It’s said to have inspired the work of some of the greatest artists in the world— Degas, Manet, Wilde, and Hemingway, to name a few. Some think it caused homicidal rages and vivid hallucinations—and even drove Vincent Van Gogh to cut off his ear. You might think I am talking about love, passion, or even religion, but the alleged culprit is absinthe.
Fifty-eight million pounds and over $345 million dollars—that’s the amount of chocolate purchased the week of Valentine’s Day. So, chances are, if you have a valentine (or even if you don’t) you are going to be indulging in some chocolate on Cupid’s Day. This might lead you to the question, “What wine should I pair with my chocolate hearts and truffles?“ I am so glad you asked!
Thanksgiving is an American tradition of the year’s harvest and a time to be thankful for all the great blessings that surround us. As you plan your holiday menu remember that great wine can be found in all 50 states. As you select wines to be part of your celebration, I suggest you create a lineup of “All-American” wines. My plan is to use wines from the bounty found in my own backyard—Maryland wines. Maryland is especially blessed, with over 30 wineries—each with its own story, personality, and specialty.
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Legendary guitarist Robert Fripp once said, “Wine is the music that fills the cup of silence.” Music video producer Scott Palazzo has made it his mission to make sure our cups are full of red wine with power, finesse, and harmony. And what better time of the year to pair a delicious red with grilled meats than in summer?
Judging by its popularity, chocolate is a gift we love to give. On Valentine’s Day, chocolate shouts romance, indulgence, and passion. This is nothing new; chocolate lovers can be traced back to ancient Mesoamerica, when sharing a chocolate drink was part of the marriage ritual in the 1100s. And remember the Aztec king Montezuma? He believed that chocolate was an aphrodisiac and drank 50 golden goblets of a chocolaty brew each day before entering his harem.
If you are looking to add a new tradition to your next holiday dinner or get together I have one suggestion for you—Port. It is the perfect way to end a meal as we linger over dessert and talk about the New Year to come. Here’s what you need to know about port before you plan your next party.
For people who love food, wine, and spending time with loved ones, Thanksgiving just might be the perfect holiday. It is the one time of year we assemble for a holiday that is all about dining, and thankfully no major gift giving is involved.
Beer is no longer relegated as the libation of TV sports and frat parties requiring chugging from pop-top cans. American beer drinkers are becoming connoisseurs, embracing craft beers and premium imports. Like cerebral wine lovers, the new beer enthusiasts are respectful and inquisitive about their brew, how they drink it, and what they drink it with.
For most wine lovers, no evening is complete without a glass of wine. Whether pizza or an elaborate three-course menu, pairing your meal with wine makes it more special and satisfying. Many may consider this an indulgence, but a growing mountain of research shows moderate consumption of wine, especially red wine, provides health benefits. The key is moderate consumption defined as four ounces of wine for women and eight for men.