Behind the Runaway Princess

We sat down with Adam Robinson of Portland’s Deadshot to chat about his work, vermouth, Portland’s drinking culture, and his drink for April’s Vermouth: Never Uncouth Box, the Runaway Princess! S&S: Have you spent time at the Oregon vineyards of Willamette Valley? AR: Yes, I have—over the last decade of living in Oregon, I have…

Brandy, She’s So Fine

You know how finding stuff is sort of the best? Like your lucky socks that you were sure had been eaten by the dryer, or that box of your favorite cookies that you stashed at the back of your pantry? Well, brandy was a similarly fun find! Over 700 years ago, merchants transporting wine started…

Champs and Pop Stars

You may recall a recent post about the history behind the toasting tradition, where I said I’d eventually get around to explaining why we typically toast with bubbles. I’m a woman of my word, so feel free to raise your glass in my honor as you keep reading.   The basic background is actually quite…