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State of the Bar - "9 Wine Trends for 2018"

Welcome to the first edition of the "State of the Bar". This edition will focus on wine trends for 2018. The second and third editions will hone in on spirits and beer.

Like all of us, 2017 was a complicated year for wine. Drought and the tragic wild fires that burned through northern California and its vineyards left its mark on an otherwise successful year for the wine industry. Shaken, but not defeated, what is on the horizon for 2018 wine trends? Let’s take a look at which trends will open up, breath, and come to maturity in 2018.

Wine Spotlight - "Best Wines To Pair With Ham For Christmas Dinner"

Courtesy of Wine Folly

Dry-Cured, Aged Ham

Thinly-sliced, bold flavored hams with a chewy texture and typically higher salt content.

A classic example of this style of ham, that nearly all of us know, is the Italian favorite, Prosciutto. You’ll find ham in this style typically served in micro-thin sheets as a melt-in-your mouth appetizer.

  • Prosciutto
  • Bayonne Ham
  • Serrano Ham
  • Jamón Ibérico
  • Speck

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Wine Spotlight - 8 Best Buys And Ratings For The Holiday Season

As I pursue my Level 2 WSET Advanced Certification in Wine, I decided to share with you my "8 Best Buys" for wine this season along with tasting notes and rating. I will also list my favorite wines right now regardless of expert ratings, cost, and availability (PA has limited distribution for some of these wines).

Cocktail Spotlight - Thanksgiving Cranberry Cocktail

Enjoy this great seasonal Thanksgiving cocktail you can sip before, during, or after Thanksgiving dinner. You can even enjoy this elixir on Black Friday or this weekend paired with that left-over turkey sandwich and cranberry sauce.

 

The New Age 'Cocktail' Without the Morning After

For those who don't drink, who aren't in the mood to drink, or maybe drank too much the night before, a well-balanced, fresh, non-alcoholic beverage with complex flavors and thirst-quenching chararcteristics can be hard to find. Drinking flavored waters, protein drinks, and drinks with low sugar and calories may be fine for some people, but it would be nice to have something more or special. A drink with a little something extra.

Arriving on the scene is the non-alcoholic cocktail known as the 'mocktail'.

Celebrating National Mojito Day - History & Variations

National Mojito Day is celebrated on July 11th, but in reality, mojitos can be and should be enjoyed all summer-long. Below you will find many different variations on this classic Cuban-born elixir along with its history. Since I will be away the week of the 11th, I am sharing this post today.

Choosing A Bartender For Your Next Party or Event - What You Need To Know???

So you're having a party or event and you're interested in hiring a Professional Bartender/Mixologist to take care of you and your guests? Great idea! But how do you evaluate professional bartenders and which service is the best for you? After all, it is a profession that many people are truly unfamiliar with. There is a lot that the common man or woman does not know. Here are the questions you should ask before you consider hiring a Professional Bartender/Mixologist. Make sure they meet all or most of these requirements.

Cocktail of the Month - Hemingway Daiquiri & Other Daiquiris

The classic Hemingway Daiquiri is my "Cocktail of the Month", which is great for sipping by pool or at the beach. Enjoy the different takes on this classic libation, including Michael's version. Also, because I was in the Daiquiri 'spirit', I included a great You Tube video from my friend and colleague, Marsha Meyer, on making a proper classic Daiquiri - check it out. Btw, the Daiquiri, against popular belief, is not a blended frozen drink.

Contributor Spotlight - "Homemade Wine Ice Cream"

Thank you to my friend and writing colleague, Katelyn Green, for contributing and sharing this excellent piece on "Homemade Wine Ice Cream". Don't forget about the author, Kristen Nunez, as well. We all know how difficult the writing profession is and the importance of being recognized for good work. I assured Katelyn that my readers, audience, and both foodies and wine connoisseurs alike would love it. Please share the direct link to this piece and the awesome lifestyle blog at the end of the story for more great info. Social media links below.

 

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