Renovation; Offers New Weekday Happy Hour

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Avo – owned by Executive Chef Nick Lama and his wife Melissa Lama – announced the beginning of renovations to its restaurant entry and 50-seat courtyard starting Monday, July 1. The 1,200 sq. ft…

Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes

Easy construction? Obtainable ingredients? Speed to build? The portable party we know as summer presents its own set of challenges when it comes to creating a drink that satisfies. This time of year, tackling a build-your-own-cocktail project with too many…

Wine About It

  From where to stay and what to do, planning a bachelorette party in another city can be tricky. Fortunately, New Orleans has a multitude of bars, restaurants and things to do that you can’t go wrong with for a…

4 Places For A Summer Cocktail

  We are always in the mood for great cocktails and fun things to do. Even though summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, it’s hot enough to quench our thirst and find some of the best deals around. Brennan’s…

May Food Happenings: Top Taco, Wine Dinner Series And More

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Copper Vine eatery is set to launch a series of wine dinners with elevated regional cuisine and top-tier vintners. Kicking off the series on Thursday, May 16, will be a 5-course pairing dinner with David…

Sip Something Special

  Who doesn’t love a great cocktail? We certainly do! If you are in the mood to hop around town and enjoy what several venues are doing to help quench our thirst, we've got you covered. We have visited several…

Wine and Dash

Like a match made in heaven, the New Orleans food scene, from local fare to fine dining, pairs exquisitely with our cocktail and wine culture. But you don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to get an elevated experience. Enter…

Overlooked and Under Appreciated

We know what we like. Basically, we are all born with a penchant for stuff we like and a disdain for stuff we don’t. Those in-bred preferences pretty much stay with us all of our breathing days. There are changes…

Be In That Number, Champagne Stroll May 11

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Magazine Street Merchants Association is proud to announce the 9th annual Magazine Street Champagne Stroll on Saturday, May 11. Locals and visitors are invited to this one night only event, with over 100 businesses providing FREE sparkling wine, and many…

Where Are You Drinking Tonight?

  It is one of our favorite times of the year when we all have fun feeling the festival spirit. If you are taking part in one of the various outdoor activities, we applaud you. Not only does New Orleans…

High Spirits

  Customized koozies, matchbooks and candies are always a hit at weddings, but some couples are opting to send guests home with a parting gift that has a personal, New Orleans-style twist — cocktail mixers. Cocktail + Creative (cocktailcreative.biz) provides…

To Like, Perchance to Love

  When you think about all of the wines and spirits you have enjoyed over the span of your life, there actually have been darn few that stick out in the memory bank. Something may still live on because of…

Sit And Sip On These Cocktail Specials

Finally, it’s festival season and time to pop into some of our favorite places for cocktails in between all of the activity in the city. We checked out some great happy hours and think you should too! Grab a friend…

Soaking Up Education

The axiom we have all heard since we were 10 years old, or thereabouts, is that learning is a lifetime experience. It never ends. Those of us who have been present for the dawn and unfolding of the Digital Age…

Happy Holidays to One and All

The calendar time between November 1 and December 31 can be a string of moments of great joy. Families and friends gather to wish each other good fortune, reflect on moments past, and celebrate the season with gifts, special events…

Comforting and Cozy Restaurants

In fall, comforting meals served in cozy environments just seem to fit the season. Scattered around Uptown are several places that satisfy this urge, among them Dick & Jenny’s and Martinique Bistro. Both are owned by business partners Kelly Barker…

November Restaurant Updates

Restaurant August is chef John Besh’s flagship restaurant and one of the best restaurants in New Orleans. It is a place where inventive, delicious food is served in an elegant setting. Until recently the brain behind most of that food…