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Drink This Weekend Edition: Make it a flight night

February 8th 04:02pm, 2013

Just as a tasting menu gives a diner a glimpse into what’s stoking the creativity of the kitchen crew, flights – a series of small pours of beer, wine or spirits – can be one of the best ways for a drinker to get a sense of what’s stirring the excitement of the bar team. Some watering holes let you design your own flight, but when you opt for a themed flight, you might learn a thing or two about your drink of choice as you compare, say, multiple expressions of a single grape varietal, production styles or stages in aging. Right now, two places in town are offering flights which might just pique the palate of the most adventurous drinker.

Each month at Olio, a wine bar in the Botanical Heights neighborhood, its wine whizzes design different wine flights. February flights, priced between $13 and $22, include: Checkpoint Charlie: From Behind the Iron Curtain (pictured left); Patience Rewards; and Historic Series Madeira (pictured right). Checkpoint Charlie is the entry point to white wines of the former Eastern Bloc. Among the trio of 2-ounce pours is a dry wine made from furmint, the dominant grape varietal in the Tokaji wine region of Hungary; a Romanian chardonnay, and a golden-hued rebula by boutique Slovenian winery Edi Simcic. Patience Rewards celebrates a threesome of patiently cellared red wines that are now in their prime from France, Spain and Italy. Finally, the Madeira flight, which Olio’s assistant beverage director Brandon Kerne calls “the most awesome” among this month’s flights, includes four 1-ounce pours featuring each of the four noble grapes of Madeira (Sercial, Verdelho, Bual and Malmsey).

At Square One Brewery and Distillery, bar manager Tim Kosuge is offering whiskey and rum flights. Each flight, priced at $9, includes one ¾-ounce of a Square One base spirit plus three other ¾-ounce pours of house-infused versions of the spirit. For example, the rum flight features Island Time Amber Rum, plus Island Time infused with coffee beans, another pour infused with cacao nibs and a third flavored with house-made falernum. Another flight, the infused whiskey flight, begins with Square One’s flagship JJ Neukomm. The infusions include Vermont Night (sweetened with Vermont maple syrup); a sassafras-infused version; and a bacon fat washed whiskey. When spring arrives, Kosuge plans to switch to a gin flight, using the distillery’s Spirits of St. Louis gin to debut the likes of an Earl Grey-orange zest flavor of gin and an herbaceous cucumber infusion.

No plans this evening? Take a flight.

— photo by Michelle Volansky

By Ligaya Figueras

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