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Precept Wines: The side of Washington you want to know

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.

In Washington State Wines, Wine, Canned Wine, Travel

4 green cocktails that aren't gross

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.

In Cocktail Recipes, Spirits, St. Patrick's Day

Wine 101: What wines are better with age and how to properly store them

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.

In Wine, Wine 101, Wine Expert, Wine Tips

Wine 101: How to properly open and pour a bottle of wine

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.

In Wine, Wine 101, Wine Tips

Behind the scenes at Unibroue: A beer lover's dream adventure

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.

In Beer, Travel, Canadian Beer, Unibroue

14 Valentine wines under $14

 

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

In Wine, Wine Expert, Valentine's Day, Gift Ideas