Here we are in November, often craving hot drinks, not cold. So, in deference to the season, I brewed a sweet hibiscus syrup that I add to steaming rum punch before dividing it between mugs. It’s a bracing, warming tipple perfect for the cold winter nights ahead. Read on.
Inspiration via a delicious Loire Valley tradition
Nov 26, 2013 3:15 pm
The concept of apéritif is nothing new: In European cultures where dinner happens later, it's common to gather with friends for drinks and snacks beforehand. But my recent trip to France's Loire Valley — a region of fairy tale villages, cinematic castles and sublime wine and gastronomy, spread along the Loire River in the center of the country — provided particular inspiration for this meal-that's-not-quite-a-meal. Here's what you need to know about apéritifs.
While beer is slowly earning its dues as a perfect food pairing, especially with diverse spreads like a Thanksgiving feast, this is your chance to surprise everyone by matching each course with a different type of beer. It’s not an easy task (the shelves are flooded with winter and fall seasonals), but keep it simple and you'll nail it. Here are the beers you should pair with Thanksgiving dinner.
Every year, it’s the same story: what to pair with the Thanksgiving Day meal. Here’s a newsflash for you: nothing pairs with the Thanksgiving Day meal. Or rather, so many different wines pair with so many different parts of the meal that trying to match one or two to the spread is an exercise in oeno-futility. But don't worry, we got your back.
Ice is arguably the most important ingredient in a modern cocktail. That may seem like an odd statement, but hear us out on this one. Simon Ford attended a seminar on the subject given by well-known bartender Richie Boccato and checked in with these pearls of wisdom.
Kermit Lynch may not be a household name — nor the most well-known Kermit to most Americans, for that matter — but to many wine drinkers, he's a legend. Online reviews for his wine shop in Berkeley are almost uniformly raves, and his U.S. distribution of French and Italian wines leads smart drinkers to Old World varietals with character. Here's a candid chat with the man himself.
In Around The World In 80 Wine Varietals, contributor Chantal Martineau unearths how a particular grape drinks differently around the globe and recommends five bottles from around the globe. Next up, Gamay.
Japanese whisky always seemed to take a backseat to other whiskies, but no more. Japanese whiskies in general and Chichibu Malts in particular are now ranked among the best in the world. Here are tasting notes from five whiskies you'll wanna know about, from whisky authority and author Elizabeth Riley Bell.