Sunday, October 23, 2016

Enrique De Colsa

Enrique De Colsa has been the master distiller for the upmarket Don Julio tequila company for a dozen years, and has worked in the industry for more than a quarter-century. He was interviewed by Haute Living at the recent Diageo World Class Global Finals in Miami. Here's a quote from that conversation.
Q: What is your favorite Don Julio variety?

A: My favorite is the añejo, but my baby is Don Julio 70. It was my unique baby because I made it all by myself. Even ([the late] Don Julio didn’t taste it. He was alive when we released it, but it was released in fall 2011 as an LTO [limited time offer, although it later became a permanent offering] and he passed away in March of 2012, so he was not able to drink it at this time.

Although his sickness prevented him from tasting it, he held the bottle in his hands, proud of our team.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Mariano Rotelli

• Mariano “Pops” Rotelli, a resident of the Atlanta suburb of Senoia, revealed the secret of his longevity to the Newnan Times-Herald -- at the party marking his 107th birthday.

“I’ve had a shot of whiskey in my coffee every morning for 100 year. I went to the doctor three times in 100 years. He’s dead. I’m still living.”

Asked if he’s particular about the type of whiskey he has each morning, he said he'll drink whatever his son-in-law buys. It’s usually Jim Beam Black.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Celebri-Quote: John Adams

John Adams, who went on to become the second President of the United States and lived to the ripe old age of 91, wrote many letters home to his wife Abigail while he was in Philadelphia participating in the Continental Congress in 1774. In addition to other topics, he wrote about his experiences imbibing with the other fledgling statesmen. Here are some excerpts included in author Mark Will-Weber's new book, “Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking.”
"I was at Mister Chew’s mansion last night, and I drank Madeira at a great rate and felt no inconvenience [the word for hangover in those days] the next morning."
... and, since he began most days with a draft of hard cider that he treated like medicine, he wrote this on July 26, 1796 ...
"In conformity to the fashion I drank this Morning and Yesterday Morning, about a Jill [also spelled 'gill,' and meaning a quarter of a pint] of Cyder. It seems to do me good, by diluting and dissolving the Phlegm or the Bile in the Stomach.”
... and the very next day ...
“I continue my practice of drinking a Jill of Cyder in the Morning and find no ill but some good Effect.”

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lynn Tolley

Lynn TolleyLynne Tolley, master taster and global ambassador for the Jack Daniel's distilling company, is the great-grandniece of Jack himself. She sat down for an interview with the Memphis Commercial-Appeal newspaper. Here are two comments she made at the time.
Q: Who, past or present, would you most like to have a drink with?

A: Jack Daniel, of course. I'd love to sit down and talk to him, but I tell you this: He would be shocked that so many women are drinking his whiskey. He died in 1911, and women didn't drink then unless they were sick and needed a tonic.

Q: You've been a taster for Jack Daniel's for 25 years (her favorite cocktail is a Manhattan made with Gentleman Jack). Every Friday afternoon, if you're not traveling as the ambassador, you join other tasters. What is that group like?

A: About half of us are women. In my estimation, women are the best tasters because the process is done by aroma and taste, and I think women have a keener sense of smell.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Robert Evans

Screen shot 2016-08-23 at 2.54.30 PM Robert Evans is editorial manager of the humor site Cracked and author of the book "A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization." Here's a slice of his take on human civilization as expressed in an interview with National Public Radio.

"Alcohol is a big part of the reason that we are here in the first place," Evans said, sharing what is called the Drunken Monkey hypothesis.

The hypothesis says that about 10 million years before homo sapiens appeared on the scene early primate ancestors learned to eat fruit that had begun fermenting. When fruit reaches that point, it's in its most caloric-dense state and has the greatest benefit for the animal eating it.

"It's not just alcohol that was sort of responsible for the rise of agriculture, it was the desire to throw really good parties."

Go here to visit my archive of Celebri-Quotes on the drinking life.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Margot Robbie

Screen shot 2016-08-18 at 4.11.52 PMThe Australian actor/model Margot Robbie learns more than her lines. In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, she reveals one of her new guilty pleasures, learned from a wardrobe mistress on the set of the Tina Fey film "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" in which she appeared. 
"I like to have a beer shower -- a nice beer in the shower. [Fey's costumer mentioned it to her and ... ] I was like, 'What's a beer shower?' She said she drinks an ice-cold beer in a boiling-hot bath or shower, and it made her sleep.

"I was like, 'That sounds perfect!' So, now when I get home from work I have a beer shower or a beer bath if I have time."

Go here to visit my archive of Celebri-Quotes on the drinking life.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Aisha Tyler

Screen shot 2016-07-30 at 4.22.32 PMShe's a standup comic, an actress, a director, a TV talk show panelist, a model, an entrepreneur, and she's on the cover of the latest issue of Chilled magazine, which covers the adult beverage industry and its many activities and personalities. Here's an excerpt from that interview with the multi-faceted Aisha Tyler, who has a line of bottled cocktails called Courage+Stone about to come out.

Q: What is your home bar like?

A: It's enormous! A five-tier bookshelf. I probably have 100, 150 bottles. I'm a big gin enthusiast. I love amari [a tart digestive] -- American and foreign. A lot of American whiskey, that's my favorite. I have a lot of old bottles, too, including some old Pineau des Charentes.

Eva Longoria

Screen shot 2016-07-26 at 3.48.04 PMEva Longoria is known as an actress, designer, model, and entrepreneur. She also likes wine, as she said in a new online  interview with Yahoo! Style.
Q: What’s with the wine slogan [on her T-shirt]? And do you have a favorite wine?

A: I’m pretty obsessed with wine. Wine love, more wine, wine goals. I’m getting better with wine.

I am obsessed with California Cabernet Sauvignon, not just because I live in California, but there’s just an amazing boldness to them. But, I’m recently been drinking Super Tuscans, so I’m exploring that now as well.

Gertrude Bowden

Screen shot 2016-07-25 at 2.17.48 PM• While you may never have heard of Gertrude Bowden, she is quite a celebrity in Bramble House, the English nursing facility she now calls home. That's because she just turned 103, and celebrated with cake, party favors, plenty of visitors, and a special libation. 

A quote from her granddaughter Susan Gillespite:

“She’s always kept herself busy with crafts and hobbies, like sewing and baking.. She’s always been a very hard worker, and if you ask her what the secret to living so long is she’ll tell you it’s a tot of whiskey a day.

"She puts it down to my grandad, but he died 31 years ago and she’s [still had a drink] every day since.”

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Johnny Depp

• Megastar actor Johnny Depp compares drinking to child rearing. (He has two -- children, that is.)

"When kids hit one year old, it's like hanging out with a miniature drunk."

How so?

"You have to hold onto them. They bump into things. They laugh and cry. They urinate. They vomit."

Rodney Dangerfield

The comedian-actor Rodney Dangerfield, who dies in 2004 at the age of 82, came up with plenty of oft-repeated lines during his long career. "Life is just a bowl of pits," "When I was born I was so ugly the doctor slapped my mother," and "My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion. He said, OK, you're ugly, too" are just a few of them. Here's one that particularly pertains to the cocktail world.

"I drink too much.

"The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it."

Anthony Bourdain

The celebrity chef/author /TV personality, commenting on a visit to the African nation of Tanzania on his cable show "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown":

"Even on the Serengeti Plain, it ain't a barbecue if there ain't some kind of beer."

Monday, November 18, 2013

Jimmy Breslin

The legendary New York journalist and novelist Jimmy Breslin, 83, was interviewed at the bar at Sardi's restaurant in New York City by the Daily News the night he was to be inducted into the Deadline Club's Hall of Fame. He had just ordered a Diet Coke, hardly the sort of beverage for which he had a famous fondness.
Q: How are you doing, Jimmy?

A: I wish this was whiskey. Whiskey cured everything. Those days are gone. And I don’t wanna be here. I have work to do. I’m not worth any fucking award, I can tell you that much. I wanna be home working on my book.

Q: What’s it about?

A: Who knows? It’s about New York. So what else is doing?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Richard Overton

Picture 19Richard Arvine Overton is, at the age of 107, America's oldest living veteran of World War II. The resident of East Austin, TX, who says he smokes up to a dozen cigars daily. He also discussed some of his other preferences in an interview with Fox News.

"I got good health and I don’t take any medicine. I also stay busy around the yards, I trim trees, help with the horses. The driveways get dirty, so I clean them. I do something to keep myself moving. I don’t watch television.

"I may drink a little in the evening, too, with some soda water, but that’s it.

"Whiskey’s a good medicine. It keeps your muscles tender."

Monday, August 27, 2012

Franka Potente

German actress Franka Potente says she had a drink to ease her anxiety before a romantic scene with Johnny Depp in the 2001 film "Blow." But she told New York magazine, the move backfired, causing her to slur her way through the scene. 

"We were shooting in a bar in Los Angeles and there was a power outage or something, we had some extra time, and the bartender was like, 'Oh, Johnny Depp and everyone, you have to have a drink. Ah, you're German, okay, let's have Jagermeister.'

"And I was really nervous that day. I had a lot of lines I had to do a Boston accent or something, and it was so hard, and I was really affected because I had too much Jagermeister. I was young, I didn't know any better."

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Christina Hendricks

Men, do you think you have no chance of getting close to "Mad Men"  siren Christina Hendricks? Well, that probably is true -- if you don't drink whiskey. Here's what she had to say on the subject in an interview with The Sun of London.

"I love it when a man orders Scotch. Most women find it a big turn-on.

"I've always been attracted to men who exude confidence and a sense of purpose in life. A man is much sexier when he is able to project a very clear impression of who he is and can take charge of situations.

"Women like to feel a man can protect us when we need that or feel vulnerable. A bit of swagger mixed in with a good sense of humor is important."

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Jessica Simpson

Singer Jessica Simpson, 31, who is expecting her first child, revealed in an interview with Elle magazine what she likes to drink -- both before and during pregnancy.

"Givin' up my Scotch? My Macallan 18? That was hard for me!

"Though now being pregnant, you crave other things. A big thing of water sounds great!"

Monday, March 5, 2012

Jack Nicklaus

Nicklaus in is heyday.
Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, in an interview with the Golf Channel, theorizes on why today's pro golfers are better, as a group, than the oldtimers when it comes to making crucial putts under pressure.

"Don't take this the wrong way, please. In those days, most of those guys were club pros. Their usual thing was, after a round, to come in and have a drink and socialize. They did that when they played tournaments. I always felt drinking did not do well with nerves. The guys today don't do that. I never did that.

"Did I have a drink? Sure, here and there, but never while I was playing in tournaments. I always thought that was terrible for your nerves, and terrible for your touch, because I think the most important thing is to be totally there. I don't think guys did it because they were nervous, it was just their way of life. It was a social way of life, and golf was a social sport. Guys take the game today as more athletes, and I took it that way. I'm not saying these guys were drinkers, but it was part of their life. It's not part of the culture today."

Friday, January 27, 2012

Pat Sajack

The game show host
TV game show host Pat Sajak admitted in an interview with ESPN2 that he and longtime eye candy Vanna White used to knock back numerous drinks during breaks in taping their "Wheel of Fortune" show.

"Our dinner breaks would be 2½ hours long while they drove in new cars and boats and gazebos and stuff. So, at NBC in Burbank we had a place called Los Arcos across the street, and they served great margaritas.

"So, Vanna and I would go across and have two or three or six and then come and do the last shows and have trouble recognizing the alphabet."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw
Former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw is profiled in New York magazine. Among the questions he answered ...

Q: What’s your drink?

A: We have a Polish audio technician with whom I have worked all over the world for years. He makes a killer home-brew lemon vodka.

We have shared shots with Gorbachev, and toasted the fall of the Berlin Wall, the visit of Pope John Paul to Warsaw, the release of Nelson Mandela, and most of the historic events of the last 30 years.

I want to be buried with a milk bottle of Majik’s lemon vodka.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Olivia Munn

In GQ magazine photo.
The actress Olivia Munn, 31, has an unusual beverage that helps her get through physical workouts: tequila. She talked about it with Radar Online.

Q: What helps get you through a physical workout?

A: It seems weird, but I drink. I drink when I work out. I literally hate working out. My friends ask me if I want to go hiking up Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles and I'm like ... 'Why would you want to go outside? Why would you like to climb up a mountain?' I really do drink when I work out. I have to trick myself into thinking I'm doing something fun."

What does she drink most? Tequila.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig may be a star in his own right. but when he met the legendary Harrison Ford before they began filming "Cowboys & Aliens," he felt intimidated, as he revealed in an interview with Esquire magazine.

"You rarely get these opportunities to actually speak to people you admire. I think it's human nature to get a bit nervous around people like that, but certainly a coupe of large malt whiskies helped loosen my tongue.

"I was very open about how much he's influenced me. He's Harrison Ford, you know? He knows how to ride a horse, shoot a gun, build a house, fly a helicopter. But he's also very funny, very dry. Thank God. Could have gone either way, I suppose."

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Kyle MacLachlan

The actor Kyle MacLachlan has a growing sideline as co-owner of the Pursued By Bear winery in Washington State. In an interview with The New York Times, he spoke tongue-in-cheek about the vagaries of finding a profit in such a difficult, competitive field.

"I buy the barrels and (partner) Eric (Dunham) buys the grapes and pays for all the equipment, and then we split whatever profit there might be."

NYT: How big were the profits so far?

MacLachlan: "We were in the high four-figures last year -- almost $9,000 apiece."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jeneil Williams

As seen in Harper's Bazaar
• Jamaican model Jeneil Williams, who has been on dozens of magazine covers worldwide, was interviewed by the jamaica Observer. Among other things, she was asked ...

Q: What's your favorite drink?

A: A glass of perfectly chilled Pinot Grigio.

Q: What's been your most memorable experience since you've been working in the fashion industry?

A: Shooting with Karl Lagerfeld for the second time. It was really fun, it was like hanging out rather than working. It was for the Diet Coke campaign.

Q: What's your idea of the perfect date?

A: Simple lounging, going to the movies, and then to dinner with a nice glass of wine.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Barbara Marx Sinatra

Barbara and Frank
Frank Sinatra was known for his non-stop partying and legendary drinking bouts. However. some of that was a faced, according to his last wife, Barbara Marx Sinatra. This is excerpted from her new book, "Lady Blue Eyes: My Life With Frank Sinatra," published by Hutchinson.

"Those who drank and stayed up till the early hours -- Bill Holden, Robert Mitchum, John Wayne, Glenn Ford and Orson Welles -- were part of his in-crowd. Those who preferred a more staid lifestyle -- such as Tony Bennett, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and Henry Fonda -- were seldom invited, though Frank would often turn up at their places for breakfast at sunrise.

"When we went out, Frank almost always picked up the tab. He couldn't have cared less about money, and spent cash like a drunken sailor, giving $100 tips to busboys and waitresses.

"He was rarely drunk, and would order a Jack Daniel's on the rocks, take a sip or two, abandon it, then call the waiter to 'Bring another round.'

"He carried on like that all evening, completely in charge of his faculties while everyone else got smashed. Meanwhile, he was flirting with every female, but so discreetly that only the women noticed."

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld, 55, who in a controversial move recently quit as editor-in-chief of French Vogue, spoke about her roots and her drinking preferences during a wide-ranging interview with the Financial Times of London.

Q: What do you like to drink?

A: "What do you like to drink? Vodka? Me, I don’t have vodka at lunch. It will be around 8 p.m. when I go home that I will have a little shot. It’s my Russian roots."

Q: What about champagne?

A: "A problem at fashion parties” [so before she goes out she will have a shot of vodka to ensure she arrives in a good mood.]

[Go here for the full interview.]

Friday, April 22, 2011

Christa Miller

The cast of the TV series "Cougar Town" downs a LOT of wine in the course of its weekly comedy episodes. In an interview with the New York Post, co-star Christa Miller, who plays bitchy Ellie Torres, talks about the drinking aspects of the series.

Christa: "You can ... turn the show into a drinking game. There’s one every time we drink, you have to drink, which is insane in some episodes. It’s crazy. Someone said that every time Ellie gives a withering glare to someone, you should drink. Which I thought was funny. Then I thought I should maybe tone down the withering glare if that truly becomes part of the drinking game. I don't want to hurt anyone."

Post: "Can you safely say that 'Cougar Town' could out drink 'Mad Men?' "

Christa: I feel like we have to. I mean, Jules [the character played by Courtney Cox] is drinking out of a candle holder in Mexico because she didn’t bring Big Joe [her oversized wine glass]with her. One of them actually fits two entire bottles of wine. It’s ridiculous.

Post: Obviously you're not really drinking wine on the show, what is it?

Christa: Grape juice. But you have to sip it. You don’t want to get a scene where you’re drinking a lot. Ian [Gomez, who plays her husband, Andy] had a scene where he lost a bet and had to keep chugging glasses, take after take, and the sugar headache is worse than being drunk.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sir Anthony Hopkins

The iconic British actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, 73, is starring in the new film "The Rite." In an interview with CNN, he commented on his drinking history.

"I drank anything I could back in the old days. Whatever I couldn't eat, whatever I couldn't chew, I drank.

"Tequila was my hooch. That nearly undid me, drove me nuts, so I stopped. ... I just drink tonic water now or iced tea."

Phil Keoghan

Phil Keoghan, Emmy Award-winning host of the reality show "The Amazing Race," was interviewed for the January issue of Bon Appétit magazine about his food and wine interests.

"I have one glass of Pinot Noir every day. I have a note from my doctor to drink a glass of wine every day! I have the prescription framed at home. He said I have to focus on incorporating more olive oil and red wine into my diet to raise up my 'good' cholesterol, which was low.

"I'm not big on drinks and I don't drink much, but I absolutely love relaxing at home with food and a nice Pinot Noir."

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sofia Coppola

New York City-born Sofia Coppola, 39, daughter of iconic movie director Francis Ford Coppola and a very competent filmmaker in her own right, discussed her family's California winery during an interview with New York magazine's Grub Street staffers.

Q: Your father owns a vineyard. Do you ever take any interest in that at all?

A: In the vineyard?

Q: Yes, or in the wine-making process. Are you into that at all?

A: Yeah. My brother made a wine, and I don’t know as much about it as I feel like I should, but I’m going there for the holidays, and I love to be involved in it and visit and see what they’re making. I’m learning. ...

Q: Does anybody stomp on grapes there?

A: Not anymore, but there’s a bottle somewhere from when we first moved there. I was a little kid and stomped on some grapes, and they bottled it and called it Lafitte Sofia. So there’s a bottle somewhere from 1977 or something. [Laughs.] It’s probably in our cellar somewhere. But we don’t stomp on the grapes anymore. It’s more high tech.

Friday, December 3, 2010

KT Tunstall

Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall is a true child of Scotland. She even has a guitar made from an old Talisker whisky barrel. In an interview in the current issue of Whisky magazine, she commented on -- among many things -- her passion for whisky.

"Whisky for me is linked to the landscape, and I find there is a bit of escapism in whisky when I know where it's made and I've been to some of the places where it's made and I've learnt about how it's made.

"I really, really respect and appreciate the process and the unique aspects to different whiskies. And, I know how much passion goes into it. A lot of the time it's a natural process. Seeing these distilleries and these fantastic locations, there is something exceptionally romantic about it. It is the work of artisans."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lea Michele

Lea Michele, the pint-sized diva of "Glee" who has made herself the darling of NYC and other burgs around the globe, is on the current cover of the UK edition of Marie Claire and a bit unwrapped on inside pages. In an interview with E! Online, Michele addresses her attitude toward drinking, smoking and drugs.

"I don't smoke and I don't do drugs. This show would be a huge pressure on someone who wanted to rebel and who wants to party, but I don't have those needs or wants.

"These days I have one glass of wine and I'm completely gone. I've never been a 'Lets go out and have a Cosmopolitan' kind of girl. I don't even think I've ever tasted a Cosmopolitan before."

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Patricia Clarkson

• Oscar nominee ("Pieces of April") Patricia Clarkson recently completed filming "Cairo Time" in Egypt. In an interview with, she answered questions about food and drink there.

Q: Did you eat a lot of Middle Eastern food?

A: To some extent. I don't know if you've known anyone who has gone to Cairo, but it's kind of like Mexico -- you get sick. But I never got sick, so whenever I ate, I ate pretty much the same thing. There was nothing for them to shoot if I got sick, so I was religious about it. But I had some beautiful food and beautiful Egyptian wine.

Q: So you're telling me you never got food poisoning ... but you were tipsy on the set.

A: [Laughs] Yes, that's all I drank. No, at the end of the week when I didn't have to shoot the next day -- oh my, the beautiful wines and the sun setting over the Nile...

You've been described as having a whiskey voice.

A: I don't like whiskey at all, but I have always liked bourbon.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dan Aykroyd

• Canadian actor/entrepreneur Dan Aykroyd has been so busy of late pushing his Crystal Head brand vodka some people might forget his first foray into adult beverages was his line of Dan Aykroyd Wines. When he was told Canadian troops stationed in Afghanistan were allowed to have free beer but had to pay for wine for their two-drinks-a-month allotment, he quickly reacted by having hundreds of bottles of his wines shipped from Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd., located in Niagara-On-the-Lake, Ontario, to Afghanistan free. The Canadian Press asked for his comment on the move.

"I was on board the moment Diamond Estates mentioned their support of our troops with Dan Aykroyd Wines.

"This is a very proud moment for me as a Canadian and I hope these wines can inspire some light-hearted times during this difficult mission for our armed forces."

The wine donation will last for the duration of Canada's military commitment there, which will expire in 2012.

[Note: Aykroyd recently sold his one millionth bottle of vodka.]

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Christina Hendricks

• Christina Hendricks, a stunning member of the cast of TV's "Mad Men," has been named Esquire magazine's sexiest woman in the world. In the lengthy interview, she touches on many aspects of what she thinks about men. Here's just one.

What do real men drink?

We want you to order Scotch. It's the most impressive drink order. It's classic. It's sexy. Such a rich color. The glass, the smell. It's not watered down with fruit juice. It's Scotch. And you ordered it.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Michael Bublé

The singer Michael Bublé is known for his exhausting tour schedule that would test the endurance of anyone. During an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman," the host asked him how he handles such a hectic schedule.

"I used to finish after the show and I enjoyed a nice glass of scotch, a couple glasses of scotch and a ciggy ... but it killed me, I couldn't stay healthy. ...

"You have to be an athlete. You have to actually stay physically and mentally healthy."

Sean Combs

The music/clothing/vodka/video/whatever entrepreneur was quoted in the New York Post when discussing Ciroc vodka, the spirit for which he is the official spokesman:

"If you're not drinking Ciroc vodka, then you're drinking pee-pee."

This from a guy who used to call himself P. Diddy.

Claudia Schiffer

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer, 39, and her husband, the director Matthew Vaughn, are expecting a baby girl in May. They have two children, Clementine, 5, and Caspar, 7. Claudia discussed her pre-natal nutrition with the UK's Daily Mirror newspaper.

"I'd love a beer. That's all I've been craving.

"I didn't even like it before I was pregnant. Alcohol's bad for you when you're pregnant, but I just want beer."

Monday, November 30, 2009

Jim Murray

Jim Murray, author of the United Kingdom's renowned Whisky Bible, ruffled a lot of feathers with some comments he made while releasing the 2010 edition of his guide, the top-selling such publication in the UK. His top pick was Sazerac 18 Year Old, a Kentucky rye.

"There is still a sneering attitude in some quarters that, if it is not made in Scotland, then somehow it is not proper whisky.

"I don't think the Scots have a lot to be complacent about at the moment in terms of whisky. While the best is still exceptional, there is a lot of Scotch whisky out there which is really not good at all."

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga (a/k/a Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta), 23, is arguably the hottest dance music star in show biz today. The irrepressible, gaudily-attired American singer (her latest album is "The Fame Monster") didn't get that way by wasting her time doing the club scene, as she noted in an MTV interview.

"I don't go to nightclubs. You don't see pictures of me falling out of a club drunk.

"I don't go -- and that's because I usually go and then, you know, a whiskey-and-a-half into it, I got to get back to work.

"Because I love my work so much, I find it really hard to go out and have a good time."

Monday, November 2, 2009

Kate Hudson

• Like her mom, the actress Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson has never been on the chubby side. Quite the opposite, as discussed in an interview with the actress in the current issue of Elle magazine. She dropped to about 105 pounds for a movie role as a terminally ill woman.

"I love my glass of wine. I love tequila.

"To be in New York for two weeks and not have one beverage! I'm not sure I've ever done that.

"I'm not, like, 110 pounds, but I'm probably heading towards that."

Monday, October 26, 2009

George Wendt

Actor George Wendt, who gained TV fame as Norm the beer drinker on the sit-com "Cheers," has a new book out called “Drinking with George: A Barstool Professional’s Guide to Beer." He's been making the rounds of TV and radio talk shows as well as print outlets. Here's one of his stock quips.

“Beer has been very good to me.

“I wanted to give something back, so this is for the children. You don’t want them to learn how to shotgun from their peers. You want them to learn it from a responsible adult in a book.”

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

James Bond / Sean Connery

Author Ian Fleming's fictitious spy James Bond has uttered many a lasting quote in print and on film. Here's one from the film version of "Goldfinger," as spoken by Sean Connery.

"My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done, such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

"That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!"

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Matt Damon

Matt Damon packed on more than 30 pounds for his latest movie role, in "The Informant." How did he do it? asked OK Magazine.

"I think people have a natural range of weight that they’re in, and I probably went outside mine so it was probably easier to lose the weight

"The gaining weight was alarmingly easy. That was just drinking beer and eating pizza.”

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ricky Gervais

British actor/comedian/producer Ricky Gervais ("The Office," "Extras") was interviewed by Bon Appétit magazine about alcohol, food and other things in his life.

Q: Any favorite indulgences?

A: Here's the bottom line. Cheese, wine and Champagne are amazing. Salt and chocolate are amazing. It's not rocket science. We're mammals -- we like fat, salt and alcohol. Mammals love alcohol.

You know, drunkenness occurs the same in animals as in adults, from mammals down to insects. Antelopes eat fermented apples and go down to the watering hole the next day and they're hung over.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Dmitri Medvedev

It has been nearly a quarter-century since the Russian government's last major effort to slow the population's legendary and self-destructive consumption of alcohol. Now, President Dmitri Medvedev is taking up the crusade. His comments were reported in Time magazine.

At a government meeting earlier this month, President Medvedev said alcoholism has become a "national calamity," with every man, woman and child consuming the equivalent of 4.8 gallons of pure rubbing alcohol per year, according to the National Institute of Health.

"Imagine how many bottles of vodka that comes to," he said. "It takes your breath away."

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Oscar Goodman

Oscar Goodman, who styles himself "the happiest mayor in the world," is the bombastic mayor of Las Vegas, frequently seen out promoting his city and its wonders. He just celebrated his 70th birthday with his favorite drink at Gold Diggers bar in the Golden Nugget casino.

Q: What is the recipe for the "Good-man Martini," the official drink of Las Vegas?

A: Two parts chilled Bombay Sapphire Gin, one part chilled Bombay Sapphire Gin, a quick glance over at the dry vermouth and two stuffed blue cheese olives -— preferably on the side, so as not to take up too much space in the glass.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Emma Shulman

Emma Shulman, 96, is a world-famous gerontologist at the NYU Langone Medical Center. From 1981 to 2005 she was a senior social worker and research associate at the Center for Excellence on Brain Aging and Dementia. She did some of the first research on how to care for Alzheimer’s patients and lectures widely on memory retention. She was interviewed by the New York Times, and this subject came up.

Q: What are your vices?

A: I smoked. Seventy-something years. I just quit three months ago. Cold turkey. I quit because I got a bronchial infection.

I like red wine, a glass with dinner.

And, I used to drink Scotch. I was a Scotch maniac.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Henry Allingham

England's Henry Allingham, 113, became the world's oldest man, according to the Guinness World Records folks, on June 19. The World War I veteran lives in the St. Dunstan's care home for blind ex–service personnel in Ovingdea, England, near the resort city of Brighton. He is the last surving founding member of the Royal Air Force. The oldest person in the world is Gertrude Baines, 115, of the U.S., according to Guinness.

Q: Several years ago, a reporter asked Allingham to what he attributed his great age.

Cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women.

His spokesman, Dennis Goodwin, said: "It's staggering. Henry is philosophical. He will take it in his stride, like he does everything else. ... He's getting a little bit frail now; his taste is non-existent so he can't enjoy eating or drinking. He doesn't have as much strength as before, but he is still willing. He still wants to go out."

[Note: Henry Allingham died July 18, 2009.]

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Danny Wegman

Danny Wegman, 62, is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and head of the Wegmans supermarket chain, which owns 72 stores in five states as well as an emerging restaurant concept connected with some of the market sites. Wegmans will open three stores this year -- two in Virginia and one in Pennsylvania -- and has plans for new locations in Maryland and Massachusetts as well. He was interviewed by his hometown Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Q: What's your take on the issue of wine in supermarkets? Why didn't it get approved in New York State this year?

A: Well, when seven out of 10 people want something and it doesn't go through ... there are obviously some special interests in there somewhere.

The whole wine and liquor industry is a very strange subset of America that plays by totally different rules. Competition is synonymous with every other part of America except for wine and liquor.

We happen to think that wine is part of food, so we'll probably keep working to try and see if we can't make that happen.

[Go here for the full interview with Wegman and his daughter, Colleen, the company president.