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This beer will not touch my lips

It’s not the fact that the beer has 55% alcohol or that it costs over $700 per bottle, rather it’s that I’ve had a long and unpleasant history with squirrels.

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Breathalyzer before buying

I never anticipated that buying wine would have anything to do with homeland security technology. 

Pennsylvania is testing out vending machines for wine.  The bottle of Korbel I spied in the video doesn’t instill much confidence, though I’m all for making it more convenient for folks to buy and enjoy wine.

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A high tech gin and tonic for Jimmy Fallon

Dave and Nils were on Jimmy Fallon’s show this past Friday night. Jimmy does a great job of making fun of Nils’s accent.

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Katie Lee’s summer selections

This had the potential to be a disaster, but I was pleasantly surprised by her picks.  <insert jokes about “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” here>  I’m in favor of boxed wine and we’ve featured both the Château du Champ des Treilles and the Christian Venier on our list before.

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Thirsty tastes for Brixr.com

A few months back I tasted through some of our wines by the glass for a new-ish website called Brixr.  The idea is to to be able to hear about a wine from someone’s who’s tried it before you decide to buy it. 

I went through a few of our wines by the glass.  Most of them have changed by now (we do that a lot), but you might see them elsewhere around town (or by the bottle on our list).  Enjoy the slurping and spitting sounds.
 
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Keep trussing that chicken

Thirsty with a macedoine salad

After working at the FCI since 2006, I finally took my first culinary class this week; Knife Skills, Deboning and Filleting.  I can jardinière, macédoine and émincer like nobody’s business, though, the cocotte is another story. 

You may be asking what this has to do with a beverage blog.  More professional looking drink garnishes and tastier meals to pair with wine are two things that come to mind. 

A nicely-shaped and juicy bird to accompany your beverage of choice.

To be perfectly honest, when I heard we were trussing chickens, a certain Fox newscaster came to mind and gave me an excuse (albeit imperfect) to post this video clip on my site.

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How to get filthy rich

I think his math is spot on.  Don’t you?

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Sour grapes

The beginning of the grape ripening process is referred to as veraison and in the northern hemisphere, it happens in the summer. 

Red grapes undergoing veraison.

The term comes from the French véraison and it is the time in the vine cycle when the vine’s energies are shifted from growing the berries in size to developing their sweetness and ripe fruit flavor.  Before this process, the grapes’ color is dictated by cholorphyll.  Depending on the variety, anthocyanins will make some berries red-black and carotenoids will make others yellow-green.

Prior to this period of time, the grapes are referred to as green berries and wouldn’t be recognizable to most folks.  They’re hard, starchy, acidic and about half of their final size.   

Alien berries!

Most people wait to harvest their grapes until they are fully ripe.  I came across a video, however, that shows how harvesting some of the grapes early can naturally promote acidity in wine (as opposed to adding tartaric acid later on in the winemaking process).  The clip features my friends Tracey and Jared of A Donkey and Goat Winery, based in Berkeley, CA. 

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How to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew shoe hit wall drunk awesome

This time I can’t take credit for the title of the post.  I found it on YouTube and why mess with perfection?

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Hello bourbon, meet pecan

Looking for something to do with that extra pecan oil and xanthan gum you have kicking around the house?  Dave Arnold can help.

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