In a recent trip, I discovered that there’s a side of Washington State we should all get to know: Precept Wine Country. While most of us associate the state with rain, Frasier, (and for us movie lovers) Sleepless in Seattle, and why not, the Twilight Saga, Washington State has a desert… Yes! A desert. This vast, breathtaking appellation is the ideal territory to cultivate our favorite drink – Wine.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of my all-time favorite holidays. Having some Irish blood running through my veins, I happily welcome the green tide. Jaunty (and slightly intoxicated) crowds of various shades of green do their best jig in the streets while taking back Guinness and green beer. It is really a spectacular sight. I’ve celebrated in both America and Australia and let me say the love of the Irish is a worldwide affair.
Not long after being bitten by the wine bug I developed a desire to have an awe-inspiring wine cellar. A dark, quiet, underground sanctuary where I could showcase my collection of world class wines and share them with friends. Nearly forty years later, and having never won the lottery, I’m still dreaming of that cellar.
So, you are hosting, but your knowledge of opening and serving wine is limited. Perhaps you’ve been known to enjoy a glass or two, but have never had to actually go through the technicalities of self-serving. Now, you are entertaining someone you are trying to impress – a date perhaps, or a friend, or a business associate. Well, the good news, although the situation seems daunting and full of potential embarrassment, it is really quite simple and as easy as ABC.
Prior to this trip, I had minimal exposure to Unibroue. My first experience drinking their beer was years back. I grabbed a bottle of La Fin du Monde at a hole-in-the-wall pub in Pittsburgh simply because the label appealed to me and their unflushed taps seemed unappetizing. The second, snagging a bottle of À Tout le Monde just to tickle my mid-90’s Megadeth affinity with zero intent to consume. The bottle’s sole purpose was to sit on my shelf, more a piece of art or homage.
It’s a cliché that Valentine’s Day is a “manufactured” holiday and is just a ruse to force people to buy greeting cards, flowers and chocolates. This is not true, it was the spirits industry that colluded to create this romantic holiday, those others jumped on board later. Of course I am joking
As February 14 inches closer, so does the countdown to finding the perfect gift for the special man in your life.
Whether you’re gifting for a husband or boyfriend, crafting up a masculine gift in a swarm of red and pink plush bears can be seemingly daunting.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and with teddy bears and chocolate hearts adorning the aisles of drugstores, it can be tempting to grab something generic. Let’s be frank, gift giving is hard, especially when you’re searching for one that represents your love.
If you haven’t made a reservation yet for Valentine’s Day, we have good news and bad news.Let’s start with the bad. You probably won’t get in to the restaurant you were ready to splurge at. You waited too long. Most joints will only have walk-in availability left, leaving you and your date on a 45-minute wait. The good news? There are better options than celebrating your love dining next to a hoard of strangers with a limited menu.