Discover Cahors – Malbec’s Original Triumph

Contributed by Taylor Eason @ tayloreason.com It was called “Black Wine” for years – the French Malbec wines from Cahors in France’s Southwest region. The British were the main consumers of this rich, unctuous and tannic drink until the root louse phylloxera decimated the vineyards in the late 1800’s. 100 years later, after replanting with terroir in mind, the Cahors wine producers awakened to...

Memorial Day

For too many I fear, Memorial Day is simply the unofficial start of summer. It’s a welcomed three-day weekend and celebrated with parades, grilling, and maybe a baseball game. All of these activities sound pretty fun to me as well. Perhaps in the midst of the fun that a long weekend brings we could devote a minute or two of  reflection on the meaning...

Whiskey’s Essential Element – Wood

If we were to line-up the ingredients utilized to create Whiskey we would gather grain (of varying types and forms depending upon the Whiskey we are making), water, yeast, and WOOD! Among all of the materials used in the creation of Whiskey wood is the most important of all contributing anywhere from 50% to 80% of Whiskey’s aromas and flavors. This ratio of wood’s...

Great Pairings Two – Parmigiano-Reggiano and Sangiovese

Parmigiano-Reggiano and Sangiovese wines, especially Italian born Sangiovese wines, are a tremendous match. Often I’m happy with just these two things with maybe some bread thrown in. In the first Great Pairing I broke a rule of mine by suggesting a cheese before the meal. Today I break another rule by having cheese with red wine. I suppose it’s best to start with the...

Coq au Vin at Home

Coq au Vin is a classic French dish that is a rather simplistic recipe at heart but like so many dishes in the genre there is the good, the bad, and the ugly. Everyone seems to have their own variation of Coq au Vin. If you were to order Coq au Vin in seven different restaurants on seven consecutive nights you would likely find...

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