It's a good alternative for those wishing to get "on the wagon", and it also provides the same health benefits that wine do without the risks the alcohol provides.
You also may wish to consider seeking some help if you truly wish to "cut the cord" from alcohol. "The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing - many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death."
Possibilities about what you have inside your wine glass have always existed. In the last few years, the options seem to have been expanding. Now, purchasing for the best fine wine means sorting through anything from a $3 box of generic wine to an costly "natural" wine. Sorting through the vocabulary on a bottle is the first step to purchasing the right wine.
Robb is my nephew. I did not realize he was such a brewmaster. I am proud of him. (Robb, you better send me one or two next time your back in MN).
As a novice brewer I know the work of brewing as well as the pleasures of reaping the harvest.
For those considering an attempt at brewing please don't hesitate. For those lucky enough to know Robb you better tap his wisdom now before he owns his own brewery. I'll be waiting - uncle Dean.
I love to see my little SPanish and Portugese juices getting some airtime..not too much though because I need the prices to stay down!=)
I always hit the spain.portugal section in the wine store as I find GREAt deals there...now my secret is out=)
its ok I have more wine secrets than Area 51
LOL, I always said that good chocolate and good wine was all a gal needed......
Avenue Cellars has a wine tasting 2/12 featuring Trentadue Chocolate Amore Port, Alexander Valley...
A dessert wine from Merlot grapes grown on Trentadues Geyserville Ranch: AMAZING!!!
Borrowing from the traditions of port making, they add neutral grape spirits to stop fermentation trapping a percentage of sugar in the wine. Once Chocolate Amore is finished aging and is ready for bottling, they infuse a tiny amount of natural chocolate extract to the
final blend, creating the perfect marriage of food and wine.
This Merlot-based, portstyled chocolate flavored dessert wine is great over vanilla ice cream or as desert!!!!
I loved the sexual imagery!!!!!!!!!!!Oh and the chocolate info was good too=)
now my mind is wandering
You are obviously lambasting the Enomatic wine machines in this piece. As the owner of a bar that features them prominantly let me give you a couple of things to chew on.
The $3 samples we have in our machine come from $30 bottles we otherwise would not be able to open and keep my the glass due to spoilage (and thereby raising glass prices).
The Enomatics have turned into a real social area with our staff interacting with customers and customers chatting amongst themselves, discussing wines, etc..
It is very expensive to run a bar. Most restaurants break even on the food and it is necessary to markup the wines to pay rent, a living wage to employees, very expensive insurance, etc... Perhaps seeing the back end of the business would help adjust your view of markups.
I do agree that some places take markups to an extreme and I am not in favor of that as well. It discourages drinking a glass with dinner, and then what is the point?
Just some food for thought.
It may not be completely a wine bar per se, but Wine Design in Channelside sure provides personal service at their wine machines, and it is priced right. Also, they don't charge a corkage fee.
in regards to affordable wines by the glass, i ran into a cool wine bar that sells wine on premise and only charges a $10 corkage fee to enjoy it on site - Beaune's Wine Bar in Ybor.
It is a great way to enjoy a reasonalbly priced bottle at retail instead of the typical 3x mark up.
Plus they have a great selection of food to nosh on while enjoying Old World wines (my personal preferance).
The Luzon 2007 Verde Monastrell Jumilla was an EXCELLENT recommendation.
A great deal at my local liquor store for $9 USD.
It went perfectly with NY strip steak with chimichurri sauce.
Great article. You have talent! I'll be checking back with frequency!
and don't forget to replace the lost electrolytes which also contributes to the day-after fatigue. plan ahead and have bottle of your favorite sports drink stashed in the fridge.
yeah, i probably should have read this yesterday...
back to bed for me.
i guess i need to get busy drinking... the only wine on the list i have had is the turkey flat.
i just picked up 4 bottles of this yummy champagne, Duval Leroy Champagne. the best part, its only around $30, which is perfect for my cheap ass.
91 points from wine spectator and listed as #77 (and the only champagne to crack the list) in the top 100 wines this year - you know, if you are into pedigrees or like to show off.
Thanks for sharing! Great info, I'm already on my way to being coolified.
Check out a couple posts I came across in the past couple days regarding quality wine on the cheap. There is at least one Cali brand in the OC Register.
Clever post- comedy- keep it up.
LOL, nothing like homemade. My BIL makes his own beer and hard cider and it is sooooo good.
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