A Liquid RUSH with Hall of Fame Inductee Alex Lifeson

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame became a credible institution today as it finally — finally! — announced its intention to induct legendary rockers RUSH.  A high raise of the chalice to these fine Canadian musicians for trailblazing their unique path to success without ever having to compromise their artistic vision and integrity.  And as their new album, A Clockwork Angels, demonstrates, they are rocking harder, looser, and funkier than ever before.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In hopeful anticipation of the overdue Rock Hall honor, I launched this Drink Bravely video with guitar virtuoso and wine collector Alex Lifeson two days ago.  The video has already garnered thousands of views, and as you’ll see, his fascinating home cellar includes everything from Côte-Rôtie from France’s Rhone Valley to Madeira from Portugal to Australian Shiraz to Swedish Aquavit, all of which, you might note, would make an excellent holiday gift for the wine lover (and Rush fan) in your life.  So catch the mystery, catch the drift: Liquid Rush: Digging Into Alex Lifeson’s Wine Cellar.

Champagne tips: Forget the Flute, Swirl Bravely

With the holiday season upon us, Mark Oldman sits down for some Champagne tips with Dom Pérignon chief winemaker Richard Geoffrey to undercover two ways of drinking bravely with bubbly. According to Geoffrey, it is perfectly acceptable to drink Champagne and other sparklers from a regular wine glass (i.e., not always a flute-shaped glass) and to swirl it (gently) as you would non-bubbly wine to better appreciate its aromas.

champagne tips
The magical, roving Ruinart cart at Art Basel Miami 2010
Mark introduces the segment from Art Basel Miami 2010, where Champagne Ruinart had rolling Champagne carts circulating throughout the aisles of the show — an ingenious take on room service for the art set.
Click here to watch the video.