Recipe: Strawberry Daiquiri Cocktail

Recipe: Strawberry Daiquiri Cocktail

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 rum ¾ oz of fresh lime juice 1 strawberry 6 (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

Memorial Day 2019 – A History of Wine in War

Memorial Day 2019 – A History of Wine in War

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

Cheers to You, Mom — A Brief History of Mother’s Day

Cheers to You, Mom — A Brief History of Mother’s Day

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

The Basics of Bubbly

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

Wine Gift Guide 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

Thanksgiving Wine Pairing UPDATED!

Thanksgiving Wine Pairing UPDATED!

  Thanksgiving Wine Pairing 2018 By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier 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

Whiskey: To “e” or not to “e”

Whiskey: To “e” or not to “e”

    Whiskey: To ‘e’ or not to ‘e’ By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier WHAT IS WHISKEY? Whiskey is simply a distilled alcohol obtained from fermented grains.  But an even easier explanation could be “Distilled beer minus the hops”. Like beer, malted barley and other grains are the source of the sugars necessary for fermentation. In beer, hops ( a flower) helps balance beer’s sweetness, whereas with whiskey, oak aging balances the whiskey’s flavors. Yeast

The Port Wine Guide

The Port Wine Guide

The Port Wine Guide  By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier Port is a wine originating from the Douro river valley in Portugal and is named after the town of Oporto. The wine is a blend of grapes, the most common being Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Touriga Roriz (a.k.a. Spain’s Tempranillo). It is also “fortified”, meaning the neutral spirit Aguardente (sometimes simply referred to as Brandy) is added, which stops the remaining sugar from fermenting and

Prohibition: A Short History of The Noble Experiment

Prohibition: A Short History of The Noble Experiment By Jimmy Quaille, Certified Sommelier The 18th Amendment to the Constitution prohibiting the sale of alcohol became the law of the land for 13 years starting at 12:01 am on the 17th of January, 1920. Some states refused to appropriate funds to enforce it and other states, like Maryland never enacted the code in the first place…but not for the reasons you may think. Alcoholism certainly was

Roll Out The Barrel

Roll Out The Barrel  By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier “Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.” -Joyce Kilmer I doubt Joyce Kilmer was thinking of wine barrels when he wrote his eponymous poem Trees. But even in the wine world, there is nothing lovelier or more overlooked than a tree.  And making the right tree into wine barrels has more to do with the quality of the wine

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