Let your wine take a breather

When it comes to red wine, especially bigger styles like Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Syrah/Shiraz, Malbec, Italian reds, etc., breathing time and aeration is so important. Giving them air opens up the wine allowing oxygen to mix in bringing out the subtleties and nuances. You’ll smell and taste much more. It also helps soften the […]

Beat the heat with these ‘healthy’ drinks

The term “healthy’ is rather subjective and relative when it comes to alcohol. Although most alcohol will have some antioxidant benefits if consumed very moderately, it contains calories and too much is definitely not good. Also, many mixes add calories. The warm weather inspires us to look and feel better as we spend more time […]

Why energy drinks may not be worth the hype

Energy and sports drinks are a couple of the hottest items in the world today and make up a multi-million dollar industry. If you believe their advertisements, they are magic elixirs that provide more energy, improved performance, and better concentration. While many consumers assume the ingredients of energy and sports drinks are more or less […]

When it comes to wine, terroir grows character

Where exactly does a wine get its character? Certainly the grape(s) used provide certain flavours, and the winemaker, with his or her personal winemaking style, somewhat dictates what the final wine will be like. However, there is something else that is far more important when it comes to what a finished wine will taste like. […]

Flavoured spirits more than sweet

Bartenders love them and consumers embrace them. They make for interesting drink concoctions that are yummy. Behold flavoured spirits. Producers in the last number of years have blown this category of alcoholic beverages wide open and the trend continues to grow. So what exactly is a flavoured spirit? Simply put, it’s a hard spirit that, […]

You are what you drink

Does what drink you order in a bar or club say much about who you are? According to research conducted at the University of Pittsburgh a number of years ago, it does. Although the study focused on men, from my experience and observation over the last three decades in the alcohol industry, I think the […]

Stir up a couple cocktails of love

February is the month of “amour”, culminating on the 14th with Valentine’s Day. There are endless ways to show that special someone you care, from romantic dinners and getaways to heartfelt gifts of jewelry and flowers. Smaller demonstrations of affection, in addition to the above, are mixed drinks that tweak romance and help stir the […]

Get the gang together for a dram

Scotch lovers enjoy getting together for a dram or two to compare notes. In fact, lots of folks actually focus an evening around it. You don’t need to be an expert to throw a good Scotch tasting party. Here’s how. First and foremost, know your audience and cater to their level of knowledge. Generally speaking, […]

Wine blends continue to trend

I have no crystal ball, but here’s what I see trending in wine down the road as we enter 2017. Look for more joint ventures between “Old World” and “New World” producers. The aggressive use of oak will subside, but there’s a tendency for producers to look at different formats of oak for aging wine, […]