As you know, I love all wine but I have a soft spot in my heart for Italian wine. While I enjoy the acidity and bright fruit flavors that most Italian wines exhibit, I love the passion that Italians, and particularly Italian winemakers, have for wine. It’s infectious. The Italians vinify varietals that 99.9% of the population has never heard of, including a number that date back to ancient Rome and the Greeks. The Italians do tons of crazy stuff with their grapes – the same grape could be vinified still or sparkling or left to dry on straw mats for sweet wine. Plus, the difference in wine culture from North to South is stark and reflected in the wines themselves. …Read More
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Tonight marks the Feast of the Seven Fishes in some Italian families. Others will choose to celebrate tomorrow. But, it occurred to us that there will be a great deal of fish and seafood consumed in the next week as Christmas morphs into New Year’s. Our own family traditions have come to include heaping amounts of San Francisco’s local dungeness crab. For Christmas, we make the local San Francisco seafood stew – Ciopinno – a medley of seafood and fish in a spicy tomato broth. For New Year’s, we get a smorgasbord of local shellfish – crab, shrimp, oysters and clams (if you are on top of things, order from Swan’s Oyster Depot, which has been slinging seafood in San Francisco for 100 years). What goes better with seafood and fish than white wine. …Read More
We have been counting down the days until Christmas and can hardly believe it’s here! And, as part of that countdown, we have brought you some awesome drink recipes to try. As part of your Christmas gathering, whip up some of our Christmas cocktails for yourself and your guests. …Read More
We know that the Jewish New Year officially started last week and the high holidays are ending with the Yom Kippur, which is starting this evening. But, we figure that late is still better than never.
I don’t find it easy to make drink recommendations for most Jewish holidays. Most of the holidays are somber and don’t seem quite as festive as the Christian holidays (and for my love of other cultures, I will admit … Read more
Coquito is an eggnog-like coconut cocktail served in Puerto Rico for Christmas. My interpretation of the drink includes cinnamon and nutmeg to combine the tropical flavors with the warm and cozy scents of traditional egg nog. It’s festive!
Some recipes I’ve seen include eggs, which I think makes the drink too rich. This recipe uses coconut milk. If you’re not sure how that is different from coconut water or cream of coconut, check out our … Read more
The folks at Skyy can always be counted on for some fun holiday concoctions, this year is no exception. The Island Holiday Punch is an easy way to wow your guests. The combo of ginger infused vodka, aged rum, spiced simple syrup and citrus make a refreshing punch with an holiday bite. Try it at your holiday party and tell us what you think! Created by Christopher Bostick, courtesy Skyy Vodka.
A true American original, the Maker’s Mark distillery is the world’s oldest operating bourbon whisky distillery and a National Historic Landmark. The folks at Maker’s Mark want you to toast America’s birthday this 4th of July with their Straight Bourbon Whisky.
Special for the holiday, Maker’s Mark is selling tri-packs with three 375 ml bottles sealed in red, white and blue wax. These packs will be sold for a limited time only in select US … Read more
The holidays, that month between Thanksgiving and New Years (with Christmas and Hanukkah thrown in) are cocktail party ground zero.
We’ve pulled together some ho ho hot cocktails and will be adding fun hor d’erve recipes, party ideas and other holiday cheers through out the season.
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