Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

You don’t share your dad’s taste in ties; you’re not sure what size golf shirt he wears; and he has a chest full of tools. For Father’s Day, get him something he’ll keep and enjoy: Buy dad a bottle of his favorite beverage. If you want to go an extra step (he’s your dad, after…

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Summer Beers to Try

Lightening up does not require resigning yourself to something that tastes like water with a twist of hops. Cap n’ Cork carries lots of bright, crisp, fresh and flavorful brews. The stout will be there when the leaves turn; while the sun shines, try sipping these suds. You can absolutely taste the kombucha tea in…

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White Wines to Try

CHENIN BLANC: (shen-in BLAHnk) If you like Moscato but want to branch out, Chenin Blanc is a great place to start. It’s typically a bit sweet, with a hint of honey and apples, but it also has good acidity, so it’s crisp, not syrupy. Try it with corn on the cob, cream cheese and smoked…

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Mint Juleps at the Kentucky Derby

Also known as the greatest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby is an event rich with history, drama, ginormous hats and a marvelous little sipper called the mint julep. It’s been the traditional drink of Churchill Downs Racetrack for more than a century. According to KentuckyDerby.com, approximately 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps will be…

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All About Chardonnay

Oh, Indiana, where it can be 70 one day and 40 the next, with gray skies all week long. It’s hard to decide what to wear, and it’s hard to decide what to drink. Fortunately, we have Chardonnay, which spans the seasons with its range of styles. For chilly days, a rich and creamy Chardonnay…

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Best Earth Day Drinks on the Planet

Some people will be planting trees on April 21. Others will be picking up trash, lobbying legislators or recycling that stack of magazines they never got around to reading. Us? We’ll be celebrating Earth Day by having a beverage. We think you should, too. We have all kinds of organic wines and liquors. So do…

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Pairing wine with food

There is so much mythology that surrounds wine. What type of wine goes with what? We’ve all heard the standard red with meat, and white with chicken or fish, but wine choices really go much deeper than that. We like to look at wine and food pairing as an art, not a science, and it’s…

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What to Pair with Chocolate

Love is in the air! Wait…maybe that’s Axe Body Spray. Valentine’s Day means breaking out the good perfume and cologne, shopping for jewelry and buying chocolate. Lots of chocolate. This is a hint. We get along well with chocolate. But not every beverage does. Big, tannic red wines and highly acidic whites will taste astringent…

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Pairing Beer and Chocolate

Yes, we said beer. It’s so much more versatile than anyone gives it credit for. Of course, we’re not suggesting Miller Lite. (Though you can try it if you want.) Instead, choose something more rich and uniquely flavorful. Magic Hat #9 is a somewhat dry, crisp, not quite pale ale, but it has a nuttiness…

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All About Port

Port is made in Portugal. (Logical, right?) Fermentation is stopped before all the sugar is converted to alcohol, creating a sweet wine; Port is then fortified with brandy to raise the alcohol content to around 20 percent. Vintage Port is aged in bottles and requires around 10 years to reach maturity. Ruby and Tawny Port…

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All About Sherry

If you think it’s something only your grandma drinks, then you need to drink with Grandma more often. Sherry is a sophisticated blended wine made in Spain. The primary grape is Palomino; Pedro Ximinez and Moscotel grapes are used for making sweet sherry and sherry to be blended with whiskey. The ripe grapes are often…

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All About Rosé

Rosé may look pretty and delicate, all pink and orange and bright. And some rosés are…but others have the thin, lean power of a racehorse at full gallop. Rosé is not a grape variety, but rather a category of wine, much like sparkling wine. Sometimes it’s made from red grapes, allowing the skins to sit…

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