Good Times During the Big Game

Are you ready for some football? We sure are! We’re like your offensive line—we’ve got you covered no matter what game day brings. Is the crowd rushing your house on Sunday? We have kegs of regular AND craft beer, and we rent taps, too ($40 deposit, $3 rental). If your starting lineup is a little…

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When to Clean Out your Liquor Cabinet

That dusty bottle of vermouth in your home bar—should it stay or should it go now? What about the Tia Maria you opened this summer? Cocktails.About.com wrote an excellent piece to help you evaluate whether your liquor cabinet needs a fresh start. Here are just a few of the highlights: Base liquors (brandy, gin, rum,…

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All About Drinking and Health

Studies have identified the health benefits of the modest consumption of alcohol. A little a day can go a long way toward fighting disease and extending your life (and happiness). As the venerable Mayo Clinic states on its website: “Many doctors agree that something in red wine appears to help your heart. It’s possible that…

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Best Beverages When Counting Calories

Our diet philosophy? All things in moderation. This allows us to fit our favorite cocktails into our day without riding the calorie-binge train straight to Guiltyville. Of course, we can’t help the fact that too much alcohol will lower your inhibitions and make a family-size bag of Doritos look like something you should eat alone.…

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Opening Bubbly with a Sword

Want to really blow away your date? Grab some bubbly and sharpen your sword. Le Sabrage is the art of slicing off the top of a sparkling wine bottle with a sword. No joke. This is the kind of explosive drama you’ll welcome in your relationship! Categories: Champagne, sparkling wine, sword, le sabrage

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Bubbly Pairs with Everything

Pairing wine and food can be magical…and as complicated as open-heart surgery. What sauce on your steak? What dressing on your salad? Are the tomatoes ripe, or a little green? Shoot, if you put some asparagus on the plate, it’s game over. If this is too much stress for you, pop the cork on some…

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HOW TO BUY BUBBLY

Ever try to read the label of a bottle of bubbly? There’s a lot of stuff on there! But stick with us, and we’ll help you look smart in front of your friends. Here’s a handy guide to how to make sense of the labels: To be real Champagne, a wine has to come from…

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How to Choose a Wine to Take to a Party

You’re not going to please everyone, so don’t try. And unless you’re bringing a case of wine, not everyone will have a glass anyway. But you can make an end run around the whole red vs. white debate and avoid clashing with the food: Choose a sparkling wine. It’s the little black dress of beverages!…

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How to Buy a Gift for Anyone

Trying to shop for someone who doesn’t want or need anything? This is where we shine. A high quality vodka is versatile and useful no matter what one’s taste. Glasses, corkscrews, stoppers and carafes are excellent choices for a wine lover. And who doesn’t enjoy a little Baileys in coffee? Purchase a Baileys gift set…

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Summer Sippers

How perfect is this for the Fourth of July? American-made with corn and wheat grains from the heartland, Salute American is distilled four times for a smooth, clean taste.   So handy, it even has a handle! Malibu Coconut, mango, mint and lime on the beach, on the boat, at the campground, before the concert…it’s…

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Wonderfully Rotten Dessert Wine

The grapes that went into the 2006 Noble One Botrytis Semillon, New South Wales–a bright, light gold dessert wine–were actually allowed to rot. Botrytis can be detrimental when it affects almost ripe or damaged grapes. When the fungus affects ripe, healthy, whole, light-skinned grapes, however, and weather conditions are favorable to control its spread, the…

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What’s In A Name?

LAGER Bright, clear, light-bodied, effervescent, a lager is made from malt, hops, water and occasionally corn grits, cracked rice or other cereals. TRY: Sam Adams Boston Lager PILSNER It’s not a separate type of beer; “Pilsner” is a label applied to light beers made in the style of the famous Pilsner Urquell from Pilsen, Czechoslovakia.…

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