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  • Spotlight on Cedar Ridge DistillerySpotlight on Cedar Ridge Distillery
    In 2020 Cedar Ridge became the number one selling bourbon in the state of Iowa. This unprecedented accomplishment has set a high bar for a craft distiller to meet, and has established a new standard in the industry. Kudos to this farm-to-glass, family run business!   The post Spotlight on…
  • 2021 Letter from the President
    Last year began with a measure of relief mixed with uncertainty as the two-year Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CMBTRA), which reduced the federal excise tax (FET) rate paid by distillers had just received a one-year extension. The industry faced a 400% tax by the end of the…
  • Don't Wait Until Earth Day to Try These Organic Wines from Veramonte VineyardsDon't Wait Until Earth Day to Try These Organic Wines from Veramonte Vineyards
    Veramonte Vineyards is a Chilean producer that follows organic practices in order to "express the fullest potential of the terroir".  These practices are augmented with in-house compost; row cultivation to minimize erosion; incorporation of animals like sheep to cut grass and act as a natural fertilizer; conservation of biological corridors…
  • New Release Roundup for March 2021New Release Roundup for March 2021
    My bottle review column (last month’s edition here) is less about tasting notes and more about what is unique, standout, new or trending in spirits with my review ratings (on a 1–5 rating scale. More than ever, small-batch distillers and drink producers need our aid. Please, support small business and…
  • Celebrate Tannat Day with Wines from UruguayCelebrate Tannat Day with Wines from Uruguay
    Choosing a glass of Tannat isn’t the first choice for many. At least that’s what many people have told me in the last few days! Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, or any red blend are the usual go-to selections! But they (we) should take a leap and enjoy Tannat. Once we learn…
  • 5 low carb breakfast casserole recipes
    5 low carb breakfast casserole recipes to get you through the week. Read more at the hangry woman.
  • Apple Cider Vinaigrette
    A delicious, sweet and tangy apple cider vinegar salad dressing for your next salad. Read more at the hangry woman.
  • My Local Indian: Restaurant-Quality Indian Food Delivered To Your Door
    Discover how to get gourmet Indian food delivered direct to your door anywhere in mainland United Kingdom with My Local Indian. How wonderful would it be if you could get authentic Indian food delivered straight to your door, all at the click of a button? I know what you’re thinking;…
  • Finding Rum in Pittsburgh from Maggie's Farm Run - Allegheny DistillingFinding Rum in Pittsburgh from Maggie's Farm Run - Allegheny Distilling
    During a recent day trip to Pittsburgh, I used theCompass Craft beverage Finder to target a distillery and discovered one in the historic Strip District, not far from the zoo, which was our primary destination. And I didn't expect this to be a rum distillery but that's all Allegheny Distilling…
  • Exploring Caelesta Vineyard With Brian Farrell, Jr.Exploring Caelesta Vineyard With Brian Farrell, Jr.
    Call it an East Side Story. Eastside Templeton Gap, to be precise.Brian Farrell, Jr.'s move into the Paso Robles wine industry coincided with his parents' desire for a retirement wine property. After real estate searches in the Willow Creek and Adelaida AVAs of westside Paso Robles proved fruitless, the Farrells…
  • Bringing the Vineyard to You Virtually: A Red Car TastingBringing the Vineyard to You Virtually: A Red Car Tasting
            Gathering for a virtual tasting and uncorking a bottle of wine or two is the closest The post Bringing the Vineyard to You Virtually: A Red Car Tasting appeared first on DallasWineChick.com.
  • Dreams Really Can Come True – Tavel Rosé, Brunch and a Visit to the Rhône ValleyDreams Really Can Come True – Tavel Rosé, Brunch and a Visit to the Rhône Valley
    After a brilliant night’s sleep dreaming of the south of France and all its charm, whip up a luscious brunch and pour a bottle of rosé from Tavel. Keep thinking of this beautiful part of the world with its vineyards and fig and cherry trees sprinkled across the landscape because…
  • In the Wine Light – Henderson County Cider, Wine, & Dine WeekendIn the Wine Light – Henderson County Cider, Wine, & Dine Weekend
    The Annual Cider, Wine, and Dine weekend comes once again to Henderson County! The post In the Wine Light – Henderson County Cider, Wine, & Dine Weekend appeared first on NC Wine Guys.
  • The Ultimate UK Holiday Packing Checklist
    Thinking of taking a UK staycation this year? Don’t go anywhere until you’ve read my ultimate packing checklist for UK holidays, featuring 15 essential items to carry when travelling within the UK. With self-contained domestic holidays due to recommence from 12th April in England and Wales, the UK travel industry…
  • Wine Regions: IGP Méditerrannée & Isle Saint PierreWine Regions: IGP Méditerrannée & Isle Saint Pierre
    IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée) is a French wine category that superseded Vin de Pays in 2009 and lies between Vin de France and Appellation d'Origine Protegée (AOP) on the wine quality scale.  According to Wine-searcher.com, "the IGP category is intended to benefit both consumers and wine producers. It provides consumers with…
  • Sprinkle WW Kodiak Muffins RecipeSprinkle WW Kodiak Muffins Recipe
    This Sprinkle WW Kodiak Muffins Recipe is one of my new favorite WW muffin recipes.  Personally, I am on the My WW Blue Plan, but they will work with the My WW Green Plan and My WW Purple plan. (I have included affiliate links to products I love. As an…
  • The Complete Guide to Paso Robles Wine CountryThe Complete Guide to Paso Robles Wine Country
    Paso Robles is a wine destination for the wild-hearted. It’s often touted as one of the most exciting up-and-coming wine regions in California. Located centrally…
  • Lugana Wines - As Fresh as Spring FlowersLugana Wines - As Fresh as Spring Flowers
    Last week I traveled to Lugana DOC on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy. Well, virtually I did as I attended a virtual masterclass on the region invited by Gambero Rosso the global authority on Italian wines and publisher of the annual Vini d’Italia guide. The masterclass and tasting was…
  • The Fascinating History & Wines of Crete – Guest Post by Anna Maria KambourakisThe Fascinating History & Wines of Crete – Guest Post by Anna Maria Kambourakis
    Idyllic beaches and incredible hospitality bring thousands of visitors to Crete every summer. Once tourists arrive, they are often stunned by the fantastic wines they are served especially since Crete’s wine reputation suffered considerably in the past. A lot has changed in the Cretan wine industry in the last generation…
  • Ancho Chile Rubbed Ribeye Steaks
    A simple way to take steak to the next level. Using ancho chiles helps bring out a depth of flavor in the meat. Read more at the hangry woman.
  • The Natural Goodness of Amplify WinesThe Natural Goodness of Amplify Wines
    Theirs is a story of shared passions for wine, music, and the place they call home.Marlen and Cameron Porter are Santa Barbara County natives who bonded over a love of music and wine. Over the past decade they have worked in just about every aspect of the wine business. They…
  • Desiree Noisette: Rethinking Tradition with Mermosa WinesDesiree Noisette: Rethinking Tradition with Mermosa Wines
              Desiree Noisette is what you would call a Renaissance women.  She’s successfully been a lawyer, The post Desiree Noisette: Rethinking Tradition with Mermosa Wines appeared first on DallasWineChick.com.
  • Pico De Gallo
    Pico De Gallo is a simple, fresh salsa with just a few ingredients. This recipe will have it on your table in no time. Read more at the hangry woman.
  • Wine Access: Making Great Wine Easy to FindWine Access: Making Great Wine Easy to Find
    Buying wine online can be tough. You never know exactly what you’re going to get, and in my experience, a fair number of digital “premium…
  • A Labor of Love – Ritual Wines from Chile A Labor of Love – Ritual Wines from Chile 
    What’s your latest ritual? In the last year, we’ve had to modify our daily routine more than a few times! I never want to hear the word “pivot” again! But now that our “bubble” is expanding and in some cases starting to pop, my rituals are changing to fit a…
  • Bodega Beronia Food Friendly & 2 SizesBodega Beronia Food Friendly & 2 Sizes
     Let’s travel to Spain where in 1973 a group of businessmen from the Basque region of Spain who are friends would travel to La Rioja every year on holiday. Can you imagine the fun they had. They loved everything about the area so much, the food, the wine that they…
  • The Mother of Invention: 6 Bartenders Taking on COVID in Creative WaysThe Mother of Invention: 6 Bartenders Taking on COVID in Creative Ways
    My latest print feature in Gin Magazine, issue 13/March-May 2021 (from the publishers of Whisky Magazine, which I’ve written for here). This issue I cover 6 bartenders/bar managers and global bars who continue to reinvent themselves and bring life to their communities in pandemic & beyond: —Francisco “Pancho” Castillon at Farmacia Rita Peréz,…
  • DISTILLER Bottle Column: March 2021DISTILLER Bottle Column: March 2021
    Published March 2021 at Distiller Magazine, my bottle column covers trends and reviews international spirits, with taste ratings... Read more → The post DISTILLER Bottle Column: March 2021 first appeared on The Perfect Spot.
  • Sichuan/Szechuan on the TableSichuan/Szechuan on the Table
    In addition to my regular dining column in Bob Cut magazine (details and my philosophy here; last month’s column here)… In late 2020, my article, The Taste of Home: Sichuan on the Table, was published in print, with PDF below. Read more → The post Sichuan/Szechuan on the Table first appeared on The Perfect Spot.
  • April 1, 2021April 1, 2021
    — March’s Top 10 Bay Area Restaurants: 10 Bay Area newcomers and longtimers, from SF, Oakland & Napa (St. Helena), including standouts in Chinese American, Afro-Caribbean, cocktail bars, seafood, grilled cheese, taquerias and French bistro fare. — 10 of the World’s Best Bars on Pandemic Survival: Seeing what favorite bars…