Drinking in A Barage With Jeffrey Morgenthaler

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 0 , , 0

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A barage is a garage with a bar in it. Let’s just get that out of the way so we can marvel in its genius. I didn’t know it was a thing until last week when I realized it could be a thing and then thought about why all garages don’t have bars in them. We can figure out where to park a car. There are more important things to worry about, like booze. I was invited to this barage to celebrate well-known Portland bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler‘s new book, The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique. Jeffrey’s brother-in-law happens to be LA bartender Joe Brooke and is the man behind the barage, so it all kinda worked out perfectly.

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Jeffrey was serving up a few Tanqueray gin-based cocktails for all us thirsty folk. I, of course, dove straight into the Negroni. It’s a sort of magnetic gravitational pull that I have no control over. Jeffrey did a quick infusion of oak chips and then aerated the gin with a Vitamix to give it a barrel aged feel without having to put the gin in a barrel and wait a long ass time. Mission accomplished.

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I highly recommend picking up Jeffrey’s book. It would be an awesome addition to any booze-y library. He covers a ton of practical techniques, but also includes some cool new things to try out and incorporate into your cocktail game. It’s fun to learn, especially when the learning results in better drinking. Am I right or am I right?

Looking for an Intern

Saturday, August 2, 2014 1 No tags 0

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Hello all! Guess what? There’s this movie that’s coming out this Fall. It’s a workplace comedy set in Los Angeles starring me and someone else awesome that shall have the title of intern! Haha. See what I did there? All right, all right let’s just go ahead and get to business.

Here are the deets:

Hiring a part-time intern (10-15 hours/week) to work on ongoing projects for both Bottle Stock and Whitney A. Needs: basic photoshop and writing skills, a car, a sense of humor, to love wine/cocktails/food, the ability to organize, to be proactive and to think outside the box. A great opportunity to learn about all things wine, creating online content (videos, blog, writing), building a brand, marketing and PR, product development, and managing a small retail/wholesale business. Local LA hire only. Will work mainly onsite at home office as well as some offsite hours. Unpaid (school credit if applicable), with potential for paid events.

Email resume and cover letter (and anything else of relevancy/humor) to whitney@whitneya.com. Thanks!

Photo by Betsy Newman

A Bubbly Snack at Biondivino, San Francisco

Thursday, July 31, 2014 1 , , 0

What is a bubbly snack? It’s sparkling wine aka the best kind of snack! Now that we’ve got that covered, I’ll tell you where I enjoyed said snack. When I was in San Francisco last month, I finally got to stop in for a visit to see Ceri at Biondivino. I met Ceri four years ago during a press trip to Italy and learned of her Italian wine shop in Russian Hill. Please don’t ask me why it took so long to get my ass in there.

The wine racks at Biondivino

Perhaps the wait was worth it? ‘Twas. Biondivino is the very definition of a neighborhood wine shop. During the hour I was there, Ceri popped open a bottle of La Collina Malvasia for us, shared some amazing chocolate and greeted regulars and dogs and friends with a lot of warmth and a big smile. A neighbor even brought Ceri a ton of fresh produce from her garden. And a teenager that lives down the block stopped in just to say hi. I was like, what is this amazing eutopia?! I’ll just put down a blow up mattress on the floor at night and call this home. OK thanks.

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Drinking wine at Biondivino

This is why you should support your small local wine shops. The service is personal, the selection is thoughtful and the wines are special. No more Trader Joe’s ya hear?

Summer Spritzer in Chicago with We Do & Bottle Stock

Sunday, July 27, 2014 3 , 0

A few weeks ago, I co-hosted a fun little party in Chicago appropriately named Summer Spritzer. Because, you know, it’s summer and we served WINE SPRITZERS. My bestie Dean is a super talented designer, stylist and wedding/events producer and she, along with Hidden Folk‘s Viktor Van Bramer, are soon to launch an amazing one stop shop wedding services company called We Do. I was in town and the three of us figured we should throw a party to celebrate, drink wine, eat fried chicken and meet new friends while hanging on an amazing Chicago rooftop deck. That’s just how we think.

Wonderful Wine Co. at Summer Spritzer

Wine Spritzer

We had some amazing sponsors, one being my homies over at Club W. They sent us some crisp, clean and fresh rosé  and riesling to work with for our spritzers. For the riesling, I served that with a splash of Orangina, orange bitters, lime and basil. The rosé got some lemon, soda and sliced strawberries. Super simple and so refreshing. PS- when making spritzers I like to stick with a 3:1 ratio of wine to soda. But, basically, just have fun with it. It’s hard to mess them up.

If you’re ever throwing a party and stumped with what food to serve, we have two words for you – fried chicken. Well, four words if you include donut holes, ’cause why not throw that into the mix while you’re at it. Zero fuss, 100% delicious and total crowd pleasers. Take your diet elsewhere thank you.

Fried chicken and donut holes