Open that Bottle Night, February 23, 2019

Open that bottle night is not official holiday, yet. But for wine lovers it is a reason to open that special bottle that you’ve been laying down for that special occasion. We all own that one bottle, waiting for the special occasion that never seems to happen. Former “Wall Street Journal” wine writers Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher started “Open That Bottle Night” in February 2000. They started that night for people to have a reason to, well, open that special bottle. This year “Open That Bottle Night” is February 23rd, 2019. So this Saturday pick out that bottle … Continue reading Open that Bottle Night, February 23, 2019

Wine Star’s “2018 Spirit Brand of the Year” Venezuela’s Diplomático Rum

Diplomatico Rum has been produced in Venezuela since 1959 and has widely be recognized as one of the premier wine producers around the world.  Diplomatic was was recognized as Wine Star’s “2018 Spirit Brand of the Year.” Diplomatico produces several lines of rums, including Traditional Range, Distillery Range and Prestige Range.  The cocktails here feature rums of the Traditional Range. The Reserva Exclusiva is an amber hued rum that has aged up to 12 years in small oak barrels to give it a rich and complex nose and mouthfeel that make it perfect for sipping as well as traditional flavorful … Continue reading Wine Star’s “2018 Spirit Brand of the Year” Venezuela’s Diplomático Rum

Quebec’s Unibroure Celebrates 25 years with Ale Gâteau Foret Noire

Quebec’s Unibroue is celebrating its 25th anniversary and to celebrate they needed a special beer. They also needed a cake for the party, so they put the cake in the bottle, a black forest cake, Ale Gâteau Foret Noire. Ale Gâteau Foret Noire, 10.5%abv, is dark brown in the glass with a quickly receding tan fluffy head. The Ale Gâteau’s nose is filled with dark roasted sweet malt, espresso beans and baking spices.   The palate is filled with a creamy sweet maltiness backed by tart cherry and spices. The mouthful is full and rich and the high alcohol doesn’t lead to … Continue reading Quebec’s Unibroure Celebrates 25 years with Ale Gâteau Foret Noire

Super Bowl cocktails straight from Vegas

Besides Atlanta, Las Vegas is the hottest place to watch the Super Bowl.  And what better place to watch the Los Angeles Rams battle the New England Patriots? The Race & Sports Book at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is the place to catch off the action. Chef Mixologist, Mariena Mercer has created the perfect cocktails to enjoy all of the action.  Can’t make it to Vegas?  Luckily, Richsworldofdrinks has all of the recipes so you can create them at home while watching the big game.    The Greatest Show on Turf: Tackle this Old Fashioned of Don Julio Reposado Tequila, … Continue reading Super Bowl cocktails straight from Vegas

Skipper’s Creek, Chardonnay, Powhatan, VA, 2015

Skipper’s Creek, Powhatan, VA, 2015, is light golden yellow in the glass. The nose expresses notes of tropical fruit like banana, pineapple, and some red delicious apple. Those tropical fruits explode on the palate especially the pineapple. Lemon and lime sneak in under the pineapple and give this wine the acidity it needs to round out the palate. That welcome acidity leads to a long finish. The Skipper’s Creek, Chardonnay, 2015 was aged in stainless steel, that’s what allows all of the fruit to come out and not be masked by any outside influences. Enjoy this wine with roasted red … Continue reading Skipper’s Creek, Chardonnay, Powhatan, VA, 2015

Sierra Nevada still strong with the latest trendy beer styles

Sierra Nevada Brewing has been a favorite of mine for the last 35 years or so. Starting with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with it’s hop forward flavors and never looking back to tasteless mass produced beer again. Sierra Nevada, Mills River, North Carolina, Hazy Little Thing IPA, 6.7 ABV, has a big fluffy white head sitting atop a cloudy golden yellow body. A big hoppy, citrusy nose is a sign of great things to come. There is also a mineral flintiness on the back of the nose. The hops are prominent on the front end of the palate balanced with … Continue reading Sierra Nevada still strong with the latest trendy beer styles

Winter Holiday Brews 2018 Part 2

Brooklyn Brewery, Black Chocolate Stout, Winter 2018, 10%abv, is the best example of Russian Imperial Stout brewed today. Worthy of Russian Czars, this malty ale is opaque black with a dark tan head, just like a black hole, no light that enters it will escape. The heady nose is loaded with dark chocolate, black malt and heavily roasted espresso beans. The rich mouth is like a cappuccino with extra shots of espresso with creamy dark chocolate mousse folded into it. On the back of the palate there is a nice acidity that rounds out the full mouth feel. This beer … Continue reading Winter Holiday Brews 2018 Part 2

Winter Holiday Brews Part 1

As the holiday season fast approaches, it is time to figure out what beers to drink sitting by the fireplace or just enjoying family and friends.  Beer is the perfect beverage for these informal gatherings.  Winter ales and lagers tend to have a higher alcohol content to keep the cold winter evenings at bay. They give everyone a nice warm glow, just be careful, it is easy to overindulge on these tasty treats. Breckenridge Brewery, Christmas Ale, Breckenridge,CO, 7.1% abv. has a dark amber color with a thin tan head. The nose is filled with roasted dark malt, sweet caramel … Continue reading Winter Holiday Brews Part 1

Skipper’s Creek Vineyards, Merriwether Red Wine, Powhatan, VA, 2016

One of the great things about living in Richmond, VA is the history that surrounds this city. The state capitol building was designed by Thomas Jefferson and sits atop a hill overlooking the James River, and Jefferson’s home Monticello is just over an hour north in Virginia wine country. Wineries are all over Virginia and easily accessible from Richmond in any direction. Richmond is also home to many small breweries producing outstanding ales and lagers. Virginia also has a part of history of moonshine during prohibition that is being revived by a few small distilleries. Skipper’s Creek Vineyard in Powhatan, … Continue reading Skipper’s Creek Vineyards, Merriwether Red Wine, Powhatan, VA, 2016

Blue Mountain Barrel House, Spooky

Blue Mountain Barrel House, Spooky, Arrington, Virginia, 8.2% abv. Is light brown in the glass with a tan head.  Spooky forgoes the pumpkin pie spices; instead it was brewed with pureed pumpkin and cocoa nibs and aged in charred bourbon barrels.  The nose is tinged with roasted malt, and pumpkin and vanilla and caramel from the bourbon barrels.  The cocoa is in the background towards the back end of the nose.  The palate pretty much follows the direction of the nose.   The finish is medium but leaves you wanting more. The Blue Mountain Spooky is unique because the brewer takes a different approach to his … Continue reading Blue Mountain Barrel House, Spooky