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Dr. Vino: David Wondrich

Imbibe!, by David Wondrich (pictured), beat out two wine books to claim the award for best book in wine & spirits. Mixologists of the world rejoice!

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June 9, 2008 at 2:09 am 1 comment

Dr. Vino: Twelfth Street Whistler


As the ceremony enters the home stretch, attendees will soon be flocking here, at the Wild Turkey table.

Pictured is a five gallon jug of “twelfth street whistler,” a blend of gin, Wild Turkey American Honey, apple juice, and fresh lemon juice. The man stirring it told me there wouldn’t be any left at the end of the night. Sounds like a challenge…

June 9, 2008 at 1:21 am 1 comment

Dr. Vino: The wine award winners

Two wine awards announced: importer Terry Theise for Wine & Spirits Professional and John Ragan of Eleven Madison Park for outstanding wine service.

Terry Theise blew a kiss at the crowd with both hands as he came on stage, cited people who believed in him, including his 75 growers and the Skurniks, his NY distributor. He ended by calling his wife, chef Odessa Piper, “a fox.”

John Ragan, pictured here with Eleven Madison Park GM Will Guidara, said in the press room that he is “super excited.”

June 8, 2008 at 11:46 pm Leave a comment

Dr. Vino: Cocktails and coolers

Welcome to the 2008 James Beard Awards, where I’ll be leading you on the drinks beat. As the nominees are filing in on the red carpet, I sneaked up to the Loggia, laden with drinks and currently devoid of people. Since it is 95 degrees and 95% humidity, everyone is in the AC where the bubbles are flowing–Pellegrino bubbles, that is. More from the loggia after the ceremony.

June 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm Leave a comment


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