The Perfect Wine & Pie Pairings To Satisfy Your Holiday Guests

With all of the things on our minds this time of year, it can be tough to concentrate or research what kind of food to prepare and what to serve with it.  Don’t worry, we have taken the thinking out of this seasons choices…at least when it comes to your dessert menu. We were recently […]

How to Choose the Best Red Wines to Go With Thanksgiving and Holiday Dinners

This week as you’re wrapping up plans for holiday dinner menus, don’t write off red wines to pair with all that turkey and stuffing. These tips come to us courtesy of Mitch Einhorn, owner of Lush Wine Spirits in Chicago. He recommends a few out of the box ideas like the Beaujolais, a wine from […]

Here Comes Fall: Sonoma Cider Debuts Two New Flavors

Sonoma Cider, the award-winning producer of such innovative hard ciders as The Hatchet, The Pitchfork, and The Anvil, is adding two new flavors to its highly acclaimed line-up, set to launch November 9, 2015: The Pulley, featuring the flavor of absinthe combined with crisp, tart apples cider; and Dry Fuji, part of the company’s “Cider […]

Wine Review: Bodega Garzon 2013 Tannat, Uruguay

This week we reviewed a summer-worthy red wine, out of Uruguay. Originally from Europe (Basque region), the Tannat grape is big, bold, and juicy, but not as heavy as a Cabernet or Zinfandel, making it a great choice for wine to pair with barbecue, outdoor dining, or warm weather entertaining. Wine: Bodega Garzon 2013 Tannat, Uruguay […]

Wine Review: González Byass ‘Leonor’ Palo Cortado Sherry, 12 Year

Spain’s Best Match: González Byass ‘Leonor’ Palo Cortado Sherry, 12 Year A first look at the bottle will make you think this is worth much more than the under $30 tag, as the makers took care to add silver and gold metallic elements to what would generally be a simple, paper label. Gonzalez Byass’ seal is […]

Spirit Review: Ron Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum

Spirit Review: Ron Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum At the end of the 18th Century , Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez’s burning passion for rum finally resulted in the production of his own line, Ron Diplomatico. For years prior, Don Juancho studied the production methods employed in Jamaica, which at the time set the world standard for […]

Spirit Review: Usquaebach Reserve Premium Scotch Whisky

Usquaebach Reserve Premium Whisky, Scotland – $39 Up your cocktail game with a 200 year old spirit from Usquaebach (pronounced oos-ke-ba). An iconic Scotch whisky that’s been around since the 18th century, Usquaebach means ‘water of life’ in Gaelic, and was first immortalized by poet Robert Burns in 1791. The bottle is uniquely frosted, with a […]

Wine Review: Reyneke Syrah, 2012 – South Africa (Organic)

If you’re searching for the perfect wine for a hostess gift or party, look no further than this sustainable, organic wine from South Africa. Reyneke’s bottle looks like it was made for lovers of poetry, as they’ve laser etched beautiful, flowery words into the glass. What’s inside is also a nod to the best nature […]

Azzurre Creates a Classic Gin and Tonic

Until a year or two ago, I wasn’t a big fan of gin. It wasn’t gin that I disliked, it was the tonics. Drinking my first gin and tonic made with Fever Tree Tonic and a good gin was a revelation. I loved it! I sampled some other gins, either with tonic or on the […]

Romantic Wines Every Couple Should Know

The following romantic wines have been selected to fit every palate, taste, and preference, from casual to elegant, single varietal to blends. We’re sure you’ll love them as much as we do.

Wine Review: Faithful Hound Cabernet Blend, 2012

This week’s Wine Wednesday wine review comes to us from South Africa’s Stellenbosch region. Wine: Faithful Hound, Mulderbosch – 2012 Varietals: Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot Color:  Deep ruby, with an amber rim Notes: Vines are Bordeaux varietals, carefully sorted and selected by hand. Gentle extraction, long maceration time, with oak barrel fermentation. […]

Beyond the Confines of Food: In the Vineyard with Chef Michael Chiarello

Chefs today are more akin to celebrities than actual cooks. Spending far more time promoting themselves on cooking shows and at food festivals than in actual kitchens, these celebrity chefs have amassed culinary empires filled with lines of sponsored products and cookbooks. So is it any surprise that a chef sponsored wine label would follow? […]

Santa Barbara’s Westerly Wines Shine in Happy Canyon

Earlier last month, Santa Barbara played host to its second “Key to Wine Country” weekend, a now semiannual event that includes a number of opportunities to “unlock” Santa Barbara wine country through vineyard walks and barrel samples with winemakers to sit down blending seminars and food and wine pairings. Yet despite the many offerings, the […]

Azzurre Spirits Launches New Gluten Free Gin (Recipes)

As 2015 makes way, Azzurre Spirits is proud to announce its newest addition to their Ultra Premium Portfolio: a botanically infused, naturally gluten free gin that’s already receiving critical acclaim. Fresh off the still in late 2014, Azzurre Gin received 85 points, with a ‘very good, strong recommendation’ rating from the 2015 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. […]