The Gambling Cowboy, Temecula, CA

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So you’ve trekked down to Temecula in Riverside County and had a wonderful day in the sun sampling a myriad of local wines at the multitude of wineries that line the valley and now you want to kick back someplace …

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The Perfect Martini Stem “Bowl” Shape!

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Have you ever sat there with a Martini comfortably cradled in your hand and wonder what is the optimum bowl shape for a Martini?  Is it a very wide flaring bowl?  A very narrow tall bowl, almost a flute?          …

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Bar Review: Moshulu, Philadelphia, PA

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Or When is a Martini Stem not a martini Stem? That is my Martini on my most recent visit to Moshulu! First let me explain a bit about Moshulu.  She is a four-masted steel barque built  in Scotland in 1904 …

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Perfect Coffee!

No, this is not a post on how to make perfect coffee.  I have my hands full with a Perfect Martini.  But I wanted to elaborate on something about which I’ve been preaching.  And that is properly chilling the martini …

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Thoughts on Stemware, Part Three

Its been a while since I shared some thoughts on stemware, so here are a few Friday Musings…. Crooked stems?  Split?  Or big sweeping curving stems?  Is there some reason for a crooked/curved/split stem that I’m just not seeing?  Or …

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To Stem or Not to Stem

Anybody out there like this trend of Martini Stemware without the ‘Stem’? I’ve noticed a number of places serving my Martinis in glassware that is short, almost stubby, with a bulbous ‘foot’, and no noticeable ‘stem’.  The bowl is still …

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What’s the best way to hold the Martini?

What’s the best way to hold the stem to retain maximum Martini coldness? I use two fingers at the rim.  Is it better to hold the base?  Or the stem itself? Having my fingers on the rim of the bowl …

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Thoughts on Stemware, Part Two

A few more rambling thoughts on “cold” stemware……. We know that smaller things warm up quickly and larger object warm up more slowly. Specifically objects with larger thermal masses warm up more slowly. Usually, but not always, thermal mass correlates …

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Thoughts on Stemware, Part One

Do you have a preference on stemware? Perhaps you haven’t thought too much about it. Many people’s only desire is a clean stem for their drink. That’s clearly a good start. I do have a preference; I want my Martini …

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Chilled Glass

Frozen or chilled with ice water? As I said before, my perfect martini is ice cold. Anything that warms my martini is evil. OK, that may be a bit of hyperbole, but you get the idea. So when I see …

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