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20 May 2018

Amazing White Rioja Wines

Amazing White Rioja Wines The Rioja region has been a wine making region for thousands of years but the modern style we know as Rioja today came about with French influence–and perhaps directly from Bordeaux. The Rioja region is located along the Camino de Santiago which is an ancient religious...
02 Apr 2018

What Wines To Pair With Chocolate?

Wine and chocolate have a lot of similarities to each other. For one, they’re both considered aphrodisiacs and they both contain flavanols (antioxidants). Despite these striking similarities, it’s somewhat challenging to pair wine and chocolate together. Chocolate and Wine? For example, if you taste a delicious glass of dry red wine alongside...
05 Mar 2018

Digestif or Digestivo

Digestif or Digestivo A digestif is an alcoholic beverage served after a meal, to aid digestion. When served after a coffee course, it may be called pousse-café. Digestifs are usually taken straight. Common kinds of digestif include: Brandy (Cognac, Armagnac, alembic-made) Eaux de vie (fruit brandies, Schnapps, Calvados) Pomace brandy...
18 Apr 2017

What the heck is “Mezcal?”

What the heck is “Mezcal?” Remember that REAL tequila is made from BLUE agave and only in very specific regions? Well, when those guidelines are not followed, what you have is Mezcal (Mess-Call). Made from the more common Maguey plant (a cousin to the blue agave), Mezcal has a smoky...
14 Apr 2017

Understanding the Types of Tequila

What is the difference between regular Tequila and Premium Tequila? Most premium tequilas are made from 100% blue agave (they will state this on the label), resulting in a spirit with complex aromatics and flavours. Regular tequilas contain a minimum of 51% blue agave and are blended with neutral grain...
10 Jan 2017

Italian Reds?

Italian Reds? The best way to make sense of Italian red wines is to simply start tasting them. Italy offers the perfect red wine for every occasion—from pizza on Monday, to roast beef with the in-laws on Sunday, and everything between. Many of Italy’s best red wines are labeled with...