I recently picked up a copy of George Taber's book A Toast to Bargain Wines. I couldn't wait to read the book given that I am a big fan of George Tabor's Judgment of Paris book, as well as budget wine. This was a book that combined the two of them. And, I appreciated the fact that Mr. Tabor was going to champion "budget wines" or "bargain wines" as he called them.
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Monday, January 21, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
Edible Cocktails brings us a cocktail book brimming with goodness from gardens and fruit trees. In her tome on drinking your fruits and veggies, Ms. Bovis explores the use of wine, syrups, jams, purees and vinegar as ingredients in the ever burgeoning repertoire of cocktails recipes. If that weren't enough, Ms. Bovis teaches you how to use meat, dairy and eggs in your drinks too! And don't forget to throw in the herbs!
Monday, January 7, 2013
Drinking on a diet isn't easy. Unfortunately, alcohol can pack a caloric punch. Drinks loaded up with shots are also loaded up with calories. Add in mixers and you can drink a whole meal of calories in one or two drinks. Lower in alcohol, beer, wine and cider don't pack quite the calorie punch that the hard stuff and cocktails can. But, I know that sometimes, all you really want is a cocktail. Luckily, there is a book for you - Skinnytinis - is all about the cocktails at half the calories.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Dr. Cocktail is a lovely little hardbound book peppered with interesting recipes, intriguing ingredients and luscious photos of cocktails and their ingredients. If that weren't enough, the book has catchy chapter titles and cocktail names.
Monday, December 24, 2012
We can hardly believe that New Year's Eve is around the corner! If you are looking for great cocktail recipes and finger food, then this is the book for you. The New Old Bar is the latest book from Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith of the Hearty Boys (winners of the first Next Food Network Star) out of one of my favorite cities - Chicago! And, the recipes have Chicago written all over them.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Not only do the photos in The Ambassador of Bourbon capture the process of making Maker's Mark bourbon, it also captures the essence of Maker's Mark. The Samuels family brought their vision to fruition in the historic Burk's Distillery<
Monday, September 24, 2012
For any of you movie buffs, the 1976 battle between French wines and their upstart American counterparts entitled the "Judgment of Paris" was chronicled in the highly fictionalized movie Bottleshock. While Bottleshock was certainly entertaining and spotlighted the super cute Chris Pine, it didn't exactly stick to the story. If you are interested in how the tale actually unfolded, pick up George Tabor's Judgment of Pari
Monday, August 13, 2012
In The Billionaire's Vinegar, Benjamin Wallace investigates one of the largest, if not the largest, alleged frauds in the wine business. The Billionaire's Vinegar is a fascinating look into the world of high stakes, high priced wine. Loads of wine obsessed rich people looking to possess rare and elusive bottlings. You can see why this book is fascinating - it quickly caught my attention, and I was engrossed to the end.
Monday, August 6, 2012
The Wild Vine is a must read for any lover of American wine or what we like to call "weird varietals". Weird varietals are obscure wines that are often made from indiginous grapes or hybrids. In this case, The Wild Vine chronicles the birth, growth and near death experience of Norton, a grape that its author calls the most American of grapes. As you learn in the book, it's obscure, a hybrid and indiginous to the United States.
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