The Everything Guide to Tequila
Just like Champagne, Tequila has an appellation of origin: if you don’t make it out of blue agave plants from certain regions surrounding Tequila, Mexico (Jalisco, Guanajuato, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas), then it cannot be called tequila.
According to Andrés Rodríguez, the international president of the Mexican Academy of Tequila, explains that tequila is not meant to be taken suddenly. You should drink it slowly, to enjoy its aromas and flavors. He also made a list of the best tequila brands, based on the quality of the spirit, so you make the best decision when you have to choose a bottle for a special occasion, and you are not seduced by sophisticated bottles and high prices that do not guarantee the best tequila.
A Brief History Lesson
Tequila was first produced in the 16th century near the city of Tequila, which was not officially established until 1666. A fermented beverage from the agave plant known as pulque was consumed in pre-Columbian ...
Let's Talk About Holiday Spirits
As the weather cools, why not take comfort in some of these classic holiday treats!
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, nog was "a kind of strong beer brewed in East Anglia." In Britain, the drink was popular mainly among the aristocracy. Fresh milk, eggs, sherry, cinnamon, and nutmeg were foods of the wealthy, so eggnog was often used in toasts to prosperity and good health. The drink crossed the Atlantic to the British colonies during the 18th century. Since brandy and wine were heavily taxed, rum from the Caribbean was a cost-effective substitute. The inexpensive liquor, coupled with plentiful farm and dairy products available to colonists, helped the drink become very popular in America.
2. Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is very popular and traditional in the United Kingdom and the United States at Christmas. In contemporary culture, there is no specific recipe for mulled wine and the spices involved in its recipe. It is commonly a combination o...
The holidays are a great time to bring family together over a great meal, conversation, and great wine.
It can be overwhelming choosing a wine for your gathering since people’s wine palettes change with age and experience. Luckily, the holidays are a great time to allow your guests a little freedom in their wine choices. A more flavorful red can often be paired with a sweeter white or rose to bring the whole family together around the dinner table, so feel free to offer a selection.
Here are a few of our pairing recommendations:
Holiday Ham: The darker more powerful flavors of ham can stand up to a stronger more flavorful wine. We recommend a Zinfandel, the raspberry and sweet pipe tobacco flavors will blend well with the ham and make a meal your family will remember fondly for years to come.
Butternut Squash: Where butter is concerned, Chardonnay is always a good bet. There's a reason one description of all the top Chardonnay’s is buttery.
Pumpkin and Pe...
What are microbrews and craft beers exactly?
Microbreweries and craft breweries are breweries that produce beer in smaller quantities and are generally considered to have higher quality than mass-market breweries. Microbrews are defined by having less than 15,000 barrels of beer produced each year, are independently owned and tend to focus on offering high quality beer. Craft brews are similarly categorized; they need to produce less than six million barrels of beer a year, 75% of the company must be owned by a craft brewer, and the craft beer needs to be brewed in a traditional way, meaning at least 50% of the beer must be traditional ingredients like malted barley or hops. While those are the set standards for what makes a craft or microbrewery, most consumers focus on the taste to define their microbrew and craft beer. Because they are smaller companies and use more traditional means for brewing, craft and microbreweries focus on using high quality ingredients and brewing methods to provide the best tasting beer possible.
Whiskey Or Whisky: That is the Question
But spelling is only the first of many questions the novice whisk(e)y novice must contemplate. Various grains (which may be malted) are used for different varieties, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Whisk(e)y is then typically aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred white oak. It is this variety of grain and barrel aging that give each whisk(e)y its unique flavor.
The word "whiskey" is an Anglicisation of the first word in the Gaelic phrase, uisce beatha, meaning "water of life."
There are many types of whisk(e)y, and they vary by country and region. Here are the biggies.
Must be made from mash that consists of at least 51% corn and aged in new charred oak barrels. Bourbon is a type of American whiskey, a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. The name is derived from the French Bourbon dynasty, although it is unclear precisely what inspired the whiskey's name (conten...