Understanding the Solera Process

When you read about Sherry and Brandy de Jerez you will undoubtedly encounter the term Solera. Increasingly we also seeing solera on the labels of others spirits such as Rum. Also, Italy’s famous Balsamic vinegar – the good versions – are aged in a similar process. A solera is a unique aging method that blends younger wines or spirits with older in order to...

Hosting Burns Night – Whisky & Joy

Hosting a Burns Night in your home can be easy and fun. Let’s face it, a night of Scottish poems and songs accompanied by Scotch Whisky is a great way to beat the winter blues. If you are adventurous perhaps you might want to make our modern haggis recipe. The Whisky For many Whisky is the star of the show for Burns Night. You...

Robert Burns & The Burns Supper

For the Scots, Robert Burns is a national treasure and their greatest poet. Sadly, much of world is vaguely familiar with his name at best while most know one of his works, Auld Lang Syne (clue, think New Year’s Eve). Much of his work was composed in the Scots Lowland dialect (a dialect of Gaelic) and even his more “international” works were written in...

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...

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