It probably says something about me and my friends, but as another round of freezing weather hits metro Atlanta and locks us in our homes, many have been posting about what they have on hand to eat, and especially what they have on hand to drink today.
I’m not bragging or complaining but as always I have a lot of beer, particularly odds and ends of things I’ve written about or plan to sample soon. There’s the usual stock of decent but not expensive wine, too. And enough liquor to make a martini or a Manhattan or a few other basic cocktails.
At times like these, though, I think about friends with serious wine cellars. It must be really nice to be able to open a vintage bottle to celebrate having heat, and light and good food, while the weather outside is so frightful.
Gil Kulers, my buddy on the AJC Drink blog and a sommelier at a fancy Atlanta club, wrote about Russian River Pinot Noir in his latest Kulers Uncorked column. He gave two thumbs way up to a $68 bottle from Inman Family Wines. I wouldn’t mind opening that tonight.
This week in Beer Town, I wrote about San Diego’s Ballast Point, a company that includes a craft brewery and a craft distillery, and now makes over 40 styles of beer and seven different spirits.
I’ve been drinking Ballast Point’s highly rated Sculpin IPA, lately. But tonight I’m planning to try a bit of its Old Grove Gin and Three Sheets Barrel Aged Rum.
Click over to Drink to check out my interview with Yuseff Cherney, who has the distinction of being Ballast Point’s co-founder, chief operating officer, head brewer and head distiller. And while you’re there, check out Gil’s take on Russian River Pinot Noir.
While you’re here, though, I’m wondering what you’re planning to drink tonight?
— By Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More blog.