New Finds

It’s always been a thrill for me to “discover” a new drink that blows my mind. Especially when it’s in a category that isn’t already super saturated with choices. So I have a couple of new obsessions I’m giddy over: 1) Don Ciccio & Figli Finocch
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Finding Dave’s Drinks’s Drinks

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here thanks to the amount of work I’ve put into my new job. So it’s with great excitement that I announce that the Mouth Indie Spirits + Wine Gallery is open at 192 Water Street in the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn, and you
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What’s Dave Drinking?

While the focus of the project I’m working on for Mouth is definitely spirits, we are putting together a terrific small wine selection. And it’s been a great excuse for me to focus on American wineries that are pushing the envelope with techniques and flavors rather than p
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What’s Dave Drinking?

While I am the first to admit that the conglomeration of brands into huge distilling corporations hasn’t been as disastrous as some people say, I still love when an independent distiller makes a name for itself in the middle of a traditional distilling hub that has all been boug
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What’s Dave Drinking?

It’s only day 3 of my new job and I’ve already got to sample some very fun spirits. Today’s tasting featuring the Leatherbee Distillers line was a nice highlight. Especially their Malort: a craft version of Chicago’s infamously challenging dive bar cheap shot o
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New Opportunity

I’ve accepted a position with Mouth.com to work in the spirits and wine division and the brick-and-mortar store they are opening. This is an amazing and exciting opportunity to help build something new while working with some really talented and passionate people. The bad news i
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Cellering Beer

Just about everyone knows about cellering wine. Storing certain wines which will improve with age & knowing when to open them to get the best flavor is a well established practice. But despite there being some traditions similar with certain old-world beers, it’s only recen
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What’s Dave Drinking?

Winter is prime time for drinking all the richer & bolder beers that traditionally come out around the holidays. Some of the most fun are the line of Bad Elf beers made by Ridgeway Brewing in the UK. There’s Bad Elf, Very Bad Elf, Seriously Bad Elf, Criminally Bad Elf &
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Classes at ICE

My classes for the upcoming season at The Institute of Culinary Education are now available for sale through their website. You can find links to them on the Events page. It’s super exciting to be part of their team & I can’t wait for the sessions to start. I hope to
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What’s Dave Drinking? Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving inspires more people to ask me questions about pairing than any other holiday. The classic dinner demands a drink that’s bold but versatile to stand up to the rich dishes with their seasonal spectrum of flavors, and it seems like it’s the one meal of the year
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