Saturday, November 21, 2015

Britians boldy brew beer bound for abroad: the India Pale Ale (IPA)

The development of Pale Ale proved very, very popular in England, and as the British Empire expanded, expatriates wanted a taste of home. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

La Vie en Rosé

You've probably noticed the displays of rosé in your local grocery store of wine shop. There's a sea of pink colored wine, but how is one different from the others?

Here's a place to start.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Get yer goat on!

Spring time is goat time!

Goat milk is lower in fat than sheep or cow milk, so the lightness of goat milk cheeses is perfect for warmer weather.

You might be familiar with popular favorites like the chèvre log or Humbolt Fog, but its time for you to try something different.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Beer's Holy Grail from a Pint-sized Country


Two of my neighborhood pubs have had Belgian beer events recently, so lately I've had Belgium beer on the brain, both figuratively and literally.

Belgium has a variety of unique beer styles, but the beers most often associated with Belgium are the Trappist Abbey ales.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Winter Whites

You might think of white wine exclusively for drinking on a sunny porch during the summer, but white wines also can be full bodied and pair well with heartier winter dishes. 

If you aren't a fan of white wine, Southern Rhone whites will change your mind.

Monday, February 9, 2015

England's King of Cheeses

Stilton (Stihl-tn), a semi-soft, cow's milk blue cheese, was oddly enough, not originally made in Stilton. 

Stilton is named for the place that made it famous, and Stilton is, along with Roquefort and Gorgonzola, one of the world's most famous blue cheeses.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Barleywine - is it wine or is it beer?

A cold, dark winter evening is the perfect time to hunker down with a glass of barleywine, a dark, strong, malty ale originating in England.

It's dark, complex, sometimes bittersweet, sometimes fruity, and always very alcoholic.  

And no, it is definitely not wine.