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Picture this. You bring home a nice bottle of white wine, chill it down to just the right temperature, pour it in front of your friends and what happens? Something that looks like tiny shards of glass can be seen floating in your wine. Problem? Well, no, not really. What... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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Reading a recent excellent blog by my colleague Jim Greeley on “The Fringe Lunatic”, I was struck by what he said (and how well he said it) about getting away from our comfort zone wines and trying something new and different. I agree with him completely. We should all make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
Many years ago I was reading a book by an Englishman who had been a very successful wine merchant turned novelist, and he had one of his characters insist that the only way to drink champagne was ice-cold and out of a chilled pewter tankard. I must admit that the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
I’ll admit it up front – the joys of the holiday season and my British background still brings out the Dickensian in me at this time of year. Corny as it may sound, I love the atmosphere, the traditions, the music, the food, and the wines that associate themselves with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
The enjoyment of wine sometimes involves a number of little rituals which to the outsider can seem a little pompous and even downright strange! We have the ritual of sniffing and inspecting the cork after opening the bottle. We have the weird cabbalistic symbolism of passing the port decanter to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2010 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
The fact that grape harvests were generally very late this year, and the recent spate of cold(er) weather here in Florida reminded me of a harvest time recipe I wanted to share with you. This is something that’s simple, easy to make, delicious, and warming. It’s often served outside in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
Somewhere in the back of our collective unconscious many of us have a vision of a café table, a bottle of wine with two glasses, an unsliced loaf of crusty bread, and a plate of cheese. There’s something about this vision that just seems right. But when we begin to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2010 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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As I travel around our stores and talk with wine drinkers at every level of experience, there are a few questions that invariably come up, one of the major ones being – Does cost really equal quality with wine? It’s very easy to be wow-ed by the higher-priced wines. Licking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2010 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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A few months ago saw the passing of one of South Africa’s pre-eminent wine producers and social philanthropists, Graham Beck, at the age of eighty. Mr. Beck was a self-made entrepreneur who prided himself in bringing jobs to thousands of people and thereby improving their lives. His varied investments and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2010 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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(The vineyards of Ch. La Tour, Pauillac, Bordeaux) Have you ever wondered, as you mulled over a fine weighty Cabernet from Napa Valley, or watched the sunlight glint through a glass of Sancerre, or enjoyed the estimable flavors of a manzanilla sherry, exactly why certain areas of the world have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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(The vineyards of Ch. La Tour, Pauillac, Bordeaux) Have you ever wondered, as you mulled over a fine weighty Cabernet from Napa Valley, or watched the sunlight glint through a glass of Sancerre, or enjoyed the estimable flavors of a manzanilla sherry, exactly why certain areas of the world have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at Wstobbs's blog
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