WINE GLASS 101

WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR VINO DRINKING VESSEL, SHAPE MATTERS

STORY: Angela Hansberger

Why are there so many types of stemware on store shelves? Because the enjoyment of wine actually begins with the right glass. The proper vessel allows the drinker to explore the intricacies of the tastes and scents, while the wrong one can flatten a vintage.

“Part of my job as the chief sommelier at Restaurant Eugene […]

SMOKE ’EM IF YOU GOT ’EM

THE ART OF PAIRING CIGARS WITH SUITABLE LIBATIONS

STORY: Angela Hansberger
PHOTO: Brett Ferencz

Peanut butter and jelly, avocado and toast—they just go together. Similarly, a fine cigar has a harmonious relationship with spirits. Think of classical pairings, such as a stogie with a glass of scotch or cognac. But today, the art of creating such a melodious experience has also moved into beer and wine.

Pairing beverages with cigars […]

THINK INSIDE THE BOX

A BOXED WINE TASTING WITH AN ATLANTA SOMMELIER

During our taste test, St. Cecilia Sommelier Clarke Anderson sniffed, swirled and sipped a handful of boxed wines.

STORY & PHOTOS: Angela Hansberger

Believe it or not, the much maligned box of wine has grown into a thing. Once scoffed at as low-quality or a cheap buzz, cartons of vino […]

A SUMMER DAY SURPRISE

PRESENTING FIVE WARM WEATHER SCOTCH COCKTAILS

Scotch, served in refreshing cocktails such as Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern’s Christmas in Ireland

STORY: Angela Hansberger

W e tend to gravitate to different spirits when the seasons change. Scotch isn’t the libation that springs to mind when the temperature rises, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t; it doesn’t have to only be a wintertime ambassador. It’s warmth and occasional […]

THE SECRET IS THE SWIZZLE

With the arrival of rising temperatures, it’s time to add a swizzle to your repertoire.

Inspired by the changing of the seasons, Atlas’ My Secret Answer swizzle is a treat for the senses.

It may sound like a hot new dance move, but swizzles are actually a class of cocktail named for the manner in which the drink is mixed rather than its ingredients. Essentially, […]

SPIRITED AWAY

UNIQUE INGREDIENTS MAKE EXTRAORDINARY COCKTAILS

Himitsu barman Shingo Gokan has all sorts of tricks up his sleeve, including using unusual ingredients like 80-proof Benedictine.

For years, cocktails at restaurants and bars were pretty predictable. These days, the shelves behind bartenders are lined with unique liqueurs and bittering agents for the more discerning palates of today’s cocktail drinkers. These expressive elixirs lend depth and breadth to […]

WE’LL DRINK TO THAT

Katy Harrison’s vintage glassware adds classic style to your cocktail.

Some of Katy Harrison’s fondest memories growing up in West Palm Beach, Florida, are of watching her parents unwind over Manhattans poured into cut-crystal glasses. Their time of conversation and reconnection became a sacred nightly ritual. Today, the South Buckhead- based entrepreneur is hoping that the fine vintage glassware she sources through her company, Antique Your Drink, […]

POP THE CORK! OUR CHAMPAGNE 101 GUIDE

Every time you open a bottle of Champagne, it’s a celebration.

A cork of champagne popping out of a bottle. Taken in studio with a 5D mark III.

The very mention of the word conjures up images of ship sendoffs, toasts, promotions and romance. Yet perhaps because they drink it so infrequently, many know virtually nothing about this wine, its fizzes and its inherent elegance. […]

POP THE TOP

No need for bar tools with these canned cocktails.

First came canned beer, and then canned wine. Now cocktails in a can have hit the scene for those seeking something perhaps a little stronger or a little more sophisticated at those backyard barbecues and autumn tailgating parties. Because, hey, not everyone is a beer drinker. These premade drinks encased in aluminum allow you to enjoy a blended […]

ALE SHARPTON’S DRAFT PICKS

Atlanta’s beer expert shares his favorite spots to indulge in craft brews.

Photo: Ale Sharpton

Photo: Natrice Miller

As a beer journalist and dedicated authority on what I consider the world’s most interesting beverage, I spend grueling hours unselfishly unearthing the best places for fellow advocates to imbibe. Okay, I am being a bit facetious […]