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One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer

One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer

  By Christine Scioli When I attended Delaware Law School “back in the day”, I was a clerk at a nearby law firm and happened to have the cool task of incorporating a local musician and his band, George Thorogood and the Destroyers. This led […]

Sherry Seduction

Sherry Seduction

Wine guru extraordinaire, Karen MacNeil, author of the Wine Bible, writes today in her weekly newsletter, Winespeed, about the “wine word” lagar as follows: A shallow stone or cement trough in which grapes are trodden by foot (usually for several hours) in order to crush […]

Why A Cocktail Orange, Shaken and Stirred?

Why A Cocktail Orange, Shaken and Stirred?

There sure is a lot of negative news out there today and after a while, the ad nauseam rhetoric really gets to the inner spirit. We here at Zan Media took a look around and thought, why not refresh that spirit producing a documentary about just that – spirits!

Some names associated with alcoholic beverages are terse – like booze or hooch. Some sound romantic and old school, such as a cocktail or highball. Then there’s the whole world of wine too. Our prior documentary films, A Passion for the Vine and The Routes to Roots, Napa and Sonoma address a lot about vino but we found even more to explore with wine cocktails and the story of sherry, and even a fun tutorial on how spirits are actually made.

Initially we set out to follow Ernest Hemmingway and some other authors that were known to enjoy a drink or two. But it turned out a lot of them were drunks and there’s nothing uplifting about that. So we turned instead to perusing some gorgeous locations in California and Hawaii with bars and saloons that create unique concoctions using fresh, local ingredients, presented by proprietors and professors, bartenders and professional mixologists.

What we found was passion; so many of our participants were so excited to share their stories, histories and recipes. Just as they would if they were talking to you in person across the bar on a Saturday night or Sunday buffet.

Uplifting indeed!