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Going Green

Everywhere you turn these days, producers from every label are touting ‘organic’. From cereal to mac n cheese, wine, and into the world of liquor. But have we really ever stopped to think about what all of this labeling really means?

Perfectly Pairing Your ‘Reds’

It should come as no surprise that the instinctive wine choice for a mouthwatering pan seared or perfectly grill marked steak hot off the grill is red, but have you ever truly analyzed the exact choice of red grape when pairing to your favorite cuts of meat? I

Golfers And Wine – A Perfect Blend

As many know we are fortunate to be hosting the 2016 matches of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National and the U.S. team is captained by golf professional, Davis Love III. A gentleman that not only shares great passion for the game of golf, but of another subject that happens to be quite near and dear to my own profession and passions, wine.

Perfect Pairings For The ‘Dog Days Of Summer’

Sure beer is pretty easy to match up with most things that come off the grill. But wine, on the other hand, always seems a bit more complicated for some folks to match up with those summer cookouts.

Demystifying The World Of Minnesota Wine

When most people think of enjoying a glass of wine, they generally tend to lean towards grapes that come from a species of grapevine called, Vitis Vinifera. You know, the grapes in your glass like: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Cabernet.

“Liquid Assets” – A Perfect Cellar For Your Palate

If you’ve found yourself with a number of wine bottles ‘stashed’ in a corner of your basement in some sort of make shift fashion you’ve created for your growing obsession of grape juice, you spend parts of your day surfing online wine stores or auctions for rare wine gems, or you’re starting to sneak in ‘small’ wine shipments past your spouse to add to your pile…chances are, you’re a wino.

Girvan Grille – Let The Word Of Mouth Begin

When the opportunity to write a story about Girvan Grille at Edinburgh USA popped up, I jumped on it like a chicken on a June bug. Constantly traveling in the golf community as I do, one quickly learns that “word of mouth” is, by far, the best marketing tool.

Wine Trends And Predictions – What’s To Come!

From distribution, to restaurateurs, educators and more – the wine community is already rewriting their lists and planning their curriculum for what looks to be another exciting year in wine. As anticipation builds and we dive into what’s to come for the world of wine, I thought I’d put together my most wanted list of wine predictions and trends to catch for readers. Let’s go!

Red, White & Sparkling!

Looking to add a sizzle to your summer gatherings? Then get ready to pop the bubbly! From the regions of France, Germany, Italy, Austria, the U.S. and beyond, the world never tires of the dazzling styles of sparkling wines made worldwide. Most notably produced from the region of Champagne, France, but most enjoyed by the country of Germany.

A Sommelier’s Tips for Wine Buying

We live in an era that allows us to purchase almost any wine we want, from wherever we want and from almost any grape varietal in the world. In fact, according to the Huffington Post’s most recent reports, the U.S. is now the world’s largest marketplace for wine, yes beating out the French!

The Greatest Mother Of All, Mother Earth

As another Mother’s Day approaches and we take another full year’s turn around the sun, I am reminded of all things that keep us grounded as individuals. Each and every Mother’s Day, we celebrate this grounding as we honor the women that gave us the opportunity to become the individuals we are today.

Practice ‘Tasting’ Makes Perfect

Golf, much like life, is a game of skill, confidence and hard work. If we don’t practice we don’t succeed, and if we don’t strive to look beyond our own skill set we don’t improve. Oddly, my life as a sommelier is very much the same.

Revitalize Your Palate

Springtime. A season that in many forms, evokes the senses, revitalizes the spirit and ushers forth a feeling of rejuvenation. As we ready our minds and our bodies for the arrival of this invigorating season, dust off the clubs and awaken our winter bodies, I invite you to think similarly about your palate.

Wine Country Travel & Etiquette

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from wine enthusiasts almost daily is ‘So…we’re planning a trip to “wine country”, where should I go?’

Dad’s Day Bevis

Let’s start with Brats & Hot Dogs: While beer, yes, is the ultimate answer for pairing, don’t forget that there are some easy drinking grapes for this pairing, too.

Since Craft Beer Has Disrupted The Industry, What’s Next?

“Craft beer completely disrupted what was once believed to be a very traditional business,” says Steven Earles, CEO of Portland-based Eastside Distilling. Eastside Distilling is a producer of master-crafted spirits created from local ingredients and focused in small batches to ensure unparalleled quality.

Sizzling Sips: Tips For Keeping Your Wine Cool!

The sound of fireworks, humidity so thick you can cut it and the smell of barbeque means one thing in Minnesota – summer! And with the Fourth of July right at our door means we’re about to take on some of the hottest temps of the summer.