The Sommelier of Shots
Fernando Guzman of Chicago's Adobo Grill goes by a unique title: tequila sommelier. The Mexican-born Guzman makes matches nightly between the restaurant's 80 tequila selections and its sophisticated regional Mexican cuisine (312-266-7999).
Believe It or Not
With so many scotch whisky makers touting 20-, 30- and 50-year-old bottlings, it's hard to believe there's actually such a thing as scotch that's too old. But whisky expert John Hansell of the Malt Advocate contends that 18 is the ideal age for scotch.
Steuben celebrates the opening of its new Manhattan store with a reintroduction of its Air-Twist Champagne flutes. Based on a 1949 design, these classic glasses still look remarkably fresh over half a century later ($600 for two; 667 Madison Ave., 212-752-1441).
What Joe Knows
Joe DeLissio, wine director at New York's famed River Café for nearly 20 years, has finally put all that he knows onto paper. The result is a refreshingly unpretentious new guide, The River Café Wine Primer ($26; Little, Brown and Co.).
Wines for weddings
As June is traditionally the month for marriages, we asked seven wedding professionals what wine they recommend:
1 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne
Randie Wilder-Pellegrini, Cordially Invited, Beverly Hills, California.
2 Pommery Brut Champagne
Claudia Hanlin, The Wedding Library, New York City.
3 Domaine Chandon Brut Sparkling Wine
Vernon Jacobs, Event of the Season Caterers, Cortmaderia, California.
4 Jacquesson Brut Champagne
Carley Roney, TheKnot.com.
5 Moët & Chandon Nectar Donna Ferrari, Bride's Magazine.
6 Veuve Clicquot Champagne
JoAnn Gregoli, Elegant Occasions, New York City.
7 Veuve Clicquot Champagne
Colin Cowie, Colin Cowie Lifestyle, New York City.
By Lettie Teague