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3 Wines to Pair with Winter Dinners — Newly Rediscovered

Chianti Classico. Originally a medium to light-bodied red for every-day dinners. Now a somewhat finer wine experience after years of upgrading quality in these vineyards and wineries in Tuscany. Chianti Classico is now a medium-bodied red with great aromatic components and lovely, rounded flavors backed by just enough structure to make you want to drink […]

Apple Pie and Roast Beef: American Moonshine Dinner

Isn’t Moonshine the ultimate American Drink for the Holidays? After all, it’s made with American corn, and it was always the drink of independent individuals, not part of government or industry. Apparently, as a teenager delivering the family’s moonshine, Junior Johnson learned “evasion” and other driving skills that eventually propelled him to NASCAR fame. Later […]

Dangerous wine reivews

It’s always dangerous when someone contacts you out of the blue and asks you to review their wine. It’s great if you love it, but what if you don’t? Is it better to say nothing, or to give them your opinion? Always a quandary… Recently, I was sent some wines by Gallegos, a new winery […]

Have a Cocktail after this Film. Make that two…

It’s a circus – cirque du soleil style. With sideshow of gastronomy. The film Hey, Bartender is a crash course in American culture – behind the bar. It entices you in by following the real-life ups and downs of bartenders, bar owners and managers. The people behind the bar are maniacally serious, they are a […]

Top 3 Ways to Drink Orange + Brandy

After mulling over (i.e., tasting) several versions new of orange-flavored brandies, I have a current list of my faves: Remaining on the list is Mandarine Napoleon with excellent tangerine aromas that greatly enhance the whole experience. For a fun aperitif from Armagnac: La Grande Josiane over ice, a very nice mélange of orange and Armagnac. […]

The Most Luxurious Horchata Rum for National Rum Day

I don’t know whose idea it was to combine horchata with rum, but horchata flavored rum is suddenly all over the place. So naturally I’ve been tasting it. First learned about horchata at that great little taqueria in Santa Barbara – you know the one that all the celebs go to, what’s the name? Anyhow, […]