Underbelly, a globe-trotting Houston restaurant that earned chef Chris Shepherd two James Beard Awards, is in the midst of major changes. Last fall, it introduced its first-ever cocktail program. Spirits director Westin Galleymore began creating ambitious menus that change frequently, riff on classics, and feature seasonal produce like winter satsumas. ”People want to drink darker, […]
For better or for worse, the Feria de Jerez is a feast for the senses. Southern Spain’s beloved weeklong festival in mid-May looks like a colorful fashion show, sounds like a cacophonous symphony, and smells like fresh horse poop. Such a spectacle engages all walks of life, appealing to a mix of well-groomed businessmen, ragged […]
Anything with a 4,000-year history is a little bit complicated. Wine is no exception, unfortunately for us. Over time, humanity’s favorite beverage has gotten more complex, and not just because the 20th century ushered in oodles of fun technology.
”It’ll be about 45 minutes.” We’ve all been there — anxiously arriving at a restaurant, ready to stuff our faces with good grub and delectable booze, only to be told we must sit in our state of rumbling hunger while our dining predecessors finish their feasts and open up a table.
In certain circles, sherry is having a comeback. But even though it’s becoming a hot ingredient in cocktails and for sipping, many still don’t know the pleasures of this awesome wine. While many people who think of sherry often think of the sweet variety that’s consumed at the end of the meal, it’s the dry […]
Ever wonder how that German Riesling or tawny port you’re sipping got to the level of sweetness that it did? Hint: the winemakers didn’t just dump spoonfuls of sugar into the base wine and give it a quick stir. Sweet wines, which have had an unnecessarily negative connotation attached to them for a while, are […]
Anyone who understands Sherry, whether a Sommelier, producer, or native Jerezano, will tell you that you can’t possibly understand the wine without first understanding the food. In other words, it’s all about the food, and the wine is very much a condiment. This is why their international wine competition Copa Jerez is focused on food […]
For most drinkers the country of Portugal exists to produce one and only one alcoholic beverage, Port, the luscious elixir that’s popular for closing out a meal, particularly around the holidays if you’re a Brit. To say that Portugal has a branding problem is an understatement.
Sherry, the fortified wine made from white grapes that hails from Spain, has been experiencing quite a comeback recently. What used to be seen as a tired old drink consumed by your grandmother and her friends while in the midst of an epic game of bridge has reemerged as the digestif of choice among the […]