by Amy Reiter in Drinks, News, March 21st, 2017
by Amy Reiter in Drinks, News, February 17th, 2017
Wines with no or low alcohol content may sound, to buzz-loving oenophiles, like a day without sunshine, but (trend watch?) the New York Daily News has declared them to be “a thing.”
The paper relays that NA wine sales in the year ending January 28, 2017 have been a “robust” $99 million annually, according to Nielsen data, yet it notes that sales the year prior were actually 5.4 percent higher.
by Amy Reiter in Drinks, News, December 28th, 2016
It may seem as if America is becoming a nation of wine sippers — and it’s true that many of those who prefer wine today were more likely to opt for other kinds of alcoholic beverages a decade ago. But don’t worry, beer drinkers, because there are still more of you than there are of them.
Almost four out of 10 — 38 percent — of alcohol consumers over age 21 in the United States said beer was their beverage of choice, whereas 31 percent prefer wine and 28 percent like spirits/liquor most of all, according to a recent Harris Poll survey of 1,540 adults.
by Amy Reiter in Drinks, News, December 16th, 2016
If you’re a beer drinker and variety is your thing, you’re in luck. You could now drink a beer from a different American brewery every single day for more than thirteen and a half years (13.5 years!) and never have to return to the same brewery twice.
That’s because, according to a recent report from the Brewers Association, a trade association focused on small and independent United States brewers, the number of breweries in the U.S. has climbed, as of the end of November, to a record-setting 5,005.
by Maria Russo in Drinks, Recipes, December 15th, 2016
What’s amaro? No, it’s not what you get when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie. That’s amore. (Thanks, Dean!)
That bitter liqueur your old-school Italian relatives used to drink after a big meal? Yes, friends, that is amaro — and NPR’s All Things Considered reports that it’s getting an “American revival.”
by Jessica Merchant in Drinks, Holidays, December 9th, 2016
The official first day of winter may be not be until next week, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t already felt plenty frosty outside. If the season’s chill has you cozying up under a blanket (or two) already, it’s probably high time to brew your first batch of hot cocoa. As you’re snuggling on the couch, reach for one of these six flavorful renditions of comforting cocoa to warm up from the inside out.
Not just for too-cute cookies, the seasonal flavor of gingerbread, featuring plenty of fragrant ground ginger, ground cinnamon and grated nutmeg, shines when paired with chocolate. This Gingerbread Hot Chocolate recipe gets two boosts of chocolate: one from cocoa powder and another from chopped milk chocolate.
by Amy Reiter in Drinks, News, December 8th, 2016
Peppermint-white chocolate mochas ruined my life. But in the best way possible!
See, I never used to like coffee. I didn’t have any desire to try to drink it as a kid or through high school. When I went to college, I once got some sort of a sugary mocha frozen drink, which made me break into a cold caffeine sweat in the middle of class. I decided to never drink it again. The problem was, as I got older, I wanted to like coffee. I wanted to be the cool kid who could meet friends at coffee shops and actually, well, drink coffee — not get hot chocolate.
So, one holiday season, I started getting a small peppermint-white chocolate mocha, and I actually enjoyed it. It became my gateway to what could now be considered a caffeine addiction. But, of course, it’s a good addiction. Right?
Back in the day, I wanted my coffee — especially iced coffee — to taste like ice cream. The thing is, I lean way more toward iced coffee than toward a hot cup. I don’t like my hot coffee sweet, but I do love my iced coffee sweet.
And this mocha that I made for you today — not only is it sweet, but it’s boozy, too! Win, win. This would be such a fun afternoon holiday treat while you finish trimming the tree. It would even be a delicious dessert if you use decaf espresso. And since it is the holiday season, it may even make a lovely Christmas morning treat. Just sayin’.
by Jessica Merchant in Drinks, November 11th, 2016
There’s nothing like sipping a glass of red wine at a gathering of friends on a winter night. It’s truly a lovely feeling. But that headache you get afterward? Not lovely at all.
Why do you always seem to get a red wine headache, especially when the person next to you has no issue at all? And what can you do to keep those headaches at bay?
by Maria Russo in Drinks, Food Network Chef, Holidays, November 7th, 2016
I like to tell everyone that I was completely deprived because I never even tried ginger beer until I was at least 28 years old. It happened to be in my very first Moscow mule, which I completely adored, but I was all over the ginger beer itself before anything else.
While I was lucky enough to grow up in a home where my mom cooked every night, we had a lot of the same (delicious!) staples, and her cooking focused more on comfort than it did on adventure. I’m sure that also had to do with feeding four mouths other than her own, and the last thing she wanted to do was cook a new, exciting meal for us to turn our noses up at it.
So it’s safe to say that I don’t think she ever even purchased ginger root. She would cook with ground ginger, but the fresh stuff never graced our home, and it wasn’t until I started cooking myself that I fell in love with it. The hint of spice that comes with fresh ginger is so refreshing and lovely.
by Amy Reiter in Drinks, News, October 20th, 2016
With so much focus on executing the all-important turkey, mashed potatoes and casseroles, it’s often easy to overlook what comes next on Thanksgiving, after the prep work is done: the actual eating of the turkey, potatoes and casseroles, of course. With eating comes drinking, especially around the holidays, and just as you invested time in planning an epic feast, so too can you find an extra-special wine to round out the meal. Recently we caught up with Alex Guarnaschelli at an event in New York City in which she partnered with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wines to showcase her secrets for transforming turkey-day leftovers with Woodbridge wines. The Iron Chef and Chopped judge was quick to point out that there are no hard-and-fast rules for both drinking and cooking with wine.
“You write a rule book and then we just break it,” she said of pairing wine with Thanksgiving dinner. “Turkey’s one of those things. In a way, I would almost say you could do a platter of the white meat and a little bit of stuffing and some green bean casserole, and have a nice, crisp Chardonnay. Then you could go in the other direction: Take some of the dark meat, some cranberry sauce, some stuffing and have a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon,” she explained, adding that there are possibilities for personal preference. “Depending on how you lay out your plate, you could really drink either.”
You’re out to dinner with friends and decide to order a bottle of wine, but there’s something about the wine that seems … sort of … off to you. Still, you’re no wine expert, so how can you really know? Should you just swallow your doubts and drink the wine anyway? Or should you risk seeming high-maintenance and send it back?
It can be difficult to tell whether a wine is actually bad or just not your cup of tea — to mix a beverage metaphor. Happily, the web is filled with advice from oenophiles (including this recent article on FoxNews.com) on how to handle the situation. It all basically comes down to three things: