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Notes from the Oscars of beveraging

En route to Team Beretta's victory, Enrique Sanchez of La Mar mixes drinks at a Tales of the Cocktail event.

Besides Suntory's sacred den of Japanese whiskey, the other haven from Tales madness and New Orleans' Summer heat was Francis Ford Coppola's French Quarter home. By invite only, we were merely given an address, entering a candlelit walkway into a classic New Orleans courtyard and hundred years' old home with exposed brick walls, fireplaces, grand piano and jazz duo serenading us as we sipped Krug and Inglenook wines. I stopped in more than once, grateful for a peaceful gathering on comfy couches where I ran into friends from New York to Ireland.


Thanks to Portland's House Spirits for the brilliant idea of a coffee bar -- with booze, of course --  every morning at an art gallery across the street from the Tales' home base of the Hotel Monteleone. Iced Stumptown Coffee perked us up on those slugglishly hot, post-party mornings. And if one must add House Spirits' coffee liqueur or aquavit to the coffee, so be it.

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2012 TALES of the COCKTAIL Spirited Award Winners

Winners in bold

The John Lermeyer Award for Good Behavior

The Bon Vivants 

American Bartender of the Year

Eric Alperin

Charles Joly

Jeffrey Morganthaler

Joaquin Simo


Best American Brand Ambassador

Erick Castro

Elayne Duke

Jamie Gordon

Jim Ryan


Best American Cocktail Bar

Anvil Bar & Refuge – Houston, Texas

Clover Club – Brooklyn, New York

Columbia Room – Washington, District of Columbia

The Varnish – Los Angeles, California


Best Bar Mentor

Bridget Albert

Wayne Collins

Francesco Lafranconi

Steve Olson


Best High Volume Cocktail Bar

Beretta – San Francisco, California

Clover Club – Brooklyn, New York

Eastern Standard – Boston, Massachusetts

La Descarga – Los Angeles, California


Best Cocktail Writing, Non-Book


Time Out NY


Best Cocktail Writing

Gary Regan

Robert Simonson

David Wondrich

Naren Young


Best International Brand Ambassador

Jacob Briars

Ian Burrell

Claire Smith

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