Polpette alla Romano (Roman-Style Meatballs)

Polpette – aka meatballs – is a staple in much of Italy and can be found on the menu at any old-school restaurant in Rome. Polpette is served as both an antipasti (appetizer) and as a secondi (main course). Americans and Italian both love meatballs while they do differ on how they should be served. Many Americans and Italian restaurants in America believe that...

Clarity on Vodka

There is a lot of chatter lately about the decline of Vodka and rightfully so. However, it’s still the king among spirits in the USA making up about a quarter of all spirits sales. The worry is in the fact that five years ago Vodka accounted for one in three bottles of spirits sold in the nation. It can be reasonably argued that Vodka...

The 143rd Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 6,  America and the world will be glued to their TV sets to watch the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby was first run in 1875 and was witnessed by roughly 10,000 people. The first race was run on a 1 1/2 mile course that was quickly changed to 1 1/4 miles the next year in 1876 and remains...

Glorious Rosé

Walk by any sidewalk cafe in Manhattan, Houston, San Francisco, Atlanta, or Milwaukee and count the glasses of pink wine on the tables. My friends, we are in the midst of a Rosé invasion and all that I can suggest is to surrender. Being in and around the beverage biz for three decades (but who’s counting…) I’ve seen my share of trends and fads...

Pasta Amatriciana

At BevX I like to offer up favorite recipes to our hungry and thirsty readers. I refrain from overloading the content with food recipes but the numbers don’t lie — our readers really eat up the recipes and simply tolerate the bad puns. Today, before revealing the recipe I must make a confession. I do withhold a number of favorite recipes for fear that...

Spring Cocktails 2017

What to drink? By the time spring rolls around I’m tired of thinking about drinks in terms of – what will warm the bones and take the chill out of the air? I’m a seasonal drinker (and eater) and I don’t think that I’m alone. Restaurants change their menus from season to season for just this very reason. We crave different things in winter...

Ordering Wine in a Restaurant

Ordering wine in a restaurant is a task that strikes fear into the hearts of many diners. Many people are intimidated by the entire process afraid to look foolish. Relax. There is no need to approach what should be an enjoyable meal with dread or doubt. Here are a few rules to obey when ordering wine in restaurants. I offer 10 tips on how to...

Irish Whiskey – Then & Now

In a world that is becoming increasingly smaller with each year, you are hard-pressed to find yourself far away from an Irish Pub regardless of your location. Stuck in Manila? I can point you to a great Paddy bar. Ditto for Reykjavík, Rome, Bordeaux, Guadalajara, Munich, Brussels, Hong Kong, and just about anyplace that tolerates the fine art of drinking. The Irish Pub is...

Unsung Italian Wine Varietals

I suppose that we have made progress since we have to dig a bit deeper to uncover the unsung varietals of Italy. Not long ago many grapes that now enjoy minor-celebrity status like: Aglianico, Arneis, Cortese, Falanghina, or Verdicchio were virtually unknown. (If you want to learn about these and more grapes read – Speak Italian Grapes and don’t miss our Italian Wine Primer.) Lucky...

Visiting Rome

Rome truly is the eternal city. It is home to roughly three million and the host to nearly nine million tourists each year. Central Rome is one of the world’s greatest walking cities with unimaginable wonders lying around each corner. Ancient buildings and ruins stand next to masterpieces from the Renaissance and Baroque periods that are all enveloped in modern dwellings and businesses. The...

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