Thoughts on fine spirits during a week when the maker of Pappy Van Winkle is sued for fraud for its ubiquitous, low-end cinnamon swill.

November 2022

My guide to Armagnac, with my top-10 bottle picks, and my annual plea to splurge on fine Armagnac. You'll wish you did when the bourbon bros drive up…
My guide to Calvados, with my top-20 bottle picks, and my annual holiday plea to splurge a bit on the best apple brandy.

July 2022

My bottle picks at all price points, as well as some favorite cocktails.
Chasing the Unicorn BarrelWatch now (58 sec) | Cognac's big-brand bling is old and tired. The real energy, and value, lies in the region's smaller artisan producers.

May 2022

Your reminder that, around here, we love Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados and all the other brandies.

January 2022

The perception of sweet and cheap—not to mention all those cardinals and conquistadors—isn't exactly a recipe for success in 2022. Is there hope for…
As a taster, I finally decided to put my money where my mouth is. The journey toward selecting my very own barrel in the cellars of Armagnac. One you…

December 2021

Napoléon, Réserve, Vieille Réserve, Extra, Extra Old, Extra Extra Old. It's madness, but it's important to understanding brandy.
Inspired by the world's oldest brandy, I went deep

September 2021

Like Kentucky’s bourbon trail or Scotland's whisky circuit, this city in southwest France is a must-visit for the spirits aficionado.

June 2021

The bourbon-ification of Armagnac is a terrible trend.