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Aug 24

Mad Men Mondays: The Stinger and The Gibson

I'm all but obsessed with the AMC show Mad Men. Last night, I heard two different cocktails mentioned on the show and I had to find out a little more about them: the Stinger and the Gibson.This has inspired me to launch a new recurring series: Mad Men Mondays. If they mention a cocktail on the Sunday night show, I'll hunt it down and give you the recipe on Monday. So, on to the cocktails …


Where did I go for the recipes? A pocket-sized 1946 book that belonged to my grandpa, called The Bartender's Friend.

The Stinger
1/3 oz white creme de menthe
1/3 oz brandy

Shake with ice and strain into 3 oz cocktail glass.

The Gibson
1/2 oz dry gin
1/2 oz Seagram's
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1 dash orange bitters

Shake with ice. Strain into 3 oz cocktail glass.

Last night, the character Roger ordered a Gibson "up."  I often order a Manhattan "up" as well, although I might say straight up instead. Here's a quick cocktail terminology glossary:

  • Neat: no ice, not mixed
  • Rocks (on the rocks): Poured over ice
  • Shaken: Shaken over ice and mixed, as required in both the Stinger and Gibson, and preferred by James Bond.
  • Stirred: The ingredients are, well, stirred instead of shaken.
  • Up / Straight Up: Mixed but not poured over ice

Photo Credit:
Photo from AMC, by Carin Baer
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Jun 09

Dream Job: I Need Your Help to Get It

What a week!  First the redesign, then the Cincinnati.com news. Now I've got one more bit of news, but this one requires YOUR help. A lot of your help.

You don't have to donate anything except about a minute of your time to click on something safe. I think you'll get a chuckle out of the whole thing too.

Murphy-Goode Winery is offering a 6-month, $60,000 position to someone who wants to promote the winery via social media. They'll even provide you with a rent-free home in Healdsburg. Seeing as how I'm a wine blogger and a social media consultant, it seems amazingly up my alley. I want this job. Really bad.

In order to get this job, I had to create a 1-minute video. I thought about embedding it below, but really, I want to drive you to the site to vote. You get a screen cap instead.

So many people seemed to just sit and talk about wine. I think wine is part of the job, but understanding social media and marketing is more important. So I tried to tell a story, and I used the Wizard of Oz to do it. Of course, it's also an excuse to dress up like Dorothy.

WinemeDineme readers will notice a guest appearance by Julie as the wonderful Glinda the Goode Wine Witch. The video was shot at Harmony Hill, so my HUGE thanks goes out to Bill, Patti, & Evan for letting us traipse through the vines and borrow their dog. Kevin, his brother Steve, and Steve's girlfriend Sarah round out the cast. Filming was done by recent foodie blogger, Bryan.

I created an accompanying web site at http://www.rainbowgoode.com.
It's fun because it hosts the extended version (after all, it's hard to
tell a story in a minute) and the blooper reel. The blooper reel still
makes me laugh. Dogs are fun to work with ..

On the RainbowGoode site, you can view the various ways I'm trying to market the video, trying to drive votes. I am using every bit of social media I think is relevant – from my LinkedIn groups to this blog, from Facebook to Twitter. I picked up some Google AdWords and grabbed some bit.ly URLs. I'm amazed at the things that were available still.
I'm also not discounting traditional media, sending press releases to everyone I can think of. Want one?

I'd love to make the Top 50 folks, and hopefully, the Top 10. At the very least, maybe I'll land a social media job of some sort from all this effort. But in order to do any of that, I need your votes.
The contest ends June 19, so vote soon, vote often, and tell your friends!

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Jul 01

Wine with Your Movie

The new Cinema de Lux has opened near the Florence Mall. It’s about time, as the Florence movie theatres were a bit rundown.

Apparently the new theatre has two pricing structures: standard and VIP. I haven’t been to the new theatre yet, but there is a Muvico in Boca Raton with similar pricings and offerings. It’s where I saw Chocolat. I splurged and purchased the VIP ticket, which entitled me to a loveseat, decent food, and a wine/beer list. I don’t know how much of that is available at the new Cinema de Lux, but a good friend sent me the wine list:

Vivid Whites
Chardonnay, Trinchero  $7
Chardonnay, 5 Rivers  $7
Sauvignon Blanc, Nobilo  $8
Pinot Grigio, Ecco Domani  $6
White Zinfindel, Barefoot  $6

Robust Reds
Cabernet, Trinchero  $7
Merlot, Red Rock  $7
Pinot Noir, Gala Rouge  $7
Shiraz, Virgin Vine  $6
Shiraz, Bridlewood  $8

Draft beer includes Blue Moon, BBC American Pale Ale, and more, $4

Draft beer is a rather good price. I’ve also seen worse wine prices, although keep in mind you can get a $6 glass of white zin from a retail $8-9 bottle. Gala Rouge Pinot Noir, for which I’ve paid around $12/bottle, is a fun, easy-drinking pinot.

Enjoy the movies!

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Jan 02

Celebrities and Branded Alcohol

No, I’m not going to write about Lindsay’s latest bad choices or Paris’s latest drink of choice. But I will be writing a print article soon on celebrity-branded alcohol.

I tend to prefer the wine side of things, where celebrities such as Tool’s Maynard James Keenan get hands-on with the winemaking process (Caduceus/Merkin Winery). But there are also other products out there – like the Limoncello to which Danny DeVito so funnily lent his name.

As I gather information over the next month or so, I’ll also have to start sending away for press kits and making an attempt to schedule interviews with famous people. So, what celebrity-branded wines and liquor would you suggest I cover for the article?

Cheers, and happy 2008!

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Aug 16

Pearls Before S-Wine

Pearls Before Swine is my favorite comic strip. I came across this particular strip in my daily calendar and had to share. You can view the Pearls web site here.

Click to view the full-size image.


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