Review: BridgePort Brewing India Pale Ale

Eh, looked interesting in the cooler, but this otherwise by-the-book, golden brown IPA has a little too much I and not enough P for my tastes. The hoppiness overpowers the brew (the company claims five types of hops are used), and while you can get that taste of lemon peel if you work for it,…

Review: BridgePort Brewing India Pale Ale

Review: 2004 Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Sebastiani is a big, big winery. I can’t even go to their tasting room any more because of the overpowering antiseptic smell in there the last time I went. You try tasting wine when all you can smell is Clorox and Lysol. Doesn’t work. My dad (a huuuuge Sebastiani fanatic) gave me a bottle of…

Review: 2004 Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

New Recipe: The B.B.C.

As part of my blueberry kick, and largely by happenstance, the good folks at Beefeater sent along some recipes for what they’re trying to kick off as “sharp’ners,” defined as “a London term for a quick, social drink that allows friends to connect without committing an entire evening.” The idea is that “getting a drink”…

New Recipe: The B.B.C.

Review: 2004 Robert Rue Vineyard Zinfandel Wood Road Reserve

I have never been a huge fan of the in-yo-face jamminess of Zinfandel, but once in a while, a really lush Zin, one that balances that fruitiness with spice (or something else) really catches me by the palate. Robert Rue is a small producer that won tons of raves for its 2004 Wood Road bottling.…

Review: 2004 Robert Rue Vineyard Zinfandel Wood Road Reserve

Introducing the Silhouette Wine Glass

I don’t anticipate I’ll be evaluating a whole lot of stemware on this blog, but I thought the Silhouette was just too interesting to pass up and I had to write about it. Check out the picture below and you’ll immediately see what I mean: The Silhouette is a standard, large-sized wine glass (like a…

Introducing the Silhouette Wine Glass

Original Recipe: The Violet Blue

Recently I read that the blueberry was the healthiest of all fruits. Number one, baby! So I immediately set my mind to thinking about cocktails to take advantage of the humble berry of blue. It’s harder than you’d think; blueberry doesn’t play well with others. Eventually I hit on it. Here’s my concoction, and darned…

Original Recipe: The Violet Blue

Drinkhacker 2007 Vintage Chart / Wine Cheat Sheet

Facing a huge wine list or a silent auction and don’t know if 2001 was a good year for California Cabernet? You can’t exactly whip out a reference book or a laptop at the table and look up the wine. (I guess if you have an iPhone you’re in good shape, but really…) Enter the…

Review: Bacardi Silver Pomegranate Mojito

Pomegranate is the It fruit of the last couple of years, and but do we need to inundate ourselves with the stuff? Bacardi says its Silver Mojito is the #1 selling flavored alcohol beverage (technically it’s a “flavored beer,” hence the category here). The Bacardi Silver Pomegranate Mojito is that, plus pomegranate. Well, sort of.…

Review: Bacardi Silver Pomegranate Mojito