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I’ve worked in the beverage biz and other related fields (restaurants, journalism) for over forty years, now, and there is very little that I (as an off-center and endlessly curious type) haven’t tried in the way of figuring out what people want to drink/eat and why they want it.
Earlier this year, Kathy and I attended a tasting of wines from La Mancha. Prior to the tasting for the media and trade, we attended a seminar about these wines from Spain. We were hoping to travel to Spain one day and experience the vineyards, wineries, food and wines. We were excited when we were selected to be a part of the media group covering the 50 Great Cavas Tour.
SIPS: Samuel Adams Octoberfest: The OctoPop It’s fashionable, these days, to knock Samuel Adams. Most people know only their very narrow range of core beers that they encounter in the supermarket and never suspect that that huge mega-microbrewery in Boston is one of the most avidly and actively experimental breweries in the US.
Benjamin Bridge, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia No one gets us like we get ourselves. Not so long ago that statement still held more water than the combined towers in all of Canada’s small towns. Here’s another grandiloquent statement. Exceptional wine is made in British Columbia and in Ontario.
It’s the top of the month and that means it’s time to look back at the best of the best that we’ve reviewed this week. We’re still enjoying a healthy onslaught of bourbons and whiskies thanks to the special/limited edition release season that’s now in full swing, but we also had a very special tequila, Casa Noble Anejo, which received the rare and coveted “A+” rating.
Alphonse Dotson & Martha Cervantes & their Something Red Dotson~Cervantes Something Red: And, Definitely Worth the Wait We met in Mason on a Saturday in September not really knowing much more than what Alphonse Dotson told me over the phone earlier in the week. He said, “Russ, my brother, I’ve got something for you to taste.
Playing hooky from work every once in a while is fun isn't it? We did just that on Monday celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary. I said to my husband isn't 13 supposed to be bad luck? Nonsense he said...let's get out of here and celebrate! So off we went.. we originally wanted to lunch at High Hand Nursery...but upon arrival we found a wedding taking place and High Hand was closed.
Amy and Kyle Johnson own and operate Terra Vinum, the parent company for their Purple Star and Native Sun brands. They will produce both wines at their new facility in Benton City, Wash. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) BENTON CITY, Wash. — Soft-spoken Kyle Johnson, one of Washington state’s most talented winemakers, is no longer a vagabond vintner.
Tasting Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet with Alder Yarrow As part of the VH1 Storytellers series, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson record an acoustic album together. For classic country fans, like myself, it’s a beautiful moment bringing two of the greats together. In the liner notes Cash explains how sitting side-by-side with Nelson on stage, Cash couldn’t help but envy Nelson’s picking ability.
So you may have noticed that we have been sending some e-mails out on Wednesdays. We have a pretty solid 3 email a week thing going with two mid end and one high end wine on Friday but we have been sneaking in a new offer, what we call internally "Lyle Wine Wednesday.
Meritage time! Let’s start with the answer to the wine quiz #116: Harvest Time. This quiz was dedicated to harvests and vintages, and as usual, contained 5 different questions. Here are the questions, now with the answers: Q1: Which one is missing: 1928, 1945, …, 1959, 1961, 1982 A1: 1947. The years above represent some of the best vintages in Bordeaux.
I’ve lost my Wojo. What’s Wojo you ask? It’s a word I just this moment made up, it’s my wine mojo. I still love wine, hell I’m pretty sure the red stuff that runs through my veins is mostly blood but I’m sure there’s a good amount of wine in there too. But I’ve lost my creative vision for this blog and where I want to go with it now after 5 years. I started Wine Chicks Guide in August of 2009.
A Tuscan red blend sourced from some of the best estates in Tuscany, without the hefty price tag. It was a fantastic accompaniment to chile relleno and rustic polenta with kale and portabellos. Winery: Founded in 2009, La Maialina is the brainchild of noted oenologist Attilio Pagli.
Summer’s Come and Gone By contributing writer Sean, aka “the hubby” I always feel a bit sad after Labor Day. The BBQ “season” and nice weather begin to wane. Leaves start to turn colors, fall cleaning and winterizing occurs, and thus the summer and barbecue season “officially” comes to an end.
Back in June, the Goddess of Wine and JD were invited to attend an intimate tasting of the Wines of Naoussa at the lovely Faith and Flower restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. From the invitation: Wines of Naoussa presents 13 wineries pouring their Xinomavro wines. Xinomavro is the main and noblest indigenous red grape varietal of northern Greece.
Enjoy the flavors of fall with the hand-crafted Equinox at Hot & Cold Coffee Bar ! Jordan is dedicated to making a great coffee drink and is showcasing his newest coffee creation with the handmade Sweet Potato Marshmallow floating on top of rich and nutty espresso and then torched which brings out the spices and aromas from this handmade treat! It is actually his secret concoction of sweet po.
So it was Monday evening in Barcelona. Fiona, Trevor, Treve and I headed down from the hotel to the Plaça Catalunya, and from here down the tourist-infested but still very attractive La Rambla. Then, up a graffiti-encrusted street right just after the opera house we came to Cañete Barra, which had been recommended to us. It was everything you’d want from a high-end tapas bar.