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The Brew Site: Beer Blog for Craft Beer, Brewing, and Homebrewing, in Bend, Oregon. The Brew Lounge. The Cork Board: The premiere blog of the Napa Valley. 11 stunning photos from the 2013 Napa Valley wine grape harvest It’s only early September, but this year’s annual wine grape harvest is already in full swing. There’s a frenetic vibe across the Napa Valley as winemakers, vineyard managers and crews keep close tabs on Brix levels, current temperatures and weather forecasts, among many other things. Below are eleven stunningly gorgeous photos snapped by those on [...] Read the full article → Napa Valley harvest creates ‘the most exotic perfume in the world’ Anyone who’s ever spent time in wine country during the annual wine grape harvest will recognize a familiar scent in the air. As grapes come in across the valley and the fermentation process begins, the early morning and late evening air is often filled with an enchanting (at least for us wine lovers) aroma from [...]

Read the full article → Write for Wine: It's Wine O'Clock Somewhere! The historic victory was surprising to many, particularly in Europe where the expectation was for a French winner; a fictional version of the amazing event was featured in the 2008 film, Bottle Shock. (Notably, the Paris competition is just one highlight of Chateau Montelena’s rich history.) Winemaker Mike Grgich – who later joined with Austin Hills to establish Grgich Hills – crafted the 1973 Chardonnay, which remains on display at Chateau Montelena’s only satellite tasting room in California, just off the lobby at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. The St. Francis was where I happened to be speaking about social media analytics at the Dreamforce 2013 conference last November and, not surprisingly, I was drawn to the tasting room to try the lineup I was very lucky that the knowledgeable and friendly sommelier Cassandra Brown happened to be pouring that day.

But what really captured my attention was Chateau Montelena’s Cabernet Sauvignon. According to the tasting notes: Cheers! Hoosier Beer Geek: A Beer Blog for Indiana, from Indianapolis. The Journey of Jordan Winery: an award-winning blog featuring wine and food videos. Ramblings of a Beer Runner. - We plead the 21st. This is a preliminary version of the Cocktail Taxonomy and a request for comments on it from the bar community. During the writing of the first cocktail book it has become apparent that existing methods of categorizing cocktail recipes do not handle wine-, beer-, champagne-, and other low-alcohol-based drinks in a consistent fashion with other drinks.

The goals of this taxonomy are thus to create a consistent, regular, and objective method for organizing cocktail recipes by type. Consistent such that the approach does not vary by type of drink. Regular such that it can be quickly applied and the method easily remembered.Objective such that it does not require subjective judgments such as whether a drink is best described as "dry" or "sweet". By their nature, regular taxonomies often contain groups of things which are distinct from each other. This point is well-illustrated by William Grimes' caveat regarding classification efforts by David A.

Occasionally Mr. Comments? Beer PHXation. The Beer Buddha™: A New Orleans Beer Blog. Woodinville Wine Update — Covering Wine in Woodinville. Beerpulse: #1 in Beer News and Craft Beer Coverage. – The Essential Blog for the Discriminating Drinker | The Essential Blog for the Discriminating Drinker. Dr. Bamboo. Drink What YOU Like. Benito's Wine Reviews. Vinsanity. Northwest Beer Guide (aka, The Pickled Liver) Wine Blog Wine Blog » Juicy Tales by Jo Diaz. Why The PLCB Should Be Abolished. Gabe's View. The Not So Professional Beer Blog. Cocktail virgin slut. Sassysipsnyc | Wine and Food Pairings, Recipes, Reviews/News and Culinary Confessions. Samantha Sans Dosage. Imbibe Unfiltered. Schiller-wine. Beer Therapy. The Brewers Association Board of Directors has approved changes to its statements of purpose, mission, core values and beliefs, as well as its definition of craft brewer.

“The changes to fundamental elements of our industry were undertaken with significant deliberation and consideration of many voices,” Paul Gatza, Brewers Association director, said for a press release explaining the changes. “In November 2013, at the board’s direction, the BA surveyed our voting brewery members regarding the ‘foundational documents’ of our association. The results gave us ample member input on these matters of critical importance as the Board headed into its strategic planning meeting.” The press release outlined what has changed. Purpose Slightly revised, the Brewers Association now states its purpose as: To promote and protect American craft brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. Mission The Brewers Association mission now states: Core Values & Beliefs Craft Brewer Definition Small. A Dash of Bitters | A weblog detailing cocktails, spirits, liqueurs, barware, bars, and bitters. Maintained by Michael Dietsch, a writer and hobbyist mixer in Brooklyn.

Paul gregutt's washington wine blog – unfined & unfiltered. Cuvée Corner Wine Blog. Whisky Advocate - America's leading whisky magazine - Whisky Advocate. KC Beer Blog. The Chuck Cowdery Blog. Bottleworks. Tablas Creek Vineyard Blog. By Robert Haas Congratulations to Jean-Pierre and François Perrin, "Men of the Year" in the current issue of the venerable English wine magazine Decanter.

I cannot think of any French wine family with better credentials. We love them. My first encounter with the Perrin family was with Jacques in 1967. It was during my short (1967-1970) period at Barton Distilling trying to create a wine division. Jacques and I had hit it off together. In 1971 Jacques introduced me to his son Jean-Pierre, who had graduated from oenology school in Dijon and had started a small négoce in Jonquières with the brand La Vieille Ferme Côtes-du-Rhône. Jean-Pierre and I became friendly. Vineyard Brands continued as importer for Château de Beaucastel and François came on the scene just before Jacques’ tragic early death from cancer in 1977.

In 1985 Jean-Pierre, François and I decided to “do something” in California. Our wine maker, Neil Collins, spent the year of 1997 at Beaucastel. Rockss and Fruit. It's Pub Night: A Portland Beer Blog. The Session Beer Project™ Wine Compass Blog. Hungry Crowd. Tasting Room Why You Should Drink Portuguese Wine BY Ray Isle | POSTED APRIL 30, 2014 AT 12:00PM EDT For F&W's executive wine editor Ray Isle, Portugal is the most exciting wine country in the world that the U.S. doesn’t know enough about. read more Drink This Now 5 Hoppy Beers to Try Now BY Ray Isle | POSTED APRIL 16, 2014 AT 3:00PM EDT It's important to remember that beer, when you come right down to it, only requires four ingredients: Water, a starch, yeast and hops.

Read more Spain Isn't Drinking Its Wine, So You Should BY Ray Isle | POSTED APRIL 9, 2014 AT 7:00PM EDT Spain is the biggest wine producer in the world, but its people aren't drinking it. Read more 5 Proseccos to Drink Now BY Ray Isle | POSTED APRIL 2, 2014 AT 2:00PM EDT Prosecco has officially outsold Champagne. Read more If You Can't Afford Chianti's Ultra-High-End New Designation, Drink These Bottles BY Ray Isle | POSTED MARCH 26, 2014 AT 6:00PM EDT read more Tasting room 5 Napa Valley Wines That Cost Way Less Than a House read more. On the Wine Trail in Italy. Hoperatives - Believers in Better Beer (In Cincinnati and Beyond) Bellinghams Best Beer | the Boundary Bay Brewery blog. Yours for Good Fermentables ™ Bigger Than Your Head. The Feiring Line. Impressed by the handling of the Olivier Cousin case, I stopped in to talk lawyer Eric Morain when last in Paris. With a case of Frank Cornelissen 2009s resting against the wall, the avocat sat behind his desk in his art-filled office.

His handsome-cherubic face is angled in by a gently silvering beard. Mail constantly beeped into his computer. With the help of my friend, Alon Rozen who is acting dean of the ENPC MBA, Paris, we started to talk about life, natural, Voltaire, French and wine. Fraud was the primary issue in the case. Accused of sticking the region's name, Anjou on the bottle (as in Anjou Pur Breton), Cousin then removed it from the label and snuck it on the cork. Because Cousin left the appellation and bottles under Vin de France (wine-can-come- from-anywhere de France) it is forbidden to put his wine's origin on the label. This might be fine for industrial wine, where the grapes can be culled from anywhere in the country, even from someone's bathtub. The Wine Economist. Mixology Monday | The monthly online cocktail party. STEVE HEIMOFF| WINE BLOG | A blog about the world of wine.

HoseMaster of Wine™ - fine wine events, tasting notes and wine geekery. Do Bianchi | Negotiating the Epistemologic Implications of Oenophilia. Beeronomics. Brookston Beer Bulletin - Jay R. Brooks on Beer. The Gray Report. The Potable Curmudgeon. The World of Gord. Vinography: A Wine Blog. Brouwer's Cafe. Brewpublic: Craft Beer News and Information Blog from Portland, Oregon. Washington Beer Blog. Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place | A quick exchange of comments here Monday provoked this thought from Boak & Bailey about what happens to even the most dominant of breweries over time: Our suspicion is that, of the current wave of new brewers (1970s to now) some will inevitably become the new Whitbreads and Watneys.We don’t see, say, Sierra Nevada going into the Lite Lager business any time soon, but we can imagine, in thirty years time, a business which seems complacent and arrogant, and of which people will say: “They’re so dominant that no-one else can get into the market, and all they produce is that bland, dumbed-down, sub-6% pale ale crap …”If that does happen, there will be plenty of brewers waiting to challenge them, and the cycle will continue.

Of course change is inevitable, but is complacency? Five days ago, August Schell Brewing Company, established in 1860 and the second oldest brewery in the country, won two medals at the World Beer Cup. It earned gold for Schell’s Firebrick, a Vienna-style lager. Beervana. Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog. The New School. | Craft Beer News, Reviews and Event | Craft Beer News, Reviews and Event Coverage. The Stone Blog | The official blog of Stone Brewing Co. & the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. Dr Vino's wine blog » wine talk that goes down easy Dr Vino's wine blog. A Perfect Pint Beer Blog. Like most beer fanatics, I am a serial drinker. I move from beer to beer in search of the next thing, frequently having to remind myself to go back every once in a while to beers that I love. Brand loyalty plays only a small part in my beer enjoyment.

That said there is one beer that I always have in my refrigerator. That beer is Schell’s Pils. It will come as no surprise to anyone who has ever heard me speak or read anything that I have written that I love pilsner. It is without question my favorite beer style. So when Schell’s announced that it would be celebrating the 30th anniversary of this great beer with a 12-pack containing four different versions of it, I was quite simply “psyched.”

The release of Pilsner and Hefeweizen in 1984 marked a turning point for Schell’s and for beer in Minnesota. The current anniversary pack looks both forward and back. The collection is only available in the 12-pack. Here’s my notes: Aroma: Full, grainy sweetness with corny overtones. Roggen Mandarina. Sean Sullivan - Washington Wine Report. The Lost Abbey | Blog. Whipped. Food, Drink And Conversation From Around The Table. Beerlass. Thirsty Pilgrim. The Wine Cellar Insider - Bordeaux Wine Guide, Wine Blog, Wine Tasting Notes, Wine Reviews, Wine Food Pairings, Winery Profiles, Buying tips, Images. Fermentation - The Daily Wine Blog. Home Brewing Blog by BeerSmith - Making Beer at Home. This week we discuss how to keg your home brewed beer with Chris Graham from MoreBeer.

I highly recommend watching the video as this week Chris provides a detailed overview on kegging equipment, kegging techniques and how to make the transition from bottles to kegs! Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As […] Dry yeast for home brewing is sometimes maligned and often overlooked. Many years ago when I started home brewing, the quality of dry yeast included with many prepackaged kits was poor. This week three members from the Maltose Falcons homebrew club join me to talk about Baltic Porter. Last week I presented my first five tips for all grain beer brewing. This week Jake Keeler joins me to discuss how to Brew in a Bag (BIAB). This week we look at some good tips for all grain brewers. I launched the new BeerSmith video podcast channel on iTunes this week, and sent all of the newsletter subscribers a note announcing the new format.

The Museum of the American Cocktail | Just another site. Craft Beer and Homebrewing Blog | BillyBrew. My Vine Spot. The Real Absinthe Blog. 4488: A Ridge Blog. Cocktail Enthusiast | Liquor Reviews, Spirit Reviews, Cocktail Recipes and Drinking News. A Mountain of Crushed Ice. Community Beer Works. This Friday is the first of a new month, and that means it’s time for The Session, the monthly gathering of beer bloggers around a common topic. This month’s comes to us courtesy of Tale of the Ale, and is “Local Brewery History”: In Session 87, I want you to give your readers a history lesson about a local brewery. That’s a physical brewery and not brewing company by the way.

The brewery doesn’t need to still exist today, perhaps you had a local brewery that closed down before you were even born. Or you could pick one that has been producing beer on the same site for centuries.Stipulations? The only thing I ask is that the brewery existed for at least 20 years so don’t pick the local craft brewery that opened two or three years ago. This will exclude most small craft breweries but not all. At first I was worried I’d have to recuse myself this month: history of a local brewery? Besides: Buffalo is absolutely rich in brewing history. But we’re all new jacks. 1986? The Phoenix Brewery Hi. Chad'z Beer Reviews.

The Brewed Palate | Spreading the messages of craft beer one palate at a time. Wine Peeps: A Wine Blog. Red, White, and Brew. I Love Beer. The Reverse Wine Snob. Ramblings of a Beer Guy. Another Wine Blog | Because Another Wine, Food, Beer and Travel Blog would have been way too %#&@ing long! Drinks are on me! | Chears…