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Three years ago, vodka reigned supreme and its future seemed bright. How matters have apparently changed in a short time. From 2010 to 2011, the vodka category grew by volume about 6%, selling about 65.8 million cases and making it the most consumed spirit in the U.S. During that same time period, the growth of some other spirits included: rum rose 1.3% (25.8 million cases), tequila rose 3.
What do you mean there's no California Chardonnay on the wine list? Must a restaurant wine list cater to all tastes, or can it specialize, ignoring some very popular choices? Is such specialization a good thing, or does it spite customers who want something different? How much choice should there be on a restaurant wine list? Consider Taberna de Haro, an excellent Spanish restaurant in Brookli.
Consider some of the most popular seafood dishes from all around the world, such as Ceviche from Peru, Shrimp Tempura from Japan and Fish & Chips from Britain. You probably wouldn't suspect that they actually had a common origin, in a 1500 year-old Persian meat stew. As I mentioned recently, I've been immersed in a fascinating new book, The Language of Food: A Linguist Re ...
When you go to the local butcher shop, and buy a steak, you'll most likely get exactly what you want. If you want beef, you''ll get it. The store wouldn't confuse the issue and mislabel pork or venison as beef. They wouldn't do it with poultry either, so if you want chicken, you'll get it and not duck or quail instead. However, when it comes to seafood, the issue is far from clear cut.
I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting wine and food items that are upcoming. ********************************************************** 1) Horse-drawn coaches carrying travelers from Hartford to Albany in the mid-1700s often paused at an inn on the town green here for a whiskey and a good night�s sleep.
"There is Sherry, and there are all other wines." --Rupert Croft-Cooke Back in June, I Ranted that people should Stop Neglecting Sherry, asking that they take a chance and explore the wonders and diversity of Sherry. I've written over thirty articles on Sherry, some of those posts based on my visit to the Sherry region of Spain.
“I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.” --Humphrey Bogart Scotch Whiskey has a rich history and an excellent reputation, often seen as the benchmark for whiskey all around the world. Japanese whiskey has become major competition to Scotch, but Scotch will always remain a classic, one valued by many whiskey lovers.
When discussions of seafood sustainability arise, they most often revolve around protection of seafood species as well as their environment. There might be talk of endangered fish populations, such as cod in the Gulf of Maine, or destruction of the sea bed from trawling. However, sustainability discussions have been expanding, and social issues have begun taking on more and m ...
"Port is the oil of good conversation." --Adrian Bridge When was the last time you enjoyed a glass of Port? Port, which is also known as Vinho do Porto, Porto and Vinho Generoso, is basically a fortified wine produced in the Douro region of Portugal. It is a wine of diversity, depth, and deliciousness, one which many Americans don't properly appreciate. Port consumption in the U.S.
As the holiday season nears, food and wine blogs are ramping up to spread holiday cheer. You'll read epic tales of sumptuous feasts, accompanied by expensive and rare bottles of wine. You'll read plenty of holiday recipes, describing how to prepare some of the most decadent dishes. You'll read of pricey gifts received, from costly electronics to tropical vacations.
Whiskey. Whisky. Uisge Beatha. Water of Life. Whiskey is basically a distilled alcohol made from fermented grains, and generally aged in wooden barrrels. It is produced all over the world, from Scotland to Japan, from the U.S. to India, from France to Taiwan. There are a number of different varieties from blended whiskey to single malt, bourbon to rye whiskey.
Wooden barrels have been used for at least 2000 years, initially for transportation, and eventually for the maturation of wine and spirits However, it is fascinating that the processes of barrel maturation are still not fully understood, and experimentation to better comprehend matters is ongoing.
There are around 480 craft distilleries across the country,with at least one in every state, and New England has their share of craft distilleries. At Thirst Boston,they held a New England Craft Showcase, which presented the products of 12 local distilleries and 1 cidery, from five of the six New England states, excluding only New Hampshire.
“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” --Ernest Hemingway As I mentioned previously, on Saturday and Sunday, Thirst Boston held two Sponsored Bars on each day, running from 9am-6pm. Essentially, you could taste some spirits neat or in one of a few different cocktails. And you weren't limited to a single taste.
"It doesn't get any more American than Rye." --Dave Pickerell In 1964, Congress passed a resolution, stating bourbon was a "distinctive product of the U.S." granting the term legal protection. This is akin to the protection granted to wine terms like Champagne, Sherry and Port. Thus, bourbon can only be legally produced in the U.S.
I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting wine and food items that are upcoming. ********************************************************** 1) Want to experience a taste of one of the North Shore’s newest restaurants without having to leave the city? Don’t miss Chef Christopher Jackson’s Chef’s Studio at Tavern Road.
The Paul & Sean spirits team is back! Earlier today, I posted about Paul Pacult and Sean Ludford's first seminar, Rum For All, at Thirst Boston, I also attended their second seminar, America’s Incredible Whiskey Innovators: Why, How and Which U.S. Distillers Are at the Cutting-Edge. For this seminar, Paul and Sean led us through a tasting of 8 whiskies, providing us a gli ...
Saturday morning at 10am. Ten glasses of rum were on the table before me. Just par for the course at the first seminar of Thirst Boston, the annual drinks conference in Boston. The seminar was All For Rum & RUM FOR ALL! Why To Perceive Rum as You Do Scotch, Cognac, Bourbon, and was led by F. Paul Pacult and Sean Ludford, co-directors of Rum For All, an independent advocac ...
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