If you live anywhere with a hint of a chill or some darkening skies this winter, chances are you’ve got red wine on the brain. And not just any red wine, but the fleshy, broad-shouldered, amiably thuggish “big” red wines we all tend to crave this time of year.
Yeah, it’s Thanksgiving, but we figure there’s enough American-or-bust hype out there to go around. Time to celebrate a spirit from our friendly neighbors to the north, even if they do say “about” wrong. We’re talking about Canadian whisky, a spirit that America loves (we drink about 75% of its output) but also misunderstands. (It’s […]
Digestifs come in a rainbow of flavors and colors, but they’re all intended to do one thing: help you digest, and possibly find an excuse to take another small nip (vital around the holidays). Unlike apertifs, which are often more acidic, bitter, or bracing to whet the appetite, digestifs tend to incorporate depth, spice, herbs, bitterness, and […]
Tequila gets a bad rap. Or a narrow rap. For most of us, it’s shots with salt and lime, or the boozy backbone to stiffen sickeningly sweet Margarita mix, or (and thank god) the stuff we use to get through the last open bar of the wedding season. But the blanco and (please no) mixto […]
Most of us are on a budget (not talking to you, Beyonce). Many of us like white wine. Some of us have attempted to purchase white wine on said budget and found ourselves in the wasteland of powerfully high acid Pinot Grigio and “I can’t believe it’s not butter” Chardonnay.
Whether it’s spicing your latte, filling your pie, or spooking your stoop, pumpkin in some form or another seems pretty mandatory in the fall. The beverage world is no exception: every September, innocent beer stores everywhere are invaded with cases and cases of pumpkin beer, spanning the gamut from mildly delightful to straight-up offensive—a subject […]
If you thought Scotch whisky was confusing—and it is, delightfully so, a mystery we like to dunk ourselves into once or twice a week, at least—meet Irish whiskey. A couple (innocuous) stereotypes distort our collective sense of Irish whiskey: that it’s always triple-distilled (not true), that therefore it’s generally “lighter” and “smoother” than Scotch (also not […]
The transition to fall means a lot of things. Sweater weather. Possible apple picking. Halloween costume anxiety. Fortunately for those of us prone to costume party anxiety, it also means a transition to red wine. Not that we have to entirely abandon white wine because it’s cold out.
Selling port is a bit of an uphill climb. This is an era of esoteric drinking, with somms championing the latest undiscovered region, Sunotry sending Scotch into outer space, and the rest of us gearing up for the dry, fruity, nuanced powerhouse reds of fall. And of course, port has its stereotypes: sweet, uncomplicated, stuff to […]