Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a Milagro Tequila Paloma Negra

Halloween may be the most fun holiday in America. While it may not be recognized as a federal holiday and everyone still has work and school when it happens on weekdays, kid and adults alike love to dress up. Mexico has a unique way of celebrating the end of October and start of November. From October 31 through November 2 Mexican celebrate Dias de los Muertos, “Day Of The Dead.” This holiday is to remember the dead with food, drinks, colorfully decorated skulls. Dias de los Muertos has been celebrated for thousands of years since Aztec times. Today is more … Continue reading Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a Milagro Tequila Paloma Negra

Spooky Halloween Cocktails

With ghouls and goblins roaming the streets one needs to be fortified with tasty cocktails. Make sure to try these spooky cocktails to fend off any evil spirits.   Blood Orange Cocktails 1/2 cups fresh blood-orange juice (from 7 to 8 blood oranges), chilled 6 tablespoons Solerno or other blood-orange liqueur Combine blood-orange juice and liqueur in a large pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Pour into test tubes or small glasses (serves 6). Please note: Cocktails can be refrigerated in pitcher overnight. Stir before using.   The Green Goblin cocktail is available for $10 on Friday, October 30th … Continue reading Spooky Halloween Cocktails

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Chopin Vodka helps the fight

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and reminds us that we must be vigilant in this fight. Everyone knows someone who has been touched by this horrible disease, either a relative or a friend. This realization has made a big impact on raising awareness and funds to fight this horrible disease. Chopin has been actively involved in the fight against breast cancer. Chopin features their special Pink Ribbon bottle, available in both 750 ml and 1liter bottle sizes. Over the last four years they have donated over $59,000 with proceeds from the Pink Ribbon bottle to aid breast cancer research. … Continue reading October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Chopin Vodka helps the fight

South Florida’s #1 beer fest, Grovetoberfest

On Friday October 16, 2015 it was a rainy day in Miami. The forecast for Saturday the 17th wasn’t looking any better. Would this year’s Grovetoberfest be a rainy mess? The updated forecast late Friday night showed a rain free window from 3pm to 7pm Saturday afternoon. It looks like the rain gods would grant Grovetoberfest Guru Tony Albelo a reprieve from a soggy Saturday beer fest. When Saturday morning arrived the clouds were everywhere but they were keeping their rain to themselves. As the day wore on the clouds were starting to thin and even a piece of blue … Continue reading South Florida’s #1 beer fest, Grovetoberfest

“Wine Bible” author Karen McNeil comes to Books and Books in Coral Gables this Thursday

It is probably fair to say that everybody who is interested in wine and wants to learn as much as possible about the subject has a copy of Karen McNeil’s “Wine Bible.” The one thing missing was indepth coverage about the wines of South America and other emerging wine regions. Wine lovers can rejoice because Karen McNeil is about to release an updated copy of her “Wine Bible,” and now all their questions about New World wines will be answered. This Thursday October 15 at 7 pm Books and Books in Coral Gables is proud to host Karen McNeil with … Continue reading “Wine Bible” author Karen McNeil comes to Books and Books in Coral Gables this Thursday

Some of the season’s best pumpkin ales

Pumpkin Ales were common when barley wasn’t plentiful to brew beers dating back to America’s colonial days. Pumpkin was abundant in the autumn when barley was scarce. Many of today’s brewers have rediscovered this style of beer and typically use baking spices to modernize this form of beer. Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville, CA, Fall Hornin’, Pumpkin Ale is reddish brown with a dark tan head. Aromas of roasted malt blend with pumpkin spices. The palate follows the nose, but the pumpkin comes in stronger and softens the baking spices. This ale tastes like fall and is a great rendition … Continue reading Some of the season’s best pumpkin ales

A delicous Pink Pinot Grigio

Attems, Pinot Grigio, Romato, Venezia Giulia, IGT, 2014 has a romantic pink rose color. A pink wine from a white grape? That is what you are wondering. “Romato” refers to a coppery color in Italian. When Pinot Grigio grapes hang onto the vine they start to develop a coppery tone on their skins. The wine maker at Attems lets the grape juice from the pinot grigio grapes to sit on the skins for 24 hours. This extra step prior to fermentation gives the Attems Romato its pretty pink color. The nose displays aromas of wild flowers, perfume, lime peel and … Continue reading A delicous Pink Pinot Grigio

Beers to drink during Oktoberfest

Munich’s Oktoberfest was first held in 1810 to celebrate the Marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig 1) to Marie Therese. The whole city of Munich celebrated with beer, traditional food and horse races. This year is the 182nd Oktoberfest celebration. 2010 was technically the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest, but 2 world wars and other events saw Oktoberfest cancelled for several years. Oktoberfest is now in mid swing with more than 6 million people expected to attend the celebration. Hacker-Pschorr, Original Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany is amber in the glass with virtually no head. It has very nice aromas of … Continue reading Beers to drink during Oktoberfest