Going to Tales of the Cocktail


While I'm no stranger to the Big Easy having lived there for several years and cooked in the French Quarter for one of them, I can't say I've ever been to an event quite like Tales of the Cocktail.

Dismissing for the moment certain aspects of the timing and that 90 degree temperature and 90 percent humidity are not ideal cocktailing weather, it would be hard to find a better venue than New Orleans to celebrate the glory of the American bar scene. After all, our bar scene today is one that draws from around the globe, and if any city in the U.S. is more global than American, get on down to New Orleans and you'll be looking at it.

I'm heading down for a great virtual tasting with George Sandeman of the eponymous Porto house. We'll be talking about all things Porto; history, styles, the latest vintages, as well as unveiling two new Porto cocktails to our audience. That all happens Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. EST. You can view it live on Snooth! RSVP here to be sure not to miss it.

Thursday is a bit of a free day for me, I'm not really participating with Tales but plan on connecting with quite a few friends who will be down there. If anyone is going to be in town and wants to meet up, let me know. I would love to share a Pimm's Cup in Napoleon House or something entirely more corrosive at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, I'm just saying…

Thursday night I'm sad to say that I'll be missing Sandeman's dinner, at Arnaud's of all places! It looks to be a grand event pairing Porto cocktails with some of the classic dishes off the menu. You can check out the menu here: The Lost Art of port with George Sandeman, though remember it is sold out. I'll be looking for another venue for dinner I guess! Got any suggestions?

I hope to meet some of you down there. Keep your eye out for my colleague Sara Kay, editor of TheSpir.it, who will be attending Tales and even hosting a seminar, Caorunn Gin's Storytellers Challenge. It looks like an event you don't want to miss and you get to meet Sara, so take some time to check it out.

If you do attend this year's Tales of the Cocktail, we would love to hear your best stories. Please come back and share! And let Sara and myself know if you have time to say hello. By the way, I bet you five dollars I know where you got your shoes!

See ya'll soon!

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  • Snooth User: spiritstraveler
    Hand of Snooth
    389248 4

    I won't be there until Thursday night, but hope to catch up with you along the way!
    Marcia @SpiritsTraveler

    Jul 21, 2012 at 8:21 AM

  • Snooth User: Piuma
    1041252 2

    I wish I could come to the events, unfortunately I live in Europe and too busy launching my wine Piuma. I feel in love with New Orleans so much that instead of staying for 5 days I end up staying for 2 weeks. I would definitely considerate living their. The people are great, the drinks, the food, the music and the New Orleans wine society where great to have a drink or two with. I would have certainly wear a pair of Crockett & Jones Roma Suede shoes. All the best, Salvatore (hello@piuma.eu)

    Jul 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

  • I am an amateur in wine world, but articls like yours make me think about it seriously...

    Aug 14, 2012 at 8:59 AM

  • Snooth User: Piuma
    1041252 2

    Thank you Alissa...

    Aug 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

  • I also missed it this year. Hoping to be there at the eve of 31st this year. :)


    Oct 20, 2012 at 5:52 AM

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