Would you prefer a glass of wine? Or a cocktail? The line is blurring between the two.
It's not unusual to see distillers using wine barrels to age or finish their spirits: Plenty of whiskeys spend time in sherry casks, for example.
Now Distillery No. 209 in San Francisco is using an odder pairing, letting its gin age in sauvignon blanc or cabernet sauvignon casks. (As we've previously reported aged gins are getting trendier.)
"It just seemed like a good idea at the time," chief executive Joe Fairchild told CNBC on Wednesday at the Tales of the Cocktail festival's "Bring Your Own Barrel" event. The distiller had access to wine barrels from Napa's Rudd Winery, which owns the company, and decided to experiment.