For this week’s Chug This, let us tell you the story of an apéritif called Dubbonet. Once upon a time, European countries sought ways to get their soldiers to take their quinine in order to prevent malaria. The answer both France and England settled on was to marry quinine with booze. For the British, the gin and tonic was born. Tonic was the quinine water, hence the name “tonic.” Gin made drinking your quinine tonic bearable.
We talk quite a bit about wine that goes with food but wine goes well before (Apéritif) and after (Digestif) a meal as well. Now in keeping with our usual M.O., we’d like to point out first that just about any wine is good as an apéritif or a digestif so don’t be stopped from enjoying one simply because you don’t have the “right” kind of wine.
Superbowl is almost a national holiday and every holiday has its own special food. When we think Superbowl, we think Buffalo wings. But is it hopeless to try to pair a wine with such a spicy dish? Nope. Spicy food and wine are a very happy pair.
Friday might be a good enough reason to drink, but this particular Friday also happens to be Mozart's Birthday. What would The Shawshank Redemption be without the Canzonetta sull'aria (or Letter Aria)? Drink in the beauty as you drink a nice wine.
The Hitching Post Hometown Pinot Noir 2008 with a screw top lid is pure ambrosia! It was so delicious, it's not to be believed. In recent years, there’s been much fuss about Pinot Noir thanks in large part to the success of the film Sideways where part of the quest was to find the perfect Pinot.
There are thousands and thousands of different types of grapes. There are table grapes, wine grapes and even raisin grapes. Each purpose requires specific characteristics, so there really isn’t a “one grape fits all” situation.
We've got an excellent reason to drink! The Hollywood Bowl announced their 2012 schedule today. Pixar in concert? The Producers? Fireworks!! Well, to that we say that it’s time to open up a bottle and peruse the schedule for the hot summer events.
May we recommend the Bota Box Pinot Grigio '09? It’s under $20 at BevMo.com and there’s plenty to turn tix shopping into an impromptu fiesta.
There used to be this huge gap between wine drinkers and beer drinkers. However, Gallup released a poll that said that over the last few years, the divide between Beer drinkers and Wine drinkers in the U.S. is shrinking. When we first thought about this, we looked at each other and realized that most of our friends who are beer fans have already