You are what you drink (including your teeth)

One of the more frequent conversations in dental offices every day revolves around healthy eating, both for general and dental health. Most of us are already very aware of the dental risks associated with consuming excessive sugar, particularly the sticky sugars found in gum, toffee and other sticky sweets. But when it comes to beverages, […]

An ode to the ‘heartbreak grape’

Ah, pinot noir! Thou art so fickle. Aficionados of wine made from this iconic grape are well aware of its elusive and unpredictable nature. Why, you might ask? First and foremost, no two pinots are alike. So inconsistent in quality, it can be a real crapshoot as far as what you get in a bottle. […]

Libation news from around the world

Happy New Year! Here are some interesting drink-related news items from around the world to start off 2016. Hard Root Beer Hold onto your mugs, folks, there’s a new drink on the market that’s taking off big-time. If you like root beer, then you’ll love the new “hard” version out there. It tastes just like […]

Beers for cold weather

Most beer drinkers are not affected by the weather. However, as the temperature plummets, a frosty, light, crisp thirst quencher doesn’t quite cut it. A little more substance is required, so beer lovers tend to cruise more to the heavier, bigger styles with fuller, maltier flavours. These generally contain higher alcohol than warm weather brews […]

The cask is the key to whisky

Whether you’re a lover of Scotch, rye, bourbon or Irish whisky, I’m sure you know that these spirits are aged in oak barrels. These barrels soften whisky’s attack and add additional character and flavour. However, what was in the barrel before it was used for the spirit, the size of the barrel, type of oak […]

Great drinks to pair with autumn

Fall is here and the weather is starting to cool down. With the season comes a cornucopia of Mother Nature’s bounty. Freshly grown fruit and vegetables are everywhere. There are many great fall drinks, like cocktails and smoothies, that incorporate these harvest delights. Here are a few of my favourites. For many folks, nothing epitomizes […]

It’s worth a trip to Virginia wine country

On a recent trip to central Virginia wine country, I was really impressed with the region. It’s hard to believe that there are around 275 wineries in the state. Time spent there in search of vinous delights, culinary wonders, hospitality, and American history will not be disappointing. The central part of the state is a […]

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It’s a well-known fact that we, as humans, live with our eyes. If we don’t like the way something looks, chances are we won’t involve ourselves with it. This applies to clothes, furniture, art, food and even drink. Many folks buy alcoholic beverages based on what the label looks like, regardless of what’s inside. Aside […]

Favourite drinks of the rich and famous

Ever wonder what the favourite imbibe is of some of the most famous people on the planet? Here are a number of well-known folks and their have-to-have tipples. Politicians and world leaders have a lot on their plates, so they’re entitled to an alcoholic drink now and then. When she’s not doting over her great-grandchildren […]