Peruvian Craft Beer is worth the trip Nuevo Mundo Brewery

The craft beer movement revolutionized beer market in the USA. What started as a desire to make and drink better beer instead of bland flavorless mega brews exploded into a movement that is now a worldwide movement. While some countries had interesting beers for its citizens to enjoy, most of us were left searching out those beers in the small imported section in stores. Even most of the imported beer was made by huge breweries in their own countries and imported into the US. It was a step up from most choices we had in the domestic brewing options at … Continue reading Peruvian Craft Beer is worth the trip Nuevo Mundo Brewery

Time to add color to your drinks, some colorful Spring cocktails

As the weather start to warm up with Spring arriving it is time to add color to your cocktails to match the season. Reyka Southside 2 parts Reyka vodka 1 part fresh lime juice ¾ part simple syrup (1:1) 4-6 Mint leaves Combine all ingredients together in cocktail shaker and double strain and garnish with mint leaves. Reyka Vodka is an Icelandic born vodka and provides a smooth and crisp base for both complex and simple cocktails. Sailor Jerry Ginger Apple Cooler 1 part Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum ½ part ginger syrup ¾ part apple juice ¼ part fresh lemon … Continue reading Time to add color to your drinks, some colorful Spring cocktails

International Gin & Tonic Day, April 9

Q Drink Mixers will help you make this day special with their special high quality Tonic water.  What makes Q Tonic so special? Q Tonic is made with real ingredients, i.e. quinine from real trees Lightly sweetened with organic agave. No sugar or high fructose corn syrup Made with high levels of carbonation so it does not become flat in cocktails All natural and low calorie Here are some special cocktails to help you celebrate International Gin and Tonic Day! Pomegranate Gin & Tonic’ Recipe by Distillery 209 2 oz No. 209 Gin 4 oz Q Tonic 20 Pomegranate Seeds … Continue reading International Gin & Tonic Day, April 9

Tarapaca, Gran Reserva, Organic Red Blend, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2014

Tarapaca, Gran Reserva, Organic Red Blend, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2014 is dark garnet red with purple highlights. It is a blend of organically grown grapes consisting of 40% Syrah, 35% Carmenere, and 25% Cabernet Franc. The Tarapaca, Gran Reserva, Organic Red Blend has aromas of slate and other minerals up front with dark berries and wild flowers. Tobacco, earthiness and toasted oak come in as secondary aromas. The fruit comes out stronger in the palate. The tannins are firm but not overbearing, but the Tarapaca, Gran Reserva, Organic Red Blend can benefit from decanting the wine an hour before serving. … Continue reading Tarapaca, Gran Reserva, Organic Red Blend, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2014

Enjoy some fantastic Pinot Noirs from Leyda Vineyards, Leyda Valley, Chile

Leyda, Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile, 2015 is light ruby red in the glass. It has aromas of wild strawberries, violets, herbs and minerals. The Leyda, Pinot Noir has tart red cherry up front on the palate backed by raspberry, tarragon, earth and minerals. The tannins are very light and the mouth feel is medium and very pleasing. The medium finish has nice acidity to give a well-balanced feel to the wine. Enjoy the Leyda, Pinot Noir with roasted pork loin accompanied with roasted sweet potatoes, beets and parsnips.   Leyda, Single Vineyard Las Brisas, Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile, … Continue reading Enjoy some fantastic Pinot Noirs from Leyda Vineyards, Leyda Valley, Chile

Tarapaca Gran Reservas, exceptional wines with great value

Tarapaca, Carmenère, Gran Reserva, Valle de Maipo, Chile, 2014 is dark ruby red in the glass. It has aromas of raspberry, blackberry with light green pepper backed my minerals, especially hints of graphite. The palate is filled with plenty of dark fruit up front with notes of dried fruit, light baking spices and earthy minerals. The Tarapaca, Carmenère, Gran Reserva has light tannins and a full mouth feel with crisp acidity on that lead to a long finish. Tarapaca, Carmenère, Gran Reserva is aged for eight months in French and American oak barrels. It will pair well with herb crusted … Continue reading Tarapaca Gran Reservas, exceptional wines with great value

Lighten up your summer with Spain’s crisp white wine, Albariño

With spring and summer fast approaching it is time to think of lighter meals and what wine to drink with those dishes. Time to age those big red wines in your cava until next fall and stock up on white wines to enjoy. Albariño, a grape from Spain’s northeastern corner is the perfect wine to go with warm weather cuisine. Its crisp acidity works with all kinds of cuisine and satisfies the palate. Here is a list of some of my favorite Albariños from a recent tasting at Miami Beach’s Bylbos restaurant. Bodegas Vionta, You & Me, 2015 has a … Continue reading Lighten up your summer with Spain’s crisp white wine, Albariño

Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s day means wearing of the green.  But, it also means drinking of the green as well.  Mix up these cocktails to show your Irish spirit, everyone is Irish on St. Patricks Day.  Remember if you aren’t wearing green you get pinched, maybe we should include drinking of the green to that as well. Sailor Jerry’s Throw Shade 2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Juice of half a lime 1 ½ parts simple syrup 8 mint leaves Amber lager Muddle simple syrup & mint. Add Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and shake over ice. Double strain. Serve in beer mug … Continue reading Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

Q Mixers and Oscar Night go Hand in Hand with Specialty Cocktails

Q Drinks creates various carbonated beverage with authentic ingredients, more carbonation, and much less sugar to perfectly complement the world’s finest spirits. The Q Drinks brands (which include Q Tonic, Q Soda, Q Ginger Beer, Q Ginger Ale, Q Kola and Q Grapefruit) stand out because: They are made with real ingredients, i.e. quinine from real trees, ginger from real ginger root, etc. Lightly sweetened with organic agave. No sugar or high fructose corn syrup Made with high levels of carbonation to enhance cocktails All natural and low calorie Sparkling Paloma 2 parts Montelobos Mezcal 6 parts Grapefruit Soda Ice … Continue reading Q Mixers and Oscar Night go Hand in Hand with Specialty Cocktails

Get Ready to Open that Bottle Feb. 25 Open That Bottle Night is here

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.  The great thing is just about anything goes, red, white or bubbly, pop that cork and enjoy. 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. … Continue reading Get Ready to Open that Bottle Feb. 25 Open That Bottle Night is here