2009 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

June 19, 2009

Since its inception just after the repeal of Prohibition, the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition (now in its 70th year) has become one of the Top 5 wine competitions in the country. This year’s 3,400 wine entries were judged by an international panel for three days at the end of May, while another…

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Tales of the Cocktail 2009 Spirit Award Nominees Announced

June 15, 2009

The nominees for the Tales of the Cocktail 2009 Spirit Awards have been announced. Tales of the Cocktail is an internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails, cuisine and culture held annually in New Orleans. This year’s five-day event takes place July 8-12, and the Spirit Awards will be held on Saturday, July 11. From the Tales…

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Recapping Malo's 1st Ultra Premium Tequila Tasting

June 14, 2009

On June 3rd, Malo hosted its first Ultra Premium Tequila Tasting in its upstairs event space. For a mere $15, guests sampled from an outstanding selection of tequilas, including 4 Copas, Partida, Maestro Dobel, Comisario, Casa Noble, Hacienda de Chihuahua sotol, Tequila Ocho and Siete Leguas. The complimentary light fare and DJ were both greatly…

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The Wayback Machine: Cicada Club at the Oviatt

May 31, 2009

Tonight, step into the Jazz Age as “famed showman and impresario” Maxwell DeMille presents The Cicada Club at the historic Oviatt Building in downtown. In addition to the vintage music and entertainment, Cicada Club will offer a classic and signature cocktails menu, with libations grouped into Classic, Absinthe, Bourbon, and Gin. Booking dinner reservations gets…

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May 30: Speaking Easy on the Miracle Mile

May 28, 2009

Any event that combines art, music, and cocktails automatically gets my attention. Throw in words like “free drinks” and “speakeasy” and you’ll get a Pavlovian response from me. This Saturday, May 30, Muse (LACMA’s membership group for young artists and art enthusiasts) presents ArtWalk 2009 on the Miracle Mile. From 12pm to 8pm, the ArtWalk…

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The Wayback Machine: Bloody Marys for 36 Cents

May 27, 2009

To¬† celebrate the 73rd anniversary of its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City, the Queen Mary is serving its signature Bloody Mary for just 36 cents (the price in 1936, natch) in the Observation Bar. According to the Queen Mary’s official site, the gorgeous, Art Deco Observation Bar “is original to the…

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June 3: Malo Ultra Premium Tequila Tasting

May 26, 2009

Coming up on Wednesday, June 3: Malo hosts its 1st Ultra Premium Tequila Tasting Show, featuring DJ Endo & complimentary food. Some of the tequilas available for tasting will include 4 Copas 100% Organic, Partida, Maestro Dobel, Comisario, Casa Noble, Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotel and Tequila Ocho. But wait, there’s more: Gran Centenario’s new release…

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World Cocktail Day

May 13, 2009

Today is World Cocktail Day, the culmination of World Cocktail Week and its celebration of the American Cocktail. The date coincides with the earliest uses of the term “Cocktail” in the May 1806 editions of “The Balance and Columbian Repository.” Imbibe recently uploaded a scan of these historic documents, which you can read on the…

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