Barrel Aged Wine Offers Powerful Flavors

While the variety of grape and precisely how that grape is grown largely contribute to the flavor of wine, there is a multitude of flavor-enhancing factors that a barrel can add to the aging process of wine. Material from which a barrel is made; surface area within a barrel; the unique evaporation and low-level oxygen exposure within a barrel; the …

What Is It About Alcohol that People Love?

Alcohol has been around since the Stone Age, roughly 10 million years ago. Scientists even say that some research suggests pottery was invented because we needed containers and mugs for our alcohol. So, basically, we have been in the practice of consuming anything that will ferment since the dawn of time. Ever wonder why people love alcohol so much? Everyone …

How to Make a Mango Martini

There’s nothing like mango to add a little zing to your salsa, fish, salads, chicken and smoothies, but did you know that mango is also great in a martini?!!! Mango martinis are a colorful, fun twist to a traditional martini, and they include one of the three to four recommended fruit servings you should consume each day! So, if we …

To the Rich History of Vodka…Nostrovia!

It all began 8,000 years ago in Babylon, Armenia and Georgia (Russia that is!). However, the fermentation process at that time only produced about 14% alcohol content. The first historical record of distillation, which produced a higher alcohol content, was in ancient Greece – in approximately 200AD. Around 700 years later, in the 8th Century…almost the 9th Century, the Persians …