Wine Tidbits: Coke, Green Fairies and Travel

The infamous Absinthe now appearing at a liquor store near you:
The green fairy came for a visit and I have to say I enjoyed her company. If you haven’t tried the real deal, go out and get yourself a bottle. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how smooth the anise flavored libation goes down.

Forget mulled wine, pass the Coke!
Austria is known for their premium après-ski establishments. Now Salzburg police report it’s the norm to not only get drinks but also cocaine right at the bars of the ski establishments. According to Salzburg police, “This Christmas has been whiter than usual with the wrong kind of snow“. The kicker? Even ski instructors and bartenders are turning into part-time drug-dealers at the peak of the season. Boy, things have certainly changed since my last visit! []

Trade in your frequent flyer miles for wine bargains:
No need to trade in your unused frequent flyer miles for cheesy gifts or magazines – Alaska Airlines is offering wine discounts and free shipping by redeeming 2,750 miles. Now can anyone tell me if they’ve tried any of these wines from their sampler pack?


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


  1. Alex December 29, 2008 at 7:28 AM - Reply

    “…The infamous Absinthe now appearing at a liquor store near you…”

    Why infamous? Absinthe is a fine beverage, the only thing infamous about the Absinthe is the bad press.

  2. Laurie December 29, 2008 at 10:42 AM - Reply

    I had my first taste of Absinthe recently too. I like the anise flavors – it kind of reminds me of a grown up sambuca!

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