Category Archives: Drinking

Saratoga Wine & Food Festival leaves satisfactory aftertaste

Last weekend’s Saratoga Wine and Food Festival seemed a bit more laid back than in prior years. The crowds were just a bit lighter and as a result the lines were short and there was plenty of room for standing … Continue reading

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Weird science for wine with Le Clef du Vin

by Otis Maxwell I’ve been experimenting with Le Clef du Vin, a device manufactured by Peugeot (possibly from recycled car parts?) that predicts how a wine will taste after it’s aged a few years. The active component in Le Clef … Continue reading

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The 2014 Saratoga Wine & Food Festival is THIS WEEKEND

Yesterday I found a parking spot in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York. That means two things: the track season is over. And the annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival is coming up fast. This year’s event snuck up on us … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Wandering Glutton

When I travel on business I’m usually alone and my schedule consists of attending meetings all day, then writing up notes and acting on assignments at night. If I get wild and crazy, I might watch half an hour of … Continue reading

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McClure’s Bloody Mary with White Pike Whiskey

A few weeks back I was trolling the tables at the Albany Wine & Food Festival and encountered what was surely the work of a mad scientist: a Bloody Mary concocted with pickle juice and a fierce white whiskey. Specifically, … Continue reading

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Trends from the Winter 2014 Fancy Food Show

Yesterday, a panel of experts  identified four trends from the trade show I just attended in San Francisco: Sriracha, chips, low-sugar beverages, mint and condiments. I’ll definitely agree with #3 and #5. There are many fizzy and non-carbonated beverages I’ve … Continue reading

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Live from the floor at Albany Wine & Food Festival

Get a room. That’s my advice if you are fortunate enough to have a ticket to the Grand Tasting or other sessions still to come at this remarkable event. I have never seen so many artisanal whiskeys (including one made … Continue reading

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Albany Food and Wine Fest for the Arts… SOLD OUT!?

I am covering this event on Friday, but it appears the tickets may be already 100% gone. Go immediately to the Festival website and scoop up any sessions that may still be available. If tickets are sold out, and you … Continue reading

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Taste test: Big Peat blended Islay whisky

I love me a wee dram of Islay whisky. In its best rendition, it remind me of a pair of gym socks which have been washed in the salt water of the cold northern sea, drenched with sweat (and maybe … Continue reading

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Saratoga Wine & Food Fest is TOMORROW

A little less than 24 hours from now, I hope you’ll join me at the Grand Tasting of the Saratoga Wine & Food Fall Ferrari Festival, where we’ll have lunch, education and dinner in a beautiful setting with what promises … Continue reading

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