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Quinn + Tonik Vol. 7

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 7

 

the billionaire's vinegar

 

Tall tales are often enhanced by scalawags and skullduggery. Especially when they involve hoodwinking the greedy in a con as big as "The Sting". Add the fact that the con only became of any interest at about the same time that the prices of wines from Bordeaux had elevated themselves to ridiculous heights and the stage was set for a well spun tale and a web of deceit that would net fortunes for a few rather talented wizards. 

We all know a few wine nuts...but do we know anyone mad enough, and wealthy enough, to spend $156,000 on a bottle of 250 year old wine of uncertain provenance...and if we did, would they really expect it to be the real deal? Or even care?

Thomas Jefferson was the US Ambassador to France for a period in the 18th century. Aside from having him to thank for the now circumvented anti-corruption rules set in place to prevent politicians from being bought with gifts or favors, we can also thank him for this wondrous story. Did he collect wines while he was in France? If so, what did he collect? Was it even in bottles and with markings that would be recognized today as from the Grand Crus of Bordeaux? Did he ship any of it anywhere? Or squirrel it away? Remember, the powers that be had only declared the Grand Cru rankings in 1855, not long before. So would he have even known his Haut-Brion and Margaux from village plonk? This, and other mysteries, unravel as we learn about a hidden trove of treasure discovered bricked up in a Paris basement. Grand Crus from 1787 no less. And from the private collection of Thomas Jefferson at that. Or were they?

Pick it up, pop the cork of the finest claret you can get your hands on, and have a read.

 

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château palmer features yours truly

"I have particularly fond memories of a Château Palmer 1983 with a dear schoolfriend at Delmonico's in Las Vegas, and a 1961, with Ferdinand Mähler-Besse in Paris. Sublime. As Sir Winston Churchill said, 'I am a man of simple taste: Easily satisfied by the best.'"

Click to Read Chateau Palmer's Spotlight on DQ

HAVE A READ

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an outfit to match

 

The DQ Bond White Tuxedo

 

 

Velvet Bowtie

$225

Brass Cufflinks

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Magnum Pocketsquare

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The Perfect Dinner Shirt

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Velvet Slippers

$475

Ready to Wear Tuxedo

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you shan't only drink wine

 

 

 

Vesper Lynd. A woman enticing enough to not only get into James Bond’s bed, but also the only one to capture (and break) his heart. Vesper was born on a “dark and stormy” evening, and to commemorate that night, her parents named her after the Latin word for evening. And the perfect drink for an elegant evening is the one named after her, a Vesper Martini.
Ms. Lynd was such an exceptional woman, that even Bond, in his usual tuxedo, was not dapper enough to escort her to the casino. As she noted, “there are dinner jackets, and there are dinner jackets” and presented him with a perfectly tailored, grosgrain, one-button, peak-lapelled (the only lapel allowed at the Tuxedo Club) tuxedo, making sure that he was a cut above and stood out from the other well-heeled men in Montenegro’s Casino Royale. It should also be noted that Bond went sans cummerbund, which gives a clean and modern look to the tux, before she would allow him to escort her to the poker table.
On those evenings when you want to elevate yourself from the other guys—as if your perfectly tailored tuxedo was not enough - steal a page from Bond, and pair yourself with a Vesper.

the vesper 

2.5 oz. gin (Plymouth Navy Strength is preferable)
.75 oz vodka (your favorite premium brand)
.5 oz Lillet Blanc (Note: the original recipe called for Kina Lillet, which no longer exists, so you can add a dash of Angostura bitters to replicate the quinine flavor notes, but I find the drink is just fine without it, or, in a pinch, try Cocchi Americano)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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