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By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier In the wine industry, you think of Argentina and you immediately think Malbec. Fair enough. It has become the country's signature grape. However Malbec's origins are in France's southwest region of Cahors where it is known as Cot or Auxerrois. The grape remains one of the six "allowable" grapes in Bordeaux, but it was almost completely wiped out in the mid 1900's by the insect Phylloxera. Enter stage left; Argentina!
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
                The Ultimate Easter Wine: Lacryma Christi By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier There are Easter wines and then there are EASTER wines! For your Easter table why not quaff the ultimate Easter wine? Lacryma Christi, literally the "Tears of Christ", is a blend of Piedirossa and Sciascinoso grapes. DNA analysis performed on the residue in ancient casks proves that it is the nearest equivalent to modern day wine which was drunk by the romans. There are two
Ordering Wine at a Restaurant By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier   No matter if the wine list is a single page or a leather bound book, ordering wine at a restaurant shouldn't be intimidating at all...in fact, it can be fun! First, know that a bottle has five 5-ounce glasses in it and should serve three people (ok, not if I am one of those three, but I'll continue). Ask around the table who is drinking
By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier Many people make resolutions at the start of a new year but so few of us keep them. Maybe your unrealistic goals should be replaced with something that is totally enjoyable...like drinking more wine! Here are 5 resolutions that will sure to make 2017 a banner year. 1) Try a new grape variety Even the most ardent wine geek can find themselves drinking the same 5 or 6 wine varietals.
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 it's not made in that place it's not Champagne. Now there are a lot of "sparkling wines", and some are very good, but the process of making real Champagne differs from them. Without going into the entire process, it involves a secondary fermentation
Eggnog is a holiday classic that is enjoyed at parties and gatherings throughout the Holiday season. But, did you know that National Eggnog Day is December 23rd? To celebrate the occasion we've created our very own Eggnog recipe to share with you. What You'll Need 8 eggs, separated 1 tsp freshly ground Nutmeg 1/2 tsp Salt 1/3 c Sugar 1 tsp Vanilla extract 4 cups whole milk 2 cups heavy whipping cream Your choice: bourbon

Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

The exact origin of the sidecar is unclear, but it is thought to have been invented around the end of World War I in either London or Paris. The drink was directly named for the motorcycle attachment. What You'll Need 1.5 ounces Cognac 3/4 ounces Cointreau 3/4 ounces Fresh Lemon Juice Sugar (optional) Directions If you'd like a sugar rim on your glass, coat the rim with lemon juice, place a small amount of sugar

Wine Gift Guide

By Roger Wilco’s Wine Guy and Somm, Jimmy Quaile. Wine makes the perfect gift for a number of reasons. You can buy a good bottle to fit any budget. It has a wide age-range appeal. It's the perfect "emergency" gift to have on hand in case you forgot someone and yet enjoy yourself if you covered all your bases. And lastly, one size fits all and doubles are fine!  So whether you are invited to a
The Bee’s Knees cocktail was created during Prohibition and was one of the first drinks recorded to use honey, which was used instead of plain sugar because it covered up the taste of bootleg, or "bathtub," gin. What You'll Need: 2 ounces gin 3/4 ounces lemon juice 3/4 ounces mixed honey Garnish: Lemon wedge Directions: Fill a shaker with the ingredients and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon wedge.   Shared from The

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