Temporary Wine Bar to Inhabit Proof

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Proof calls it a “pop-up wine bar.” Less trendy drinkers might call it a visit from a sales rep. Either way, starting next week, the King Street bar is offering downsized samples of wine on Tuesday afternoons – and plans to keep pouring until the vino’s gone.

Unlike most pop-ups, the wine program won’t completely take over the venue: Proof’s standard cocktail menu will still be available.

According to organizer Kevin Kelley, who represents two wine distributors, 30 wines will be served in three-ounce and five-ounce portions from 4 p.m. onward; patrons can also purchase the featured wines by the bottle. Continue reading

Dissecting the Difference Between Corn Vodka and Unaged Whiskey

spvodkaCharleston’s Striped Pig Distillery, which this week released its first batch of spirits, recently dropped off a sample bottle of its Striped Vodka. If you’re wondering how the liquor tastes, imagine a rowdy Saturday night followed by a Sunday family dinner which ends with you face down in a bowl of creamed corn.

The vodka comes by its alcoholic sting and corny sweetness naturally: It’s distilled from Bowman, S.C. corn. The mash bill led an editor here to wonder about the difference between vodka and white whiskey, which is equally clear in color and also made from corn. Since I couldn’t adequately explain, I put the question to distilling expert Matthew Rowley, author of Moonshine!

“The difference between vodka and white whiskey boils down to three things: ingredients, oak, and proof,” Rowley says. Continue reading