What determines wine prices?

It’s a fact of life: some wines simply cost more than others. There are many reasons for this. Let’s start in the vineyard. Certain grapes are harder to grow and require more vineyard management like pruning, canopy control and bacteria/pest prevention. Older vines produce less – but better – fruit, and maintaining them is more […]

Treat palate differently when flying

Generally, airplane food is lousy. Although better in business and first class, it still suffers. Perhaps some of the way food and drink tastes high in the sky has to do with the altitude. When we’re cruising along thousands of feet above the earth, whatever we ingest gets altered, twisted, and becomes bland. At those […]

Moonshine puts the ‘rot’ in ‘rotgut’

It goes by many names: hooch, white lightning, mountain dew, panther’s breath, bathtub gin, rotgut, corn liquor, popskull, etc. Most of us, however, know it best as “moonshine” and because of Hollywood, conjure up images of rednecks and hillbillies in the back woods of Tennessee or Kentucky making the stuff in primitive stills. Regardless of […]

Drinking upscale for the holidays

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year filled with family, friends, festive get-togethers, and of course, great meals. What we sip with our festive foods should be something that is a notch or two above the ordinary. This is a great opportunity to pull out those special or rare bottles you’ve been hanging […]

South American wines come of age

South America produces some wonderful wines. Most noteworthy are those from Chile and Argentina, and to a lesser degree, Uruguay. Chile and Argentina’s products are really hot right now, while Uruguay is up and coming. There are grape varieties that have put these countries on the map. Let’s examine them. There’s no doubt that Chilean […]

Canada thrives at World Beer Awards

The popularity of beer today is astronomical. Virtually every country on the planet produces some. It’s estimated there are over 15,000 breweries worldwide. Created in everything from large, commercial operations to small micro-breweries, there are so many different styles produced that the beer enthusiast would have a hard time exhausting the selection. That’s why beer […]

Age of spirits a matter of taste

When it comes to the age of spirits, it’s commonly accepted – most folks think older is better. This concept is reinforced by producers who release old, rare products for premium dollars and bartenders who tout the merits of aged spirits over younger ones. But is older always better when it comes to spirits? First […]