Licorice Alcohol

Licorice AlcoholWe recently hosted our monthly “Booze Group” and held a tasting of licorice alcohol, paired with Greek food. The most commonly known licorice-tasting drinks are Ouzo, Sambuca, Pastis, Pernod and Absinthe. Others include Arak, Anisette/Anis, Raki, Aguardiente and Xtabentun. Read on for details of the anise-flavored booze we tasted, and the menu. Continue reading

Beach Wines

Beach Wines from ItalyAs the summer days cool off, there’s still plenty of time to open some beach wines. No, not wines that you take to the beach. Sadly, there aren’t many of those days left this summer. Rather, wines that come from coastal areas with a beach. As well, it’s fun to pair wine with food from the same country. For example, an Italian Chianti complements Pasta Bolognese. The same goes for wines grown near beaches. For instance, we tasted these crisp white wines that go well with regional meals.
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Summer Reds

Summer RedsFire up the barbecue – it’s grilling season and time for some summer reds. So bring out the glasses and pour your favorite red wine to complement tangy ribs, juicy hamburgers and succulent steak. Likewise, find some cedar planks to barbecue salmon, halibut or swordfish that pair well with Pinot Noir. Above all, here are 40 summer reds that we tasted from Washington, Oregon, California, British Columbia, South Africa, Italy, Armenia, France and Chile.
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Drink Pink

Glasses of RoseSummer is here and it’s time to drink pink! We officially started on June 11, National Rosé Day. But the weather around here did not cooperate for a deck party, so instead we hosted one two weeks later. We discovered many colors of rosé, from the palest of pinks to rich cranberry and even orange. We poured 21 bottles to 20 friends. Read on for our thoughts on the ones we tasted and recommend.

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