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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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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Green Thoughts: Operators Weigh In On Sustainability

Given the current concerns about health brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and growing interest in protecting the environment from climate change, sustainability has become a hot topic. Some suppliers may be quick to tout that products are sustainable, organic or biodynamically farmed, but is there real consumer interest and demand for these goods? “There has definitely been more interest in sustainable products, especially after the gyphosate lawsuits that ruled in favor of the cancer victims, which brought…

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