Want to cool off with a refreshing, fruity frozen cocktail? Celebrate National Daiquiri Day on July 19 by creating your own Strawberry Daiquiri! This summer staple only requires four ingredients: 1 ½ oz of aged Jamaican or Puerto Rican rum¾ oz of fresh lime juice1 strawberry6 (or however many you prefer) ice cubes And believe it or not, creating this cocktail is even easier than finding its ingredients. Just add everything into a blender, blend
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By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier The perception is that France’s love of wine goes back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. That is actually not the case. Before World War I, people from different regions of France drank different things. Some drank beer and others drank wine, and EVERYONE drank Absinthe, the highly-alcoholic and Anise-flavored spirit. Absinthe was the drink of choice for the so-called “Lost Generation” of authors and artists like Hemingway, Baudelaire, Van
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Cheers to You, Mom — A Brief History of Mother’s Day By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier When we think of Mother’s Day, we typically think of flowers, chocolates, brunches, and quality family time. But where did it all begin in each part of the world? The ancient Greeks honored mothers by paying tribute to Rhea, the mother of all gods. The Romans had their own mother of gods, Cybele, who they built an entire temple
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The Bellini was invented sometime between 1934 and 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar, the iconic drinking establishment in Venice, Italy. The sunset-pink color reminded Cipriani of the toga worn in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini…hence the name. The drink consists of puréed white peaches and Prosecco. The original recipe was made with a bit of raspberry or cherry juice to give the drink a pink glow like the painting. Prosecco
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April 17, 2019

Easter Wine Pairings

By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier Easter is the perfect time to gather around the table with your family and enjoy delicious food, fun conversations, and great wine. Here are some Easter food and wine pairings to try this year! And don’t worry if you don’t have or like the go-to wine for each food, because we listed some perfect alternatives. Food                             
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March 19, 2019

What Is Sake?

What is Sake? By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier Sake is an alcoholic beverage that is brewed from rice. It was first produced in China in 4800 BC, making it the oldest known spirit in the world. How is Sake made? Sake is made by fermenting Rice, Koji, water, and yeast. The rice is “polished,” or milled, to remove the outer layers of each grain along with fats and proteins. The level to which it is
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February 6, 2019

My Sherry Amore

My Sherry Amore By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier Sherry is perhaps the wine world’s best kept secret. In fact, at one point it was regarded as the world’s finest wine. Shakespeare wrote about it in many works, Columbus took it with him on his second trip to America, and Magellan spent more money on it than on weapons. Sherry can be used in cooking and in cocktails, should be sipped before and after meals, and
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December 18, 2018

The Basics of Bubbly

The Basics of Bubbly  By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier All Champagne is sparkling wine but not all sparkling wine is Champagne! The name Champagne is so branded that it has become a catch-all for all sparkling wine, much to the great chagrin of France. They do have a point…Champagne is a place. If the wine is not made in that place it’s not Champagne. Look at it this way; an Idaho potato has to come
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December 6, 2018

Wine Gift Guide 2018

Wine Gift Guide 2018 By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier Which wine should I give when I don’t know “wine”? Wine makes the perfect gift for a number of reasons. You can buy a good bottle to fit any budget, it’s the perfect “emergency” gift to have on hand in case you forgot someone, one size fits all, PLUS, it’s a gift you can enjoy yourself if you covered all your bases.  However it can be
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When Two Become One The Science of Wine & Food Pairing By Certified Sommelier, Jimmy Quaile The ‘apple of my eye’, a ‘bitter pill to swallow’, ‘sour grapes’, and ‘take with a grain of salt’ are all clichés that demonstrate the connection taste has with our emotions. It also has to do with evolution. A bitter taste was an indication that the food was poisonous, whereas the taste of sweetness was sign of nutrients and
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