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Nice to Meet You, Vermentino

Weddings are remembered more for the celebratory occasion of joining two people beginning their journey on the road of life together; they are recollected less for the wines poured after tying the knot. But one Italian white grape, Vermentino, stands out at weddings, dinner…

June 8, 2018
Aquavit Sour
Cocktails The Next Round

Aquavit’s Invitation to the Cocktail Party

Two defining moments convinced me that aquavit was a missing-link in my life. The first one was visiting Norway and feeling totally disconnected from such an important Norwegian spirit. The second experience was sitting in the scholarly, yet entertaining, aquavit workshop led by Christer…

May 11, 2018
Tannat Wines
The Next Round Wine

Best Friend or Beast? Tannat Wines

Inspired by my recent podcast episode, this month I am unveiling a lesser known red wine grape called Tannat. Although the name corresponds to its strong tannins, winemakers can and often do mellow down Tannat wines.  The wine’s intense tannins are softened by either…

March 9, 2018
The Next Round Wine

Find The White Wine You Weren’t Looking For

When I find a versatile white wine like the Groundwork Grenache Blanc that challenges how committed wine-drinkers view an unknown grape, I think it’s write worthy. The new year demands change and a willingness to be open to new experiences. Even if you’re not…

January 5, 2018
Cocktails The Next Round

Cranberry Daiquiris For a Crowd

Whenever we throw a party, our guests count on a theme, and the winter holidays are no exception. Holiday traditions are primed for continuity, which, for me, is what themes are all about. They provide us with a motif, a staple pattern without which…

November 23, 2012