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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What’s Dave Drinking?

Whenever I travel anywhere, I always try to sample some local booze. Whether it’s beer, wine or spirits, I want to check out what’s going on nearby. So imagine my thrill this past weekend when I arrived at my friend’s house in the Berkshires to find a bottle of Berks
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Dave’s Drinks at The Institute of Culinary Education

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a range of beer classes at ICE in early 2014 as well as running a beer dinner & a whiskey dinner there with my friend & very talented chef/instructor Brendan McDermott. I’m doing a couple of introductory cl
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What’s Dave Drinking?

In the current world of craft beer lovers, lagers (and especially classic German lagers) are often considered boring by experts & casual drinkers alike. But I really enjoy a beer that can be subtle while still having interesting textures and flavors. And there are quite a few smal
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What’s Old Is New Again

Thanks to the current spirits & cocktail craze, producers & importers have been unearthing ancient spirits that were nearly extinct. Sometimes they were extinct & have been brought back to life. And sometimes they have become terrible shadows of their original incarnati
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What’s Dave Drinking?

When it comes to cocktails, sometimes I just crave a Perfect Manhattan like the one I drank last night. Not perfect as in made perfectly (although it was quite good) but Perfect in that it was made with both sweet & dry vermouths instead of the classic version with only sweet. It
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Contact Form Errors & Apologies

My stalwart web designer has caught a problem with the contact forms I’ve been using on the site, which is why they’ve been pulled off for now. If anyone has filled out the form but not heard back from me, I’m truly sorry but the message never got through & has
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What’s Dave Drinking?

There are very few drinks that I identify with summer more than Gin & Tonic. I’ve always loved the juniper-mellow Plymouth Gin from England, and I’m a fan of the Dorothy Parker Gin made down the road from my house. But the state of tonic water in the American market is
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What’s Dave Drinking?

I love unusual riffs on classics, especially when the riff is actually a throw-back to the roots. For example, Camillo Donati Malvasia is a wine I love. Because it’s biodynamic, it is frizzante (mildly carbonated) & the funkiness of natural fermentation balances the sweetnes
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