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Torani Bacon Syrup Sure to Replace Galliano as the Bottle Behind the Bar That Will Never Need to be Replenished


Torani Bacon Syrup

Torani Bacon Syrup. I dunno, maybe there’s a market for this? I do know that the Mutineers were as excited as could be to receive a bottle of that newfangled Bakon Vodka, but when it came time to step up and drink the stuff, big talk withered quickly, but it makes a mean bloody mary.

According to Torani:

Bacon enthusiasts will recognize the same savory, meaty flavor as authentic bacon in this salty, sweet syrup. Torani Bacon syrup adds savory bacon flavor to cocktails, lattes, sauces and more. Just add 1/2 – 1 oz. of syrup to a 6-8 oz. beverage, and enjoy this innovative new flavor from Torani.

There’s even a recipe on the Torani website for a “Bacon Bourbon Sour”. I have not tried this cocktail, nor do I have any desire to, I’m just saying that it exists.

Bacon Bourbon Sour

1 oz. Torani Bacon Syrup
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
2 oz. bourbon
3 inch bacon strip (garnish)

Combine syrup, lemon juice, and bourbon in a cocktail shaker with cie. Shake well and strain into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish by placing a small strip of cooked bacon across the rim of the glass.

3 comments 01.31.2011 |

A Good Friend Remembered – James Dalton


2010 Zintastico Jim and Steve

James Dalton and Steve Collum – 2010 Zintastico

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a dear friend and a very important part of the Newsome-Harlow family. On Sunday, December 12, 2010, at the relatively young age of 69, friend and grower James Declan Dalton passed from this earth.

It was 1998 when Jim was introduced to local vineyard manager Steve Collum. In the year 2000 with Steve’s help, Jim established a vineyard here in Calaveras county. Beginning in 2003, I started making wine from the Dalton vineyard. Plenty of stuff. Grenache and Mourvedre for the Twisted Oak wines, along with some Petite Sirah for the NH wines. Over the next couple of years I realized that this was a special place and a special guy. In 2006, I took the plunge and committed to two more blocks from the ranch for the NH wines. The Syrah, along with a really cool block of Zinfandel which goes by the name of The Donner Party Zinfandel. Both the 07 and 08 vintages have received high praise (93 points) from national wine publication The Wine Enthusiast. By 2010, I was purchasing the lion’s share of the fruit from Jim’s vineyard and making several wines for two wineries from it. See the full post »

Teenage Mutinous Ninja Turtles


King Estate Ninja Turles

King Estate Winery’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made from 100% recycled tin foils from their Signature Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Muscat, and Chardonnay.

These most mutinous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were made by Marcus L., the Lab Manager who runs the quality control and quality assurance programs at King Estate. Rumor has it there is one of SpongeBob Square Pants floating around as well.

From left to right: Donatello (Don), Raphael (Raph), Michaelangelo (Mikey), Leonardo (Leo)

1 comment 01.25.2011 |

The Official Beer of You


Miller High Life

That’s what Miller High Life wants to be anyway. Miller High Life just unveiled a new marketing campaign and it’s pretty simple; no multi-million dollar professional athlete sponsorships, no Super Bowl commercials, and no ads with famous celebrities in them. Instead, they want to sponsor you. For just two minutes of your time, you can be sponsored by them. Will you receive a multi-million dollar sponsorship? Well, no. But you could be featured on their Facebook page or even appear in one of their advertisements. See the full post »

3 comments 01.24.2011 |

Bear Valley and Calaveras County Wine


CellarPass SnowBomb event

Do you live in the Bay Area? Do you ski or snowboard? Do you like wine? Then you’re in luck.

SnowBomb and CellarPass have teamed up to combine all three into one awesome trip that takes you through the heart of Calaveras County wine country and to California’s seventh largest ski area, Bear Valley Mountain. After a comfortable ride on a chartered luxury bus, spend the day skiing or snowboarding before wrapping up the day with a Calaveras County wine tasting led by the wine-makers themselves. From there, hop back on that comfortable chartered luxury bus and head back towards home. Too easy and a perfect way to spend the day.

Confirmed wineries:

  • Newsome-Harlow
  • Chatom Vineyards
  • Frog’s Tooth Vineyards
  • Solomon Wine Co.
  • Twisted Oak Winery
  • Hatcher Winery
  • And more to come.

    21+ only. For more information, pricing, and to purchase tickets, visit the CellarPass website.

    3 comments 01.21.2011 |

    Absinthe Around the World and the Implications for the USA


    A few weeks ago, I was approached by Alan Moss, a long time Wormwood Society member, who asked if he could do a complimentary article to a piece I did recently.  Who am I to say ‘no’?  Alan is the Global Ambassador for La Clandestine absinthe and the main contributor to the Real Absinthe blog.  I thought you all might like a global perspective on the absinthe renaissance.

    I enjoyed Brian’s earlier article about absinthe in Spain: it showed absinthe can be different in some countries, and yet very similar. A range of qualities, pricing and packaging, and a trend almost everywhere towards quality.

    I’ve been a member of the Wormwood Society for six years and I’ve been working on La Clandestine absinthe almost all that time. I’ve sold liquor in 50 plus countries since 1989 so I’ve been privileged to travel, to experience and to observe. I see interesting global trends on absinthe and it will be interesting to see how they affect the US market (and vice versa).


    In the USA, absinthe quality is generally much higher than in most countries around the world. You can easily find shops in NYC, LA, Chicago, etc with more than a dozen good quality absinthes. This is almost impossible in Europe where just one or two cities may have one or two shops like that (mixed with lower quality lines).

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    How Well Can You Pour?


    Pour Master

    The Weihenstephan Brewery is the oldest continually operating brewery in the world with documents tracing their roots back to the year 768 and their Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is world class and one of my favorite wheat beers, if not one of my favorite beers period. I stumbled across a game on their website and it declared me “born a pour master.” Pretty cool.

    After all my hard work, this isn’t a title I take likely.

    What are you?

    Comments Off on How Well Can You Pour? 01.17.2011 |

    Energy Drinks Take Over House, Lady Freaks Out

    Other Beverage

    I think very little needs to be said about this. It’s pretty clear that this video was made in hopes that it would go viral. It’s been viewed almost 370,000 times so as of yet, it seems they haven’t gotten the attention they may have imagined. However, it is slightly entertaining to watch this lady freak out, all in the name of Vital Energy energy drink. I haven’t tried or even heard of Vital Energy, I’ll have to speak with resident Mutineer Energyologist Jeff Dorenbush to get the skinny on the caffeine fueled beverage.

    4 comments 01.14.2011 |

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