Wined Down: Manning Up To The Best Spirit For Wine Lovers

Vinted on May 23, 2012 binned in going pro

I often get asked if/when/how will start incorporating spirits and/or beer. For those of you who’ve asked me about that, or have thought about asking me about that, I give you the first two paragraphs of my latest Wined Down entry:

“Question: What would Chuck Norris pour himself a glass of when he wants to relax before retiring for the evening (or before he retires the sun so that he can go to bed)? After a busy day of freeing innocent villagers from a remote drug gang’s Nicaraguan jungle prison camp, when he’s done killing every bad guy in an eight-mile radius with a machine gun, machete and decapitating roundhouse kicks to the face, I mean?

I think I might have found the answer.”

The answer to the Chuck Norris-imbibing question is the current darling of the cocktail scene, a liqueur so aromatically complex that I’m fairly certain it will appeal to a great many wine lovers out there: Chartreuse. Specifically, the ultra bad-ass VEP versions. So those who were wondering when I would ever get around to spirits can now, officially, stop the wondering.

In last week’s Wined Down column, I wax philosophical about this venerable beverage, in the process touching on the topics of tattoos, monks, Charles de Gaulle, Game of Thrones (minus the chainmail), landslides, political intrigue, and Chick Norris. Just another day at the office.

You can check out the entire dilly-yo over at






  • Courtney

    y’know, Bern’s Steak House has a beautiful little collection of aged chartreuse! you should come down to tampa for some research into the subject, i’ll show you around ;D

    • 1WineDude

      Courtney – Sounds like a GREAT reason to visit to me!

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