Whiskey Tasting: February 3, 2018

Talisker Storm Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Regular price: $56.99 Sale Price: $51.99 Glenmorangie ‘The Quinta Ruban’ Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Regular price: $56.99 Sale Price: $51.99 The Irishman ‘Founder’s Reserve’ Irish Whiskey Regular price: $37.99 Sale Price: $34.99 Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2009 Bourbon Whiskey Regular price: $29.99 Sale Price: $27.99 Hudson ‘Manhattan’ Rye Whiskey Regular price:[…]

My Favorite Wine…this week

2014 Domaine d’Aupilhac ‘Cuvee Aupilhac’ The wines of Languedoc have been dissed for years, if not centuries, partly due to snobbery (the people and therefore, the vineyards of the poor, hot south were not of the same quality of those of the cooler, richer north) and partly due to fact (the southwest really did produce[…]

Fake Wine

Here’s the thing…cheating (in wine) is not a new thing. For centuries, less scrupulous producers have blended grapes from other regions into their wines in order to make their wine seem more impressive. It used to be, that, the culprit was found out because wine drinkers were generally in agreement upon how a wine was[…]

What makes a wine BIG?

Wine is not particularly self-evident, meaning that when you look at a wine, you really don’t know very much about it. Many people claim that they know something about a wine just by looking at it, but they are just fools or liars. Or both. To understand anything at all about a wine, one has[…]

My Favorite Wine: January 17, 2018

My Favorite Wine… this week anyway 2014 De Forville Barbaresco Regular price: $37.99 Sale Price: $29.99 Barbaresco is a wine, made in a tiny place in Piedmont, in the northwest of Italy. Barbaresco must be 100% Nebbiolo. Spiritually, (Really? I just wrote ‘spiritually’ about a grape), Nebbiolo is closest to Pinot Noir (not Aglianico which[…]

The Anti-Cab

Nebbiolo is the grape that grows in Piedmont, in Northwest Italy, and in Barolo and Barbaresco, arguably, better than any other place on earth. Nebbiolo is difficult to ripen, its finicky about rain and wind, and  its susceptible to vine diseases. It also does not adapt particularly well to differing vineyard soil types, preferring soils[…]

Is ‘winter beer’ an oxymoron?

No. Next question? Yes, Virginia, beers can be seasonal creatures. And yes, one can imbibe cold beverages in the winter, just as one can drink hot beverages in summer. (you drink coffee year round, don’t you?). Seasonal beers (like Oktoberfest) have been produced for centuries, and ‘winter warmers’ have been prevalent since the pagans celebrated[…]