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Published: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:50:08 -0500


5 Common Mistakes People Make When Ordering Craft Beer

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:20:15 -0500

The world of craft beer is a new and exciting one, with new micro-breweries opening each day across the country. The art of these local, homemade-esque brews is that creativity is key and invention is next. In other words, large corporations have their place in the alcohol market, but local places are starting to take root and a whole new culture of beer is cropping up. If you are new to the scene, worry not, as there really are no hard and fast rules. There are, however, a few guidelines to help you feel more comfortable when ordering your first craft beer. Take a look at the following mistakes to avoid:

Mezcal De Pechuga From Oaxaca, Mexico: Historical Account of the Agave Distillate

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:19:29 -0500

One of the most unusual beverages produced in Mexico is mezcal de pechuga, most commonly distilled in the southern state of Oaxaca. Where, when and why a Mexican first experimented with creating a spirit using raw chicken or turkey breast is open to speculation. But this account takes its "invention" to the 1930s, and provides names, context and other details for a compelling account to the earliest formulation of the agave based Mexican spirit.

Is Wine Good For You?

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:58:22 -0500

You should not binge on wine. In other words, if you take one or two units of wine on a daily basis, it may give some benefits for your cardiac health. Some people say that red wine is more beneficial than other types of wines. However, this is a controversial topic. Let's look at some facts and find out if wine is good for you.

Smart Drinking - Forget the Hangover

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:07:56 -0500

The best way to prevent a drink smart, prevent a hangover and be safe. I am all for reckless partying but why should you suffer in the morning?

Buy Your Wine Direct From the Winery

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:28:24 -0500

Direct to consumer sales of wines are absolutely an unqualified success and it isn't for inexpensive wines either. Average prices paid for DtC purchases can easily be $80 per bottle and consumers can find $200 per bottle of high-end wines. Depending on amount of wine purchased from the winery, some shipping costs can be waived.

Difference About Wine & Brewing Beer

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:51:44 -0500

Brewing has been around for many enormous quantities of years, with the earliest archaeological evidence showing that alcoholic drinks had been made in historical Egypt. The process entails the fermentation of the sugars contained in vegetable products. Even though the fundamental idea in all alcohol making is equivalent, the processing of beers and wines could be very special, leading to precise drinks.

Fun With a Wine & Cheese Party

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 07:32:50 -0600

Another fun idea for a party that's simple and easy is wine and cheese. Think of it as a dinner party with relatively easy prep and clean up.

Education and Artisanal Mezcal Production in Oaxaca, Mexico

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:22:27 -0600

Recently a new trend has begun to emerge in artisanal mezcal production in Oaxaca, the southern Mexico state where most of the spirit is distilled. The makers, known as palenqueros, are now investing their disposable income in educating their children; often the first generation in families dating back centuries, to send their children to university. But these graduates, be it in law, engineering, business administration, linguistics, or otherwise, are not simply obtaining their degrees and leaving home, but rather they are at least initially using their knowledge to help their families advance their economic lot in the artisanal mezcal industry.

An Option to Pressure Sensitive Labels For Small Craft Beer and Wine Producers

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:10:48 -0600

There is a great alternative to traditional labels for small runs of wine and craft beers. With craft beers it is expensive to print directly on a supply of cans--especially when the immediate need is for small quantities of custom images on cans or paper labels on bottles. Look at shrink sleeve labels for a cost effective professional image.

Bottle Service - What's the Story?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:08:48 -0600

If You Want to Get Noticed, Get Table Reservation If you want the ultimate VIP experience at the best nightclubs in the country, go for bottle service.Many nightclubs have developed into epic parties with the presence of celebrities, world famous DJs and live concert-like presentations. It is obvious how these draw massive crowds, and most of the time, jam-packed nightclubs.

Forward Looking - Trends in the Craft Beer Industry

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:11:08 -0600

Often I wonder if the craft beer sector is a passing fancy. Craft catergoy has been around now for a couple of decades and probably became most famous the Sam Adams. Of course home brewing was been around for a very long time. Within craft beer there are several renderings of the definition-Macro Breweries, Micro Breweries, Nano Breweries, Brewpubs, and Home Brewers; all categories are defined by the volume of their production. The industry may consolidate, but it is with us for the foreseeable future. Craft beer is a trend for sure.

A Wine Bar And Restaurant Share The Basic Wine Characteristics You Must Know

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:53:03 -0600

Wine characteristics will help identify as well as relate different wines to each other. These will include the level of dryness, body, fruit, tannin and acidity.

Drink Special Apps - Do They Work?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:35:18 -0600

Bars and restaurants need a better way to get the word out about drink specials and happy hours. Facebook pages are not effective enough, but that's what most are using right now.

There Are a Lot of Ways to Get a Wine to Market and It Doesn't Involve Making the Wine

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:03:35 -0600

Wine drinkers often look at wines like kids in a candy store; engrossed by all the neat labels and varieties. Such people may even anticipate finding a new wine that really surprises them with a great taste, aromas, color or the amazing feel in the mouth. Rarely do wine drinkers understand the complexity of the industry as a whole. Further, most people do not understand that the wine they like may not be being sold by a physical winery. These wines are called Bulk Wines and there are very sound and bone-fide reasons why bulk wines are produced; lucky for the wine drinkers!

Making A Wine May Not Be Easy, But It Could Be Simple - Starting Off Small

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:32:26 -0600

Custom Crush could be the key element in testing the viability of a new wine creation or wine project. Whatever the goal, there are so many options available to make premium private labeled wine. But, the trick to to start exploring all the options. People make wines for gifts, wedding favors, corporate promotions and some make wine to test a market for their new wine concept. Boutique award winning wines often come from people who do not own the winery property or even the vineyards. As they say in the Lottery games--if you don't play you for sure will not win. Maybe you might look at Custom Crush options?

Winemaking May Have Traditional Approaches But Research Is Keeping It On the Edge

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:25:04 -0600

Forty years ago a winery in Argentina decided to step up to the plate with a major commitment to wine research. That research, which I think has highlighted the importance of understanding terroir. Now that original effort found its way to UC Davis and more research is ongoing. Yes, terroir does matter and better wines can come about when winemakers understand how to use terroir research.

Craft Brewers Are Migrating East

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:55:35 -0600

What is the deal with all these fancy beers nowadays eh? I mean come on who wants to pay $5-6 bucks a draft or $10 bucks per 6-pack? Nobody right?

Calories in Wine - White Vs Red

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:37:41 -0600

Invariably, you will see an assortment of articles which will tell you that you should avoid wine if you are attempting to lose weight. These reports will point to the high amount of calories in wine, especially calories which these reports will say come from sugar.

Wine Must Breathe, But Not Too Much

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:15:15 -0500

There is nothing simple about making fine wine and if you expect it to get better with age, the process gets real complicated. The bottle closure is a regulator of oxygen that interacts with wine in the bottle; just like oak barrel. Therefore, the winemaker must chose the closure wisely because every closure has its drawbacks. Nonetheless, its hard to be time proven and honored traditions.

Yes There Are Package and Product Innovations In the Wine Industry, Not Just In Beer and Cider

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:12:24 -0500

Consumers see a lot indicators of the changes in product and packaging relative to beverages business. The latest are NFL team logos on a can of beer. Less noticed are the innovations coming out of the wine industry. But, wine is an industry involved in a special aura of romance, tradition, ritual and a sipping enjoyment; you sip wine and not drink it. Here we take a look at the meaning of innovations in the drinks business--alcohol and non-alcohol and get a feel for the innovations in each industry.

Australia Wine Region

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:55:54 -0500

Usually when you think about Australia, the last thing that comes up in your mind is wine. But don`t be fooled, Australia has some of the best and most awarded wines worldwide.

Are You Buying Wines With the Name of the Grape on the Label Because You Think It Is the Best?

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:44:01 -0500

Are you planning an event and considering the best wine for the occasion, or wondering what would be the best wine to bring as a hostess gift? Most people buy a wine with a varietal name emblazoned on the label thinking it must be the best. Maybe that is a conditioned purchase because we do not understand how a varietal wine came by that varietal's name being on the label. It seems that regulations, even concerning wine, cannot be avoided in anything.

Everything You Need to Know About How to Store Wine

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:24:40 -0500

Ever wine collector wants to keep their wine in pristine condition. There are several things that you need to keep in mind when trying to preserve your favorite wines.

Another Form of Art In Winemaking Is In Blending

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 15:27:39 -0500

Wine is intriguing and American icons and legends always been profoundly interested in wines; Franklin, Washington, and Jefferson had positive comments about fine wines. Even Benjamin Franklin said wine made us civil. If wine is a constant exploration to find civility, I have started exploring blended wines; but will probably never arrive I am sure. Blended wines can be more complex and offer some for the accrued wine makers art of blending.

Champagne Enthusiast? Why Not?

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 08:14:34 -0500

I often wondered when you transcend from lover to enthusiast. The dictionary defines an enthusiast as 'a person who is very interested in a particular activity or subject'. Yes, that describes my interest in champagne. I now consider myself a Mother, a Wife, a Residential Sales Consultant and Champagne Enthusiast. I love my new title!

4 Tips to Help You Make the Best Out of a Wine Tour

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:24:52 -0500

Whenever you are spending a cosy evening with your family accompanied by a glass of the finest wine, don't you ever wish to visit the place that produces such marvels? Well, almost all of us have it on our bucket list to be a part of wine tours that allow visitors to taste their creations freshly prepared and bottled.

Visit a Wine Trail for Your Next Big Adventure!

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:05:48 -0500

A wine trail is a great way to explore the beautiful countryside and taste a variety of wines. Learn more before you plan your next getaway!

Use Your Sensory to Discover the Basic Wine Characteristics

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:30:46 -0500

Learning the wine characteristics can be very pleasant or a time-and-resource-consuming passion. By understanding the basic wine characteristics after including some basic background knowledge and a logical approach you can increase your individual enjoyment.

8 Tips for a Successful Wine Trail Visit

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:43:59 -0500

Going on a wine trail visit is one of the best ways of experiencing the different types of wine on the market. It is imperative to prepare well to get the best experience.

Drink To Your Health Organically

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 09:12:35 -0500

Words have meaning and yet can be misleading. Take for example the word "Organic", simple enough. But, what happens when the word can have different means to different people. For example, does Organic also mean: 100% Natural, All Sustainable, From Organic Grapes, or Produced by Hand. No, these do not make Organic wines. The USDA has defined what Organic means and Demeter-USA has taken Organic to the highest form by certifying Biodynamic wines; an elevated form of what Organic truly means.

Reasons to Love Red Wine

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:02:40 -0500

RED WINE is the purest and most loved liquor of the world. Red Wine is preferred over other wines because of its various qualities that make it a cherished drink. It is rated very highly for being a health drink by some leading health bulletins. The alcohol content generally ranges between 12 to 15 %. The most common varieties of Red Wine are Shiraz, Pinot noir, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet sauvignon.

The Guide to Pinot Noir Wine

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 07:51:49 -0500

Pinot Noir is a red wine grape that originated in Burgundy and it is one of the oldest wine spices planted in France. The name is derived from the French words pine and black, pine to describe tightly clustered grapes.

What's In Your Glass?

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:46:40 -0500

What is in your glass? Water, hops, yeast, grapes? I wish! This article lifts the lid on the surprising range of chemicals that makers of alcoholic drinks slip into our glasses without telling us.

Craft Beers and Microbrewery: A Trend That Is Here to Stay

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:26:25 -0500

No matter the place of the world we choose to go for a drink, it is becoming more and more common to find, next to the industrial beer supplier, a wide range of craft beers. Some of these bars even experiment with microbrewing, using recipes of their own creation, and providing a unique experience to their customers.

10 Fundemental Wine Terminologies You Must Know To Taste, Appreciate, and Valuate Wine

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:28:20 -0500

These are some of the definitions that any wine investor or taster will have to be familiar with, and which I will do my best to explain in as detailed a manner as possible. Of course, nothing beats going for a wine-tasting course to get familiar with what these definitions truly means. Terminology #1: Complexity Complexity is created by several factors: well-merged flavors, the intensity, richness and depth of the combination of flavors, aroma characteristics, the focus, harmony and overall balance, and the finesse (the elegance and fineness of the wine, or sometimes, can also be...

Basic Wine Types

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:27:40 -0500

The process of wine making is exciting and easy. As we all know wine is made from grapes and the recipe has been developed over centuries. Sure, first grapes are harvested, placed in a container and squeezed.

Fourth of July Party Drinks

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:50:43 -0500

Drink ideas for anyone throwing a 4th of July party. Variety of drinks made with wines and spirits.

How Do You Select Wine From An Inch-Thick Wine List?

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 15:10:26 -0500

You are really excited to be out for an excellent meal. You are seated and they bring the menus; you start salivating at the prospects. The sommelier brings the wine list; uh oh! it's an inch thick at least! Does your heart sink? Or do think 'Oh wow, we're going to get some great wine!'? In this article we give you some tips and techniques that we have learned over the years to turn this challenge into fun!

Here Is A Great Source Of Information And Ideas About Wine

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:42:54 -0500

Do you feel like you're out of the loop when it comes to entertaining or cooking with wine? Perhaps you don't know what is good, or perhaps you're not sure about correlating your use of wine with the foods you eat. Learn more by reading this article, and find out more about wine.

Why Should You Order Fruity Beer in Summer?

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:49:56 -0500

No matter how big your party is, a top beer delivery service provider is capable of delivering huge quantity. You can call them anytime even if there is no party for some fruity refreshment & be fit in summer.

Coopers, White Oak and Winemakers Make For Some Awesome Wines

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:22:54 -0500

We have all seen planters made from used wine barrels, but the thought occurred to me-just how much is known about the importance oak plays in making nice wines, just before its final resting place as a planter? Oak is a complicated wood that is specifically grown for wine barrels in very few parts of the World. French Oak is the most known oak for wine, however American Oak has a much shorter history but is equally grand respected. You do not need to be an artist to appreciate the look of a new wine barrel made of White Oak. California makes wine barrels for wineries all over the World. But, why White Oak?

Mezcal, Methanol, Moonshine and Myth

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:13:15 -0500

Mezcal, the agave based Mexican spirit, has been unfairly linked to methanol poisoning. While this affliction and many others related to alcohol abuse significantly impact health globally, the research and reporting relative to methanol in mezcal is scarce, and much of it is based on fear-mongering without scientific or investigative reports to back up allegations. This article examines methanol and other alcohol poisoning globally (i.e. American moonshine as well as alcohols consumed in Africa, Europe, Asia and Central/South America) and at the same time looks at instances in Mexico, the state of Oaxaca in particular, with a view to putting the literature, lay and scientific, in perspective, suggesting a Darwinian approach viz. mezcal production.

A Beer A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:53:27 -0500

Kept in moderation most alcoholic beverages present some health benefits. Most people associate these benefits with a glass of wine. Upon further review, beer may be even better.

Fundamentals of Making Home Wine

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 13:43:48 -0500

If you've been toying with the idea of trying your home-made wine you need to look through the selection of ingredients, recipes, equipment and different sorts of grapes. By producing home-made wine, you will become one of the thousands of happy people that have already discovered this intriguing and rewarding hobby.

4 Tips You Can Follow While Moving Out for a Wine Tour

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 08:24:07 -0500

Wine tasting is an adventure in itself especially when you intend to have an inclination towards nature, greenery, vineyards and wine manufacturing units in particular. Moving out during the weekends along with companions to a wine manufacturing unit would strike a familiar chord if you are someone who frequently takes out time for such adventure.

Cork Versus, Screw Caps - Which Is Better?

Thu, 19 May 2016 09:39:24 -0500

Corks are the classic choice in the wine industries that have been used for a very long period of time. However, there are some surprising facts and arguments so whatever you may using, you're both right and wrong.

How To Find The Best Wine Deals Online and Offline

Mon, 16 May 2016 12:36:42 -0500

Do you need to buy good wine in bulk at a good price? Read this guide for some advice on how to find the best deal for your event. We take a look at the best sources of information the best tactics to apply when making the deal.

Finding The Best Wine And The Best Wine Deals, On A Budget

Mon, 16 May 2016 12:35:58 -0500

If you are not a wine connoisseur, and few of us are, but you enjoy the odd glass of wine, we have provided a short guide covering the basics to help you find a good bottle of wine that you will enjoy and which won't hurt your pocket. There is a common misconception that the more you spend on a bottle of wine, the more you will enjoy it. This is most definitely not the case. It all comes down to personal taste and even the most knowledgeable wine lover would be hard pressed (please forgive the pun) to deny that there isn't a reasonably priced bottle of wine that they really enjoy or that they don't relish the challenge of tracking down the best wine offers on their particular favourite wines. Arming yourself with a little knowledge about the world of wine can help enormously with your search for the best wine deals out there, especially if you have a budget to stick to.

Who Could Possibly Turn Down a Glass of Bubbles?

Tue, 10 May 2016 15:09:26 -0500

Champagne is perhaps the most popular, celebratory drink in the World, the perfect drink for almost any occasion. Whether you're celebrating a wedding, birthday, anniversary, graduation, or toasting a bottle at a quiet dinner event, it's a beverage that has the ability to suit all special occasions. Who could possibly turn down a glass of bubbles? But when exactly was it invented and how has it become so highly regarded in the alcoholic industry? This wonderful drink has an awesome backstory we thought we'd share!

How to Find the Correct Beer for You

Mon, 02 May 2016 12:33:49 -0500

Finding the right beer for you can take time. It took me a couple of years to find a couple of my favorite beers. It is pretty simple though, you have to be willing to try all different kinds of beer.

Recommended Beers and Breweries

Mon, 02 May 2016 12:31:11 -0500

The article highlights some of the author's favorite beers and breweries. There a short descriptions of the beers along with pictures.

Solving the "I'm Not a Fan of Beer" Stigma

Mon, 02 May 2016 12:16:00 -0500

This article provides some suggestions on finding a way to enjoy beer. It aims to encourage people to try new beers to find one they like or use beer as a food ingredient.

Another Perspective On Alcohol

Mon, 02 May 2016 06:50:11 -0500

All through the centuries, there have been endless arguments about alcohol's merits and demerits. To this date, the debate still simmers. This article offers another perspective on alcohol based on scientific studies. It discusses the effects of alcohol on the body, its possible health benefits as well as risks.

The Difference Between Red And Rose Wine

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:31:10 -0500

Winemaking represents an art of its own, with so many types and varieties of wines that will make your head spin just by thinking about them, let alone drink them. We should simplify by dividing the wines into major groups. These major groups adopt certain criteria to help assign each wine into its own group.

Climbing Bines Hop Farm on Seneca Lake, NY

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:17:54 -0500

Our course is set on Climbing Bines Hop Farm and Craft Brewery. Located about halfway up the west side of Seneca Lake near Dresden, NY, it is a great place to stop for a beer and enjoy the beautiful countryside around Seneca Lake.

Flytrap Brewing Co. Wilmington, North Carolina

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:37:40 -0500

A positive review of Flytrap Brewing Company, unique nano-brewery in Wilmington, NC. Beer selections vary from time to time, but no doubt you will find a great tasting beer to enjoy. Great place to stop and unwind for a few.

Blowing Rock Brewing, Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:06:32 -0500

This Road Trips and Brew Pubs adventure brings us to Blowing Rock Brewing Company, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Great little town, great little brewery and ale house.

Is It Okay to Drink While Undergoing Medication?

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 08:07:57 -0500

Many doctors with a lot of experience advice their patients to not drink or consume alcohol during the entire process of medication. There are also professors who say that this depends mainly on the type of medication that is being consumed and also on the dosage. For some it is okay to drink while for other it can result in an extremely risky condition.

Adventures In Amsterdam - The Search for Craft Beer

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 11:16:08 -0500

When one thinks of The Netherlands, craft beer is not the first thing that comes to one's mind. While The Netherlands are home to 2 widely known and distributed breweries, the country is routinely overshadowed by its neighbors when it comes to craft beer. Fresh off a trip to Paris that was filled with Irish and English beer (though to be fair, the Parisian craft beer scene has really started to grow) one of the first scheduled destinations was to find some quality craft beer in Amsterdam.

Bourbon Epidemic

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:49:46 -0500

Bourbon sales in the United States have never been higher. There is a full on epidemic going on. Consumers today are willing to pay top dollar for a bottle of the most coveted bourbons in the world. With limited annual releases and highly collectable bottles being sold for over ten times retail value, will this trend ever slow down or is this just the beginning?

The Health Benefits of Drinking White Wine

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:29:33 -0500

When it comes to health benefits and wine, reds have always gotten the nod. In reality, white wine has many healthy benefits that seem to get overlooked.

Oaxaca, Mexico's Mezcalerias Reaching Spirit's Saturation Point?

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 07:19:17 -0500

Mezcal is the iconic agave based Mexican spirit predominantly produced in the state of Oaxaca. As a consequence of the mezcal boom in the western world, a spate of mezcal bars or mezcaler?as has opened in the state capital over the past couple of years. The question is if their numbers have finally reached the saturation point, or if there is room for and indeed a likelihood of more opening in the foreseeable future.

Tips for Your First Trip to a Winery

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:17:25 -0500

Traveling to a winery is a lot of fun. If you've never been, these handy tips will help make your trip a success.

Tips for Budget Wine Tours

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:16:33 -0500

Wine tours can be a fascinating excursion for anyone with a love for fine drink. The following tips can help you explore vineyards without breaking the bank.

4 Popular Types of Shot Glasses

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:21:40 -0500

A shot glass is a favorite choice for serving strong liqueurs and spirits, as well as miniature cocktails. These glasses are a great choice for drinking whiskey, sambuca, vodka, or tequila in a quick-fire manner.

Direct To Consumer Wine Distribution Is A Growing Trend

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:54:58 -0500

Direct To Consumer is convenient, cost effective and opens up a plethora of wine buying options. In the last 10 years the DtC channel of distribution has grown by nearly 70%. With 8,600 wineries in the U.S. and multiple labels withing each winery, the options are like a kid in a candy store.

The Wine Industry Is Not Exempt From Changes In Consumer Preferences

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:55:04 -0500

I can remember going through a phase where the Tempranillo varietal was my favorite; its been 10 years since I have drank this wine; just not interested any more. When you think about it, wine also has a fashion element. Maybe Syrah is in the phase of change.

Wine Cellars Are Coming Back Into Fashion, But They Come With A Price

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 06:18:13 -0500

With home prices stabilizing and new construction on the rise, custom wine cellars are becoming an attractive option in that new abode. A lot of design options, by way of exotic woods, lighting, and features, can give you a cellar with a lot of wow factor. Putting wine racks under a stairwell and calling it a wine cellar isn't what I am thinking.

The Process of Getting Wine to the Consumer Is A Circuitous Process

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 08:17:09 -0500

Many people take for granted that wine follows the same process as say milk takes getting on the shelf. Not true.. The process actually started at the repeal of Prohibition in 1933-Prohibition was in effect for 14 years. To replace federal control of alcohol the federal government let the individual states hand out "territories" to the newly established system of distributors for wine, beer and spirits. This "Three Tier System", as it is called, is in place to this day-83 years after inception. The only way for a bottle of wine to get to a store if via a distributor.

Five Things Every Bartender Should Know About Serving Draft Beer

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:25:40 -0600

Serving draft beer doesn't have to be complicated. These five basic tips will help anyone be a better bartender.

Why Try Argentinean Wine? Why Not?

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:00:02 -0600

I became intrigued with new varietals of wine and that led to new regions of the World that are known for some different varietals. Further, I became aware of some famous California wine makers that were starting operations in Argentina. That created the perfect storm: Why not explore wines from other parts of the World? Argentina has a fun and open culture that is now famous for more than just the Tango, gaucho's, and fine beef.

The US Is the 4th Largest Wine Producer In the World and 39th In Per Capita Consumption

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 06:54:01 -0600

Americans are not the largest consumers of wine in the world, so what happens to all the wine we produce that we don't consume? We are the 4th largest wine producer because the world loves our wine--we export our wines all over the world and Europe is a large customer. But, as in many consumer trends, wine has good years and not so good. and 2015 saw a slight downturn in production.

AVA's and What They May or May Not Add To Creating A Better Wine

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 16:01:00 -0600

I have often wondered if, as an average wine consumer, paying a little more for a bottle of wine from a AVA designated winery/vineyard worth the price. Also, do such wines have a distinguishable character from other wines I like from around the same area. Without reading the copy on the label, I have ask friends who tasted a particular wine from an AVA to tell me what made it better, relative to any other wine. Interesting, none have recognized from aromas or taste any particular AVA. So what is the draw to wines from any AVA?

The Demise of Don David Malbec in the UK

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 08:03:47 -0600

Don David Malbec Reserve is a wine that is made and in Argentina by Bodegas El Esteco. This range of wines is known in the UK under the brand Michel Torino and it has held a strong presence in the UK restaurant trade for nearly 20 years. Bodegas El Esteco specialise in making superb wines from local and international grape varieties and they sell these wines throughout the world.

A Comprehensive Guide to Pinot Noir Wine

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 08:11:12 -0600

Expertise is not necessary to know what you enjoy. If you enjoy Pinot Noir, learning these fun facts can make enjoying it even sweeter.

Is A New Wine Country Destination On Your Bucket List? Maybe It's Argentina?

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 15:13:01 -0600

Wine is an important industry to most countries, even China has a growing wine production industry. Mendoza, Argentina is a place that is very friendly and proud of a world class wine industry. Some of their wineries are majestic modern facilities employing the latest in wine making technologies. For people interested in an out of the ordinary culinary and wine centric experience the Andes, Tango, Buenos Aires and Gauchos make it worth visiting Argentina.

High Levels of Alcohol In Wine Are Not Cool Anymore

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:00:38 -0600

The next trend in wine may be the consumer telling the industry they do not want such high alcohol levels in their wine. If unchecked, the industry could be putting out a product with alcohol levels approaching that of distilled spirits.

How To Find the Best Prosecco Deals

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:44:03 -0600

Prosecco is the "drink of the moment" but with so many brands emerging, how do you identify the best quality bottles and get the best deals? The aim of this article is to suggest how you might embark upon such a mission.

The Smallest State Producing Wines Wants to Grow Its Wine Industry

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 06:47:11 -0600

In 2015 Nevada passes a law that was designed to open up the possibility of new winery operations in the state. Currently, there are (depending on personal definitions) four wineries in Nevada. Churchill County's Frey Ranch is the newest. Additionally, University of Nevada Reno has a new program dedicated to research on wine grape varietals that are suitable for hot/high/arid climates. The program is named-Desert Farming Initiative and is lead by a lady with a background in the wine industry. Similar type efforts have been around at other state universities for many years. Maybe soon there will be some interest in northern Nevada as a wine region.

Beowulf and the Mead Hall

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:36:32 -0600

Discover Mead. It is a fermented honey beverage that was very popular for thousands of years. Today, it is reappearing, thanks to bee keepers who follow the craft brewing trend.

Prosecco - The Phenomenon of the Sparkling Wine World

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:45:31 -0600

Prosecco has become amazingly popular over the last 6 years and seems to be appealing to the increasing numbers of UK wine drinkers. It has a wider appeal than champagne which can be an acquired taste and is less dry than a Cava. Last year, Prosecco outsold both Champagne and Cava combined. This article aims to direct those new to the Prosecco phenomenon towards the higher quality bottles of fizz.

Why Do We Let People Manipulate Us In Forming Opinions About Wine?

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:57:52 -0600

As long as wine has been around, why do we allow people and occasions tell us what is a good wine? Probably the simple answer is we don't respect our own opinions. We are manipulated and sometimes we know we are being manipulated. Wine is fun and we should drink and enjoy the 'presence' we are in with the wine. Don't let 'presenters' tell us what we should appreciate. Lastly, 'presentation' of wine facts and information can be very misleading.

The Complete Wine Tours Guide for Beginners

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:46:25 -0600

Wine tours provide a unique, thrilling experience into a new world of taste and fantasy. Learn how you can enjoy these visits successfully as an individual, group or family.

Wine Tasting Guide for Beginners

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:42:08 -0600

Wine tasting is a wonderful way to explore new labels. There are some rules of etiquette you should follow, even if it is your first time.

Red Wine Through The Ages

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:41:07 -0600

Red wine is popular for its heart-healthy tannin. However, the average drinker doesn't understand the rich history of how this popular drink came to be.

The Only 10 Things You Need to Know About Wine

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:57:49 -0600

Yeah it'd be great to learn more about wine, but why waste time reading about it when you could be enjoying it? That's exactly why we've put together this essential list of the only 10 things you ever need to know. You're welcome :)

Champagne: A Tour to the World's Most Popular Beverage

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 10:47:31 -0600

Champagnes are the most popular beverages, served across the world. Be it a wedding party or you want to celebrate your first job, this liquor is right for serving. Just make sure that you are buying only the branded ones and also from a reputed and certified store.

Simple Wine Drinking Tips for a Better Wine Experience

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:20:20 -0600

1. Let your wine sit. After pouring wine into your glass, let it sit in your glass for at least 1 to 2 minutes before drinking it, or until you see most of the little bubbles disappear.

Know The Relation Between Your Heart and Red Wine

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 07:44:10 -0600

Red Wine is one of the most popular drinks for people around the world. There are many health benefits of consuming it. It prevents heart attacks.

Holiday "Mocktails" & Low Cal Cocktails

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 07:09:53 -0600

Holiday parties are in full swing! Are you trying to keep your drinking to a minimum or enjoy festive, holiday beverages without the alcohol? We've created some fun non-alcoholic "mocktails" and lower calorie cocktails to enjoy this holiday season.

9 Facts You Never Knew About A Winery

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 16:00:18 -0600

Wine has been around for thousands of years, and there's a lot that goes into a winery. Check out these facts to learn a bit more about the magical place that turns fruit into the delectable wines we love.

Distilled Spirits Has A New Category It's Called Craft Spirits

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 14:59:44 -0600

Tastings are not just about wine. Now beer is also part of the tasting scene in America. With the explosion of craft distillers coming into existence, this category of beverages offer an interesting experience of new tastes and aromas. Spirits are complex and thus very interesting. Small distillers are a proud lot that wants the public to understand the fun of spirits tasting.

Quality Port and Wine Options Online

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:07:46 -0600

You can ask a dozen people their opinion on wine, beer and champagne and which are their favorite group and you will probably get a variety of answers based on personal preference. The beauty of this is that you can usually find all of these products available online from a single source making it easy and convenient to order your favorites from the comfort of your home computer. While it is common to run down to the local liquor store to buy alcohol, it is important to note that many quality brands such as Moet and Chandon or Penfold may...

How To Order Wine and Champagne From Home

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:04:42 -0600

While brick and mortar stores offer a variety of wines and champagnes, it can be difficult to find the truly unique and top quality names at the local store. Instead, shoppers can utilize the convenience of online ordering for their favorites tipple from all over the world.

Introduction to Spanish Wine

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:36:15 -0600

The production of fine wines in Spain began many centuries ago when the Phoenicians (who were great sea traders) introduced the concept to the locals. Needless to say the tradition took root and Spain's wine culture today has received critical acclaim internationally.

The Grape Escape! The Beginnings of a Great Wine

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:56:35 -0600

Across the wine-producing regions of Spain, the grape harvest is in full swing. Winemakers are carefully planning which vineyard to pick next, studying the weather and overseeing the grape harvest as it comes off the trucks and onto the sorting table before destemming, crushing and first and second presses of grapes take place.

Buy Me a Brewery! And Other Crafty Holiday Beer Gifts

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:39:08 -0600

Crafty holiday gift ideas for the beer lover in your life. Brewery co-op memberships, brewers guild enthusiasts and other creative holiday beer gifts for the dedicated drinker.

The Dogma of Mezcal in Oaxaca: Are the "Experts" Harming the Industry?

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 09:57:54 -0600

The state of Oaxaca, in south central Mexico, is known for the production of the agave based spirit, mezcal. Spirits aficionados and novices alike make pilgrimage to the state capital, to learn, taste and buy. Accordingly, a plethora of mezcaler?as has grown, promoting mezcal - apparently. But there has been a dogma concerning mezcal, which is now being promulgated, much of which is rife with misinformation and inaccuracies. It is suggested that this does more harm that good for the industry.

Tasting Rooms Are About Building A Rapport With The Visitor Then Sales Will Follow

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 06:43:00 -0500

Tasting Rooms have been changing. Wine drinkers are changing. Those working in tasting rooms must understand the importance of building brand, understanding the psychology of selling, facts behind the product and then comes the wine. No two people are the same and thus their taste and approach to a tasting is unique. Associates must be relevant to the visitor in order to sell any wine. Visitors want a human interest experience first.

What If There Was Another Way to Write Tasting Notes?

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:17:49 -0500

Wine tasting notes can be confusing. The purchaser is often reluctant to buy based on descriptions that are hard to understand. Could this be the answer?