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Oct

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The Chop Stix Restaurant of NYC booth at the Plate By Plate Tasting Benefit at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City

by Michelle Kwan  


Attendees raised their glasses, not to mention their forks, spoons and chopsticks, in support of healthcare and social services to the Asian community at the Project By Project annual Plate By Plate Tasting Benefit held October 1 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The Tasting Benefit featured over 40 participants from some of New York City’s finest restaurants and bakeries coming together to showcase their culinary skills with samplings of their signature creations, along with a host of wine and spirit purveyors, brewers, tea and coffee companies, all ready to do their part to keep the evening festive for the approximately 650 guests in attendance.
  

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A Toast to Fall

on September 22nd, 2010
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Sep

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Check out the Top 10 Fall Beers in our Quarterly Wine Newsletter for autumn

by Jeff Hoyt

 

Sure, it’s great to knock down an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day, but there are certain beers that really shine as the days go brisk. Check out our top 10 fall beers list and learn about pumpkin ales and an amber lager named after crime-fighter Eliot Ness! Our Quarterly Wine Newsletter, published today, also profiles the best Oktoberfest celebrations for next month, and the top 10 Thanksgiving wines for the following month. For those looking to fall in love this fall, we’ve even got the top 10 bars for a first date. The issue also contains information you can use year-round, including the restaurants near you with top wine lists, the best wine bars in your area, and an inexpensive tequila that’s 100% blue agave. Skoal!



Hip Hop Cognac, part 2

on September 02nd, 2010
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Sep

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T.I. in Takers

by Jeff Hoyt


Was it just last week that I questioned the judgment of Remy Martin Cognac for naming rapper T.I. Global Creative Consultant after his last stint in prison for felony weapons charges? Seems the rapper may have decided to celebrate his latest movie “Takers” opening #1 at the box office with something stronger than cognac, as his newlywed wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and the musician-actor-producer-troublemaker were busted last night in Los Angeles for felony possession of a controlled substance. That could result in a probation violation, landing him back behind bars, but rapper and noted legal advisor 50 Cent tweeted the following plan: “Man TI and tiny done got picked up agin for methamphetmines and ecstacy dam man,” 50 tweeted. “Tiny gotta take that charge. Say it was yours, Baby.” That’s heroic! If she does take the rap for the rapper, may I suggest he thank her with a trip to one of our World’s Top 10 Honeymoon Hotels? Don’t worry, T.I.; there are a few domestic choices if you’re not allowed to leave the country. Continue reading “Hip Hop Cognac, part 2” »


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Hip Hop Cognac

on August 26th, 2010
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Rapper T.I. has been named Global Creative Consultant to Rémy Martin Cognac

by Jeff Hoyt


A few years ago, General Motors hired rapper T.I. to promote their line of cars, but they dropped the deal when the Grammy-award-winner pled guilty to felony charges after trying to buy guns and silencers from an informant. If you think his days of big endorsements are over, think again. After serving nearly six months in prison and a stint in a halfway house on federal weapons charges, he has been named Global Creative Consultant to Rémy Martin Cognac.

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04

Aug

  • pinitbutton In N Out and Cabernet Sauvignon?
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Turning Leaf Cabernet Sauvignon

 by Jeff Hoyt 


A chocolate shake makes a wonderful complement to a fast-food burger, but I’m really enjoying this Turning Leaf Cabernet Sauvignon with my In-N-Out burger. “Wine doesn’t need to be reserved for fine dining,” says Turning Leaf winemaker Nicole Hitchcock, who also suggests pairing the Cab with pizza and a meatball hero. She hopes that more people will pair her very inexpensive line of wines with takeout food, and has even conducted a survey of America’s takeout habits, with some surprising results.
 


Have you ever pretended that takeout food was something you actually made? 34%, more than 1 in 3, pled guilty. I’ve never done that, but I do admit sneaking a bite of food before bringing it home, along with 61% of the respondents. Continue reading “In-N-Out and Cabernet Sauvignon?” »



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The signature cocktail for Atlanta Restaurant Week is the Bacardi Torched Cherry Blossom

by Meryl Pearlstein 

   

Atlanta’s Restaurant Week will take place in the Downtown Dining District from Monday, July 26 through August 8. The multicultural cuisine at Atlanta’s Restaurant Week includes that of traditional steakhouses, seafood restaurants, Irish pubs and Mexican cantinas. Choose a 3-course meal at any of the 26 participating restaurants for a price of either $25 or $35. No coupon, voucher or reservation needed.

 

For more information, visit www.atlantadowntown.com/fun/restaurant-week.

 

Keep up with restaurants in the ATL with our Atlanta Restaurant Reviews, News, Culinary Events and Atlanta Wine Dinners. 

  

The city sets its restaurant week apart from the rest by incorporating a signature cocktail; this year’s cocktail is the Bacardi Torched Cherry Blossom created by W Hotel Atlanta Downtown’s DRINKSHOP. 

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Jun

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Our 2010 Summer Wine Newsletter is here!

by Jeff Hoyt 


Mom always told us to drink more when it gets hot, so our Summer Wine Newsletter should come in very handy. Beat the heat with our Top 10 Summer Beers which include pale ale, pilsner and wheat beer. When someone says they’re “Sucking on a Dogfish Head,” you’ll know what they’re talking about!
 


If you want to imbibe at home, we offer two versions of The Perfect Margarita Recipe: how to make a batch for friends and single serving. But instead of drinking home alone, go out to an adult-beverage event near you! We’ll show you where and when. It’s easy to make new friends when you’re attending a bourbon dinner or Sake tasting. Speaking of bourbon, check out our review of Maker’s 46, only the second whiskey ever produced by Maker’s Mark.
 



21

Jun

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Horse-drawn carriages provided the transportation for the evening of absinthe tastings in downtown Los Angeles

By Jeff Hoyt

 

I had heard the stories of absinthe causing delusions, but I did not believe them until now. True, I had never imbibed it in such great quantities before. Pernod, the creators of absinthe more than two centuries ago, had invited me out on the town to try the anise-flavored spirit in a number of different ways, and now that I had consumed it in such great quantity, “The Green Fairy” was playing tricks on me. But my hallucinations seemed so vivid: was I dreaming, or was it possible that I was actually riding a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of downtown Los Angeles?

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02

Jun

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Scheid Vineyards 2008 Muscat Canelli is one of our Top 10 Summer Wines

by Jeff Hoyt 

  

If you’re invited to a pool party, and want to bring a bottle of wine, how do you pick the right bottle? Consult GAYOT.com for our Top 10 Summer Wines. There you’ll find whites, reds, sparklers, and even a dessert wine that will make your host happy during warm weather.

 

For a barbecue, you can also check out our Top 10 Barbecue Wines. And for Father’s Day, you can make a selection from our Top Father’s Day Wines. So if you’re asked to attend a Father’s Day Barbecue, you’ll have lots of options!   

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The 2nd Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Tasting at the Falcon Hollywood

by Alexandra Rowinski


On Sunday, May 23, Mutineer magazine threw their second annual Red Carpet Tasting. The party took place at Falcon Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard, where a packed house of imbibers sampled a myriad of exotic, delightful and delicious beverages. And with a special guest appearance from Jonathan Goldsmith, the famous Dos Equis icon who everyone knows as, “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” how could it not be a great party?
  


Hosted by Mutineer editor-in-chief Alan Kropf and actor/comedian Ben Morrison, the event celebrated the one-year anniversary of the magazine’s launch, while raising money for the global water relief organization, A Child’s Right.
  



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