Parker Beam, Bourbon Legend Passes at age 75

It’s with great sadness that I must report that we have lost one of the good ones. Parker Beam, a legend in the Bourbon world and a great man, has passed at the age of 75 after a greater than six year battle with ALS. Parker waged his battle with ALS courageously and publicly, raising great sums of research funds via his Parker Beam...

A Sparkling Wine Primer

Bubbly is welcomed on any day and at any hour. If you are waiting for a special occasion to enjoy a glass of bubbly you need to make some serious life changes today! Bubbly can make any day feel like a celebration and I can’t imagine kicking off a dinner with friends without bubbly. Of course, many will continue to associate bubbly with weddings,...

Christmas Eve Braised Beef Brisket

Nothing triggers holiday memories like big, bold smells that fill the house. If you want your friends and family to salivate well before dinner try this classic Christmas Eve Braised Beef Brisket. It’s not tricky to make and the cooking time far out paces the prep time. It keeps well in a warm oven so you can make it early in the day (it will...

Great Holiday Gift Ideas 2016

Are you waiting until the last minute to do your holiday gift buying? You’re not alone. Last-minute shoppers represented 36 percent of the overall total. If you are among the many who have not completed their holiday shopping we have assembled a few, straightforward gifts ideas for you. Give the Gift of Wine If you are a BevX reader there is a good chance...

Holiday Season Humor

Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year. P. J. O’Rourke I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included. Bernard Manning In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the...

Raise a Glass to Repeal Day

On the 16th day of January 1919 the loudest and squeakiest wheel of all squeaky wheels of the day, the Temperance Union, achieved their ultimate desire with the passing of the Eighteenth Amendment. The Eighteenth Amendment prohibited the production, transport, and sale of intoxicating liquors in the United States. The proponents of the law believed that all of society’s ills would be magically washed...

Ho-Ho Hot Cocktails for Winter and Fall

When the snow is flying and the fire is roaring cozying up with a cool Margarita just seems wrong. Granted, I am a seasonal eater and drinker and I fully embrace this trait. I think that most of us crave a little warm up in the cooler months and what’s better for the body and soul than a tasty hot cocktail. Besides, we have...

Exploring Rhone Wine Varietals

The New World wines inspired by the great wines from France’s Rhone region have earned a loyal following. Syrah and Viognier used to get all of the attention but adventurous wine lovers are discovering that there is so much more from the Rhone that is worth knowing. With that said, Viognier and Syrah clearly rule the roost. Acres of Viognier outpace the sum of...

Apple & Cider Fritters (with Calvados glaze)

Tired of pumpkin everything in fall? What about apples? Are not apples a fruit of fall? Let’s celebrate apples in an easy to make dessert/snack that also incorporates two other apple products we love: cider and Calvados. I love a good and fresh apple fritter but don’t like the huge and goopy fritters that we see too often. After several attempts to make the...

Halloween Cocktails

Save the mini candy bars, the insipid candy corn, and dental challenging candy apples for the kids. Halloween may be focused on the munchkins but that doesn’t mean that we adults can’t have a holiday inspired treat. These Halloween cocktails are short on the tricks and long on the treat. We are offering up four cocktails for Halloween weekend. These drinks offer carrying degrees...

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