Thirsty Thursday: 2012 J Vineyards Pinot Gris

Jul 10, 2014 1 Comment

One of the more unique wineries in California is J Vineyards in Sonoma County.  Focusing primarily on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris, J has carved itself a solid niche in the flooded California wine market, especially in regards to their sparkling wines.  However, quality tends to come at a price and the majority of […]

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Thirsty Thursday: Allagash “Black” Belgium Style Stout

Jul 03, 2014 1 Comment

With summer’s sweltering heat in full swing, chances are a stout is last style of beer your body is currently craving.  However, Allagash’s “Black” defies the rich winter warming heaviness typically associated with stouts providing beer gluttons with a sud that delivers the smooth flavors of the style without the weight.  It’s a surprising new […]

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Thirsty Thursday: Flying Dog “Dead Rise” Summer Ale

Jun 19, 2014 No Comments

Beer is good. Old Bay too. But what about beer brewed with Old Bay??? Created to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Maryland’s seasoning of choice, “Dead Rise” Summer Ale is the product of Flying Dog Brewery in Fredrick Maryland.  At first glance Dead Rise seems to fit in the category of misguided flavored brewing adventures […]

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Thirsty Thursday: Grand Teton Brewing “Splash Down” Belgian Style Golden Ale

Jun 12, 2014 2 Comments

For the most part, there’s a Belgian beer for just about any palate in this world and one of the gold standards for Belgian Style Golden Ales or Strong Pale Ales is Duvel.  Rated as the best beer of its style on Beer Advocate, Duvel’s vibrant and enthusiastic sud drives home its identity making it […]

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Thirsty Thursday: 2012 Red Tail Ridge Good Karma

Jun 05, 2014 No Comments

Though married to a New Yorker, I typically temper my enthusiasm for New York wines. It’s not that the Empire State is incapable of producing good or even great wines, but my experience has been that New York wines are of average quality at best and usually over priced when compared to those from larger […]

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Thirsty Thursday Fail: Anchor Brewing California Lager

May 15, 2014 3 Comments

Being a Northern California boy, I have a soft spot for San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing. One of the original craft breweries in the country their flag ship beer, Anchor Steam, is an old favorite, especially when tossing back some raw oysters from the famous Hog Island Oyster Co. So when I recently came across one […]

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Thirsty Thursday: 2010 Jim Barry “The Lodge Hill” Shiraz

May 01, 2014 No Comments

For most of America the thaw of spring is in full swing which means it’s time to dust off the old barbecue and start grillin.  The warmer weather also means most people begin the transition to lighter crisper whites and refreshing rosés to satisfy their palate while cooling their bodies/minds.  But if you’re like me there’s […]

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