Spring has arrived, and with the warm weather and sunny days comes a renewed craving for all things light, clean, crisp and refreshing in wine. Among the many occasions that spring gives the wine drinking aficionado, Easter offers a golden egg of an opportunity to enjoy a multitude of wines that fit this style.
If by now you are quickly approaching your 100th view of the Game of Thrones trailers and you are ready for the Sunday night premiere, then you've come to the right place.We know you can put out some tortilla chips and Sansalsa, but we want to elevate your game. Follow these recipes and make some epic cocktails fit for the Seven Kingdoms that goes beyond mead and ale.
Last month I was invited to dinner at one of those splashy Miami restaurants. I arrived early and decided to order a glass of wine at the bar. They had an eclectic, by the glass selection which immediately raised my good vibe of the establishment. As I sat there enjoying a glass of Franciacorta, I grew increasingly disheartened listening to what people were ordering. I must have heard at least a dozen times, “I’ll have a glass of Chardonnay/ Pinot Grigio/ Cabernet”, and that’s OK if all you want is something in your glass you are familiar with. The longer I sat there the stronger my urge grew to ask someone, “Don’t you have any sense of adventure? They have such a great selection of wine by the glass!”
2018 was deemed by many to be the "Year of the Woman." Women spoke up. Women took office. Women excelled. So, today (and really every day) we raise a glass in celebration of women.
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.
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.
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