Wines Come Out During “Drink the District”

July 16, 2015

Spring is wine and beer festival season.

On a recent spring evening there was a line stretching for several blocks to get into a parking lot near National’s Stadium even though the team was out of town. People were queuing up to attend the Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival, one of several annual events promoting DC as a culinary destination.

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Chanukah Wish List

December 22, 2014

Our annual Chanukah gift wish list

Our annual Chanukah gift guide begins with a simple but essential accessory for any wine lover, a corkscrew.

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Craft Beer And All That Shtick

April 3, 2014

A conversation with Jeremy Cowan, the founder of the kosher craft beer company, Shmaltz Brewing Company.

The nation is in the midst of something of a beer revolution. While the market is still dominated by big names such as Budweiser, Miller and Coors, a visit to nearly every bar and liquor store reveals a growing list of previously unknown beer makers with unusual, if not bizarre, names like Bad Martha, Flying Dog, Allagash, Dark Horse, Funkworks, Omission and Scuttlebutt.

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Wish List For Chanukah Gifts

November 25, 2013

Some suggestions for wine and spirits related holiday gifts.

With the beginning of Chanukah falling on Thanksgiving, many folks will be focused on the traditional turkey-centric meal and related Thanksgiving aspects of the day. But it is good to remember that Chanukah is not only the more important of the two holidays, it also lasts longer — far longer than any Thanksgiving leftovers. So a little more thought and contemplation are required. With this in mind, relevant to a column on wines and distilled spirits, it seems worthwhile to discuss some great booze related gifts.

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Neo-Prohibitionists: Hands Off Our Hooch

August 12, 2013

More governmental efforts to restrict access to our favorite spirits, wine and beer by blocking privatization.

We have written in the past about the byzantine-seeming regulatory patchwork of alcohol laws in this country. Every so often, folks seek to change this regulatory system in the name of freedom and consumer choice, and while progress of a sort has been made in this or that locale, there remains a very long way to go. Even though Prohibition ended with the passage of the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Dec. 5, 1933, more than a dozen states today still maintain monopoly control over the sale and/or distribution of distilled spirits — and some still over beer and wine. Most states do not do so, and the idea that monopoly control of some aspect of booze is justifiably a core function of government is silly. Worse, however, is that they further limit product choice, increase costs and generally annoy us consumers.

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A Little Taste Of Chametz Before Pesach

March 13, 2012

He'brew beer

A look at the kosher craft brewery He’brew and a review of the Loch Chaim, Isle of Arran 13 year old Single Malt Whisky.

Admittedly this is a departure from our usual focus on wine, but with Purim here and Pesach approaching we’ve had levity on the cards and chametz (leavened food) on the brain. Made with yeast and grains, beer, like bread or whisky, is chametz gamur (pure chametz), the ultimate forbidden food on Pesach. So finding some tasty, Jewish brewed beer for a pre-Pesach indulgence is a real treat. Made by aptly named Shmaltz Brewing Company, the kosher He’brew line of beers fits the bill perfectly.

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Summer Is The Perfect Season For Sippers

June 24, 2010

Bombay Sapphire

Some summer drink suggestions including cocktails, beer and wine.

The noted philosopher Robin Williams once declared: “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party.’ ” Sounds like an ideal excuse to try new drinks and to invigorate some old favorites.

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Planning Ahead: Suggestions For Romantic Sipping

January 27, 2010

Palazzo Montanari Amarone

Romantic wine suggestions for Valentine’s Day

Indulge your beloved by sharing a bottle of wine or other fine libation on Valentine’s Day. California’s full-bodied Terra Valentine Spring Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 ($38), with richly spiced dark currant and blackberry flavors that finish with cedar, chocolate and caramel, is an excellent choice. Or, sip the more hedonistic, highly regarded Mollydooker Carnival of Love McLaren Vale Shiraz 2007 ($90), with big mouth-filling blueberry, exotic spice and dark plum flavors that seem to linger forever.

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Great Beer For Turkey Bowls

November 27, 2008

Stella Artois

A close look at some Belgian beers including Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe Brun.

By now the wines for the Thanksgiving feast have been carefully selected. But what does a self-respecting wine lover drink during the other activities of the day, such as watching football? Cider and eggnog are too unidimensional. Wine is all about aromas, flavors and texture. So it is no surprise that many wine drinkers also enjoy the better-made beers, particularly those produced in Europe.

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