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Drinking preference of Americans by state


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Vinepair has created a map to show the the drinking preferences of Americans by state.  The states are classified into four different colors to show their preference in wine, beer, spirit or other alcohol.

What do you make of your state’s preference? While I do like beer, I have to admit I’m far more likely to have either a glass of wine or dry martini.

Hotel Unique and SKYE Bar in Sao Paulo

Unique Hotel Sao PauloI always enjoy spending a few days in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but if you don’t know where to go it can seem like a massive concrete jungle that is tough to navigate. Fortunately that isn’t a problem for me since I’ve been several times and have good friends who are Paulistas.

Cocktails in Sao Paulo taste sweeter from atop the SKYE bar.

On our recent visit to Sao Paulo we met friends for cocktails at the SKYE Bar atop Sao Paulo’s Unique Hotel.  Located near Ibirapuera Park, the roofdeck bar offers some pretty spectacular views of the city’s skyline (see above).

Hotel Unique Sao PauloWhen you drive up to Unique Hotel you realize the name is accurate – regardless of what you make of the architecture – which I loved by the way.  Our taxi driver referred to it as “melancia” (watermelon), which made me laugh.  The bar is sleek and designed to impress from the minute you enter through the marble hallway and walk through the dining room.  Red lights reflect off the lap pool that runs the length of the deck beside comfortable furniture that is available on a first come first serve basis. Hotel UniqueIf for some reason, the weather is not cooperating but you would like to visit the hotel, they have an impressive second option in the hotel lobby on the ground level worth checking out. You can grab a seat at their large bar or sit down in their library which has plush red seats and can be seen in the image below to the right.

Sao Paulo Regardless of the weather, this is a great place I would recommend for cocktails.

Wine review: 2012 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir

wine review, california wineLast week I had a dinner with colleagues and we ordered a couple bottles of the 2012 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir.  My colleague who selected the wine indicated that Anthill Farms is one of her favorite wineries.

The color of the wine was hard to discern in the restaurant’s subdued lighting but its cherry-like aromas were easy to pick up and accompanied my dinner so nicely from start to finish this wine could be summed up in one word: versatile. The flavors never overpower you but they linger with a soft finish. I will remember the 2012 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir as my favorite in recent memory.

If you are looking for a nice host gift or present for a friend during the holidays this would be appreciated.  The appeal of this wine was universal at our dinner table, and I know I’ll keep my eye out for it in the future. The 2012 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir from their Comptche Ridge Vineyard in Mendocino County retails for $50-$60 and is widely available in the US.


1999 Billecart-Salmon “Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart” NFB Brut Champagne

Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut 1999Recently my sister and her fiancé came to visit us.  To celebrate their recent engagement we popped a bottle of 1999 Billecart-Salmon Champagne.  While Sergio and I truly enjoy Champagne, we had not tried this before.

The Champagne is 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay and has a whitish-gold coloring that you can see from my photograph shown below.  The taste is crisp and finishes with a light minerality that I really enjoyed.  My preference was to drink this Champagne unaccompanied, appreciating its flavors and watching the bubbles dance vertically up my champagne flute.

Unfortunately I do not recall how we acquired this bottle and assume it must have been brought to our home from a friend or guest so I cannot offer advice on where to purchase it, but a quick look online shows this for sale from $60-$90.  My sincere thanks to whomever brought this to our home we truly enjoyed it.

This would make for a generous gift for friends who enjoy Champagne whom you may be contemplating buying something during the holiday season.

1999 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart" NFB Brut Champagne

Repeal Day celebration at Gibson House Museum

cocktailFriend and fellow blogger, Etiquetteer, has asked me to help promote the Repeal Day Celebration at the Gibson House Museum in Boston, on Wednesday, December 3, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

Space at this event is limited, so I would encourage you to reserve tickets today ($125 patron; $200 sponsor) by contacting the Gibson House at info@thegibsonhouse.org.

The Gibson House Museum is located at 137 Beacon Street, between Arlington and Berkeley streets, in the Back Bay.  There is more information about the event on etiquetteer.com.


5th Annual Local Craft Brewfest is Friday, Nov 21st

Boston Local Craft Festival, Craft BeerIf you love craft brews then make note of the Local Food Festival annual Local Craft Brewfest next Friday.  This is your chance to sample some of New England’s best brews.   beverages and food while enjoying spectacular views of the Boston Harbor waterfront and great live music by local musicians.

Where:  Moakley U.S. Courthouse
When: Friday, November 21 from 6pm-9:30pm
Admission: $47 (includes beverage and food tastings and entertainment)

Tickets are on sale now.  For more information about the annual festival or to purchase tickets visit their website, bostonlocalfoodfestival.com.

Opus Affair at Liberty Hotel tonight 6-9PM

Opus Affair, Alibi BarJoin the arts loving social group, Opus Affair, tonight for their monthly cocktails and conversations at the Alibi bar at the Liberty Hotel.   This month’s Punch Bowl Fund will raise money for one of these three arts charities: Emmanuel Music, the Fifth Floor Collective, and Grand Harmonie!

RSVP – No Cost (and lots of fun) – Alibi Bar 6-9PM

What is Opus Affair’s Punch Bowl Fund? Think of it as a charitable drinking game where you are invited to contribute $5 (cash) to the fund. In return you recieve a drink ticket for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of the three featured arts organizations. At the end of the night, the organization with the most votes will collect the total amount raised that night.

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who love the arts who get together for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene.  If you’ve never been come and check them out.