The Best Temperature for Storing or Serving Wine

Temperature is an important factor for both the service and storage of wine. Not only is wine a perishable product that needs to be kept cool to avoid spoilage, but it also tastes differently when chilled or warmed. Our experience of wine’s flavor is dominated by aromatic compounds that are volatile and vaporize at different temperatures, plus others that can alter perceived mouthfeel as well, like tannins. If you try the same wine from two…

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8 Great Margarita Day Recipes

Margarita Day rolls around again on Feb. 22, and what better way to  honor the best-selling cocktail than with a fresh spin on the classic. There’s no shortage of riffs on the Margarita, so we’ve rounded up some favorite flavors and new contenders, plus a no-alcohol option. Blood Orange Margarita (shown atop)2 oz. Cincoro Blanco tequila1 ½ oz. Blood orange juice ½ oz. Fresh lime juice¼ oz. Agave syrup Build all ingredients into a cocktail shaker then…

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Very Special Valentines Cocktails For 2021

Valentine’s Day may be a little easier to forget this year, with Covid-19 continuing to keep people apart and generally upending every occasion for the past year. But since Feb. 14 falls on a Sunday why not make it a Valentine’s weekend.  Bonus: The following Monday is President’s Day, which is a holiday at many companies, so people may be more inclined to indulge in a glass of bubbly or two, or a festive cocktail.…

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10 American Whiskey Trends in 2021

While Covid-19 shut down most of the world in 2020, whiskey aged in rickhouses all the same. The market for American brown spirits hardly cooled off. The boom in consumer interest continued throughout the pandemic, fueled in part by so many people staying home and needing a drink. This affected American whiskey trends. The category was already red hot before the health crisis. We remain in a new golden age for brown spirits, which has fueled…

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A Taste of The Cayman Islands

A trip to the Caribbean may be out of reach for most right now due to pandemic, but you can dream of warm sun, white sand and deep blue sea while sipping a specialty cocktail and enjoying some spicy jerk barbeque. To help facilitate such virtual vacations, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism on Jan. 12 held a Zoom “Cook-and-Sip” event with a noted island chef and mixologist. Food Network Chef Dylan Benoit walked the participants…

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