John McCaslin

Yet ever since the Wall Street Journal launched its weekend edition in 2005, one of the most popular features has been Mr. Felten's cocktail column "How's Your Drink?" which earned the columnist the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Newspaper Writing on Wine, Spirits or Beer, presented earlier this year.

Covering everything from cocktail lore to the culture today, the book goes by the same title, which was made popular by Frank Sinatra when he entertained guests in his home: "How's Your Drink? Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well."

Gipper's pick

For the past year or so, Inside the Beltway has recalled the favorite films of past presidents, as revealed by the National Archives.

Now, just in time for Christmas, comes the final installment of the Presidential Film Favorites series — a special screening of the classic film "It's a Wonderful Life," in which George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) discovers through his guardian angel how dismal life in his hometown would have been had he not been born.

To be shown in the William G. McGowan Theater at noon on Dec. 15, it was the favorite film of Ronald Reagan.

Plame game

Cost of a ticket to an intimate (18 guests) three-course dinner and wine at restaurant Zola in Washington with ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame: $350.

So reads our invitation to next Wednesday evening's affair, hosted by the Spy Museum, and inviting participants to "hear the inside story of Plamegate" from the CIA clandestine service veteran.

Mrs. Plame recently authored the book: "Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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