Wine & War: “It’s a hell of a story” The remarkable untold story of France’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II.”To be a Frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine.” –Claude Terrail, owner, Restaurant La Tour d’ArgentIn 1940, France [...]
Miles and Jack are back. It’s seven years later. Miles has written a novel that has been made into a wildly successful movie, and the movie has changed his life. jack, contrarily, is divorced, has a kid, and is on the skids. Phyllis, Miles’s mom, has suffered a stroke that’s left her wheel-chair bound and [...]
When Gourmet magazine debuted in the 1940s, America’s wineries were still reeling from the lingering effects of Prohibition and the loss of wines from war-torn Europe. But for every closed door, there was an open bottle: The bleak postwar years were actually a prelude to today’s unprecedented and widespread appreciation for the grape. Gourmet editor [...]
For anyone interested in wine, this book is simply a must. First of all, it takes you into a rarefied world few us will ever have the chance to partake. There is that tiny upper echelon, in terms of income, who have the pocket change to buy bottles and bottles of rare wines and stoke [...]
Breathalyzers…hey, you should totally have one on hand to check your party guests before they jump into their potential death mobiles. Oh sorry, didn’t mean to be such an alarmist. But, really, it’s a nice gesture to have on hand to make sure everyone stays safe. And, you can keep one in your car for [...]
Given: Stone Brewery makes some awesome beer. Giver: Gifts for the Arrogant Bastard fan who loves everything Stone.
An Amazon gift card seems like the answer when you’re racking your brain for gift inspiration. The world is your gift-giving oyster! Buy here…oh, and one for yourself!
Whisky stones keep your drink chilled without diluting it. Food grade soapstone, milled in Vemont. Oh yes. Finally. Who wouldn’t appreciate that?
“On November 15, thirty years ago, two friends mixed 300 pounds of pale malt and roasted barley, then added six pounds of hops. A week later they pried open their bottles of beer and poured it all down the drain—it had an unwelcome astringent taste. Ten batches later, after seeking advice internationally and experimenting, Ken [...]
From a favorite small Italian pasticceria, that of artisan Giovanni Cogno, tucked deep within Italian wine country. A sensual assortment of dark chocolate truffles infused with Barolo wine and grappa distilled from Barolo wine. For the true indulgents on your list (or in your household!)
“The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make.” (Source: Robert M. Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate)
This book about why wine is important is going to end up taking its place among the most important wine books ever written. Beauty, according to the brilliant importer and writer Terry Theise, is what we’re ultimately seeking in life. Start there. Everything else is exposition. And the beauty in Theise’s prose is his refusal [...]
Here’s a gift idea whose time has come…Spanx for your guy. Holiday partying and no time for the gym? Beer belly popping out? Got moobs? He’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness that gives him an easy way out because he can’t stand the idea of dieting. He can still look fit as a fiddle. Just don’t call [...]
Kentucky bourbon and chocolate. What could be bad?! And check out the Kentucky Bourbon and Carmel Corn with Pecans & Chocolate. Sinful! Handmade fresh daily, made with only real butter, sugars, real vanilla Freshly popped popcorn Fresh Texas Pecans Guittard semi-sweet chocolate chunks
Want to pretend you’re the world’s greatest bartender? Well, you can try with the sound advice of Colin Field, bartender at the world famous Bar Hemingway in Paris. Here’s a cool review: This review is from: The Cocktails of the Ritz Paris (Hardcover) I have had the enjoyable opportunity to share many cocktails with Colin, [...]