Why the Rooster on Some Chianti Bottles?

Why is there a black rooster on the neck of some Chianti bottles? In the Middle Ages, when the republics of Florence and Siena were battling for territory in the Chianti region, they came up with a novel method to end the conflict. It was agreed that two knights would set out from their respective cities and establish the border wherever they met. Departure was to be at dawn and the starting signal at each

Pumpkin Spice Martini

Pumpkin Spice Martini

Roger Wilco’s Pumpkin Spice Martini is made with Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice. This Martini is perfect to make for your guests this fall! What You’ll Need: 1.5 ounces of vanilla flavored vodka (such as Stoli) 1.5 ounces of Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice 1.5 ounces of pumpkin flavored liqueur 1 cup ice cubes 1 pinch ground cinnamon 1 pinch ground nutmeg Directions: Pour the vanilla flavored vodka, Bailey’s, and pumpkin flavored liqueur into a cocktail shaker over ice.

Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

By Roger Wilco’s Wine Guy and Somm, Jimmy Quaile. The long-standing rule of matching wine and food – red wine with meat and white wine with fish – actually has a scientific explanation. Then again, I doubt too many people eat meat or fish without a compliment of side dishes…especially on such a gastronomic feast as Thanksgiving.  So how do you pair the perfect wine for a meal that is a minefield of competing tastes and flavors? Eliminate

Meet our Somm, Jimmy Quaile

Meet our Somm, Jimmy Quaile

James Quaile, known by most as Jimmy, spent his entire life in entertainment as a drummer and singer in his family band, The Quailes. The group, which consists of Jimmy’s brothers and sisters, has played casinos and performing arts venues around the country. Jimmy operated his own restaurant for 10 years, Big Daddy’s Crabcakes, with his wife (and chef) Janet, garnering a “Best Of Philly” recognition. With a passion for wine, Jimmy passed the Court

What is Port?

What is Port?

By Roger Wilco’s Wine Guy and Somm, Jimmy Quaile. Officially, real port wine comes only from the Douro region in Portugal. Port is a fortified wine, which means it’s a wine that begins production like any other wine but brandy is added early to stop fermentation. This raises the alcohol level and leaves sugars un-fermented, resulting in a sweet wine. There are variations, but the most common are Ruby and Tawny. Ruby Port As you might guess

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