Drink Blog of the Day Archive
February 24, 2011
Northeastern Italyâ€™s rich tradition of dried-grape wines stretches back to the height of the Roman empire, when the acinaticum of todayâ€™s Soave, Gambellara, and Valpolicella reigned as one of Western Civilizationâ€™s earliest â€œcelebrityâ€ wines.
February 23, 2011
My last memory of 2010 was my first visit to Dunn Vineyards, on January 31. Mike Dunn made time to taste through a royal array of his Howell Mountain cabs: 1989, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. Out of appreciation of the wines, and sub-consciously maybe the appreciation of his hospitality, I did extol the winery.
February 22, 2011
There is nothing better than to watch a gorgeous sunset while sitting at a watering hole somewhere in the African bush watching the animals and sipping an ice cold Amarula Cream.
February 18, 2011
Cafe Strudel are renowned for their fabulous Viennese food while the Triebaumer family have been making wonderful wines since 1691. You'll have the opportunity to sample both at the dinner on 9 February 2010 at Cafe Strudel. Seven different wines will be presented to accompany a 4-course menu specifically designed for the wines. Here are the menu details
February 17, 2011
Pinot Gris is one of those varieties that, for my money, doesnâ€™t get nearly the acclaim it deserves. Sure like any other varietal there are some forgettable examples out there. But when the fruit is grown in the right spot and the winemaker treats it with respect, the results can be dazzling. For Pinot Gris this mostly means a handful of spots in Germany, Oregon, Italy and Austria in my opinion. Today Iâ€™ll look at a release from Austria.
February 16, 2011
The Mauritson 2009 Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc was produced from fruit sourced at a couple of vineyards. 95% comes from their Estate Hardie Ranch Vineyard, and the balance (5%), from the Coleman-Young Vineyard.
February 15, 2011
You don't have to be a Dodgers fan to love the wines from southern California. This state may be divided by sports loyalties, but we all love a great wine. I have a couple of SoCal stories in other places today that I want to highlight.
February 14, 2011
As with most whisky websites, if you visit the site of Hankey Bannister you can read all about the heritage of this blended scotch whisky. Somewhat curious is that the accounting of said heritage seems to have been written in the first person by Mr. Hankey himself, a self-described â€œman about townâ€ who probably died sometime in the late 18th or early 19th C after founding Hanky Bannister with Hugh Bannister in 1757.
February 13, 2011
Now that Super Bowl Sunday is history, itâ€™s time for us to move on to another sports event. Here in Los Angeles, that means the LA Marathon. This yearâ€™s marathon takes on special meaning to us.
February 12, 2011
I want to talk for a moment about Zinfandel. And White Zinfandel. No, my little wine babies, Zinfandel and White Zinfandel are NOT the same thing, although they're both made from the same vitis vinifera.
February 11, 2011
Vermouth is a fortified wine flavored with herbs and spices. Some varieties are sweetened, and others are dry, which tend to be bitter. Honestly this is the largest amount of vermouth I have ever encountered in a drink, as it is usually used as an agent in mixed drinks to reduce the alcohol by volume and provide an herbal flavor.
February 10, 2011
Thereâ€™s a constant stream of superb old whiskies coming out of Germany these days, how do they do that? Today itâ€™s an old Glen Keith that weâ€™ll oppose to an older bottling of a 1963 by G&M (those came at many different ages, 13, 15, 17, 19â€¦)
February 9, 2011
We asked a few well-known spirits/drinks writers to come up with delicious wintry cocktails using our 8 year old blended whisky, and our new cask-aged whisky bitters.
February 8, 2011
This beautiful bottle pours out a perfectly lovely measure of the water of life. Knowing its provenance perhaps predisposes me to think that the nose is quintessentially Irish: sweet, grassy, even upturned and freckled. D
February 5, 2011
Jim Murrayâ€™s 2008 World Whisky of the Year! Ardbeg 10 years old was the first bottle from the distillery to be released non chill-filtered. It is a real paradigm of what a peaty whisky must be like.
February 4, 2011
So, a beer review on a whisky blog? yes! Why not? Iâ€™ve seen some reviews on other whisky sites, and whisky and beer are close, right? This Beer however is even closer to whisky than most beers are. Why you ask? Well, itâ€™s aged in casks which held Highland Park 12 whiskyâ€¦ How cool is that?
February 2, 2011
The start of 2011 hasn't been optimal from a whisky drinking perspective for me. Flu, colds, coughs, soaring head and sleepy days. Time to catch up, and I thought going through a few dregs of Bunnahabhains that has been restless on my shelves for quite a bit might be good for me.
February 1, 2011
I am always on the look-out for a low priced blend that delivers good value for my hard earned cash. With inflation and rising taxes eroding my purchasing power, I really have to have some reasonably priced spirits.
January 30, 2011
We love alternatives to glass bottles for ever-so-many reasons, and we thrill to learn of any new wines so packaged. Some such products reviewed in the past have disappointed, while we have raved about others.
January 29, 2011
If time travel were possible, and we could deposit ourselves at the dinner table of one of the Founding Fathers, weâ€™d surely be drinking Madeira. Madeira was the King of Wines, enjoyed not only before and after dinner, but throughout the meal.
January 28, 2011
I was riffling through my wines today and spotted that I had left a few bottles of pink wine undrunk from the summer stash â€“ time to get cracking!
January 27, 2011
This is a beautiful blend from Antinoriâ€™s wine project in Puglia, cleverly named for the first two letters of the three red varieties: NEgromaro, PRimitivo and CAbernet Sauvignon. It displays tasty black fruit and good spice with moderate tannins. Itâ€™s eminently rinkable right now with all sort of foods. In other words, a fun and uncomplicated wine! Priced anywhere from $8-12, how can you go wrong?
January 26, 2011
Pale gold with an iridescent pink cast that reminds me of tourmeline. One hundred percent grenache blanc, it has the scent of new-mown hay, plus pineapple, citrus, and musk melon. As it warms in the glass, the wine opens into more lavish tropical fruitsâ€”guava and passionfruitâ€”but retains its fresh herbaceousness. Lush on the palate, with a velvety texture and flavors of green almond, honey, citrus, peach, and pineapple.
December 30, 2010
The "Bon Amigo" is my own drink, but don't let my last minute name fool you. This one has some thought behind it. It was inspired by Bryan Dayton, a local bartender who is the beverage director and part-owner of "Oak at Fourteenth" in Boulder, CO.
December 6, 2010
Do you have a favourite whisky and food pairing combination? Not really. I like to experiment. Once, I was walking on a beach on the northern shores of Islay. I picked a few mussels off the rocks, lit a driftwood fire and steamed the mussels with a nice dollop of Islay Single Malt whisky for a few minutes. Stunning: fresh, salty and sweet. Decadent!
December 5, 2010
With Christmas fast approaching and the decorations are going up, people are starting to consider (or panic!) about what presents they are going to buy.
December 4, 2010
In all seriousness, Iâ€™ve had this bottle sitting in my whisky cabinet for a good 2 years (or so) before I went ahead and opened it. It didnâ€™t stay there because I was planning on keeping it for whisky collecting purposes. No, it just so happened that I wanted to wait until the right time (whatever that would be) to open and enjoy it.
December 3, 2010
I had lunch with Dr. Bill Lumsden the day before WhiskyFest New York. Bill is the Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation for The Glenmorangie Company. That includes Ardbeg and Glenmorangie. I asked you what questions you would like me to ask Bill. Here they are, with his answers.
December 2, 2010
What are we going to do with all the foodies who click the link and show up here? Actually, theyâ€™re probably here right now, reading this! Okay, letâ€™s not panic. To start, we should show them that beer is just as nuanced as wine when it comes to food pairings. And that beer and whiskey make great ingredients for cooking. And that there are styles of beers and types of whiskeys that perhaps theyâ€™ve never heard of.
December 1, 2010
November is a good month for the world of Scotch whisky, thanks to a change in legal protection in one of its largest prospective markets. Scotch whisky as a product is to enjoy greater protection in the lucrative Chinese market after an agreement was reached between the UK and China this month.