Tag Archives: Oak (wine)

• We love this guy so he’s excused for launching another celebrity wine

We love this guy so he’s excused for launching another celebrity wine

Graham Norton, of English chat show fame…and well-deserved, we might add…launched his very own SauviGNon blanc and it has flown off the shelves in the UK and Ireland. It is said that Graham spent a whole day tasting a few samples from six different vineyards in the Marlborough region and came up with his very […]

• Guy posed as a glass of wine on Tinder. Guess what happened?

Guy posed as a glass of wine on Tinder. Guess what happened?

Food writer Sean Fahmy wondered “How would girls respond if they were being hit on by, oh I don’t know…a glass of wine, perhaps?” so, of course, he signed up on Tinder as Wine 24: “If I’m being honest, I just want to be inside you.” “I can be fruity at times but I can […]

• Distiller Promises To Make Kentucky Liquor Quicker

Distiller Promises To Make Kentucky Liquor Quicker

Kentucky bourbon is in high demand these days. Sales and production of the whiskey have surged in recent years. The demand has created a problem: a shortage of barrels. Bourbon is typically aged for several years in wooden casks. But one company has found a work-around. It’s come up with a chemical process that ages […]

• A Bullshitter’s Guide To Scotch Whisky

A Bullshitter’s Guide To Scotch Whisky

GQ meets up with Alan Winchester, the Master Distiller at The Glenlivet, to talk through the do’s and don’ts of Scotch whisky. First things first. To call itself a scotch whisky, a potential scotch whisky has a few hoops to jump through before it earns the moniker. It must be made from malted barley, it […]

• Remember Marsala Wine? It’s Coming Back!

Remember Marsala Wine? It’s Coming Back!

Sicily has been a major wine producer since it was ruled by the ancient Greeks. The island is ideal for viticulture, thanks to its combination of a balmy climate (around 300 days of fine weather each year) and fertile, volcanic soil. Unfortunately, during much of the modern era, Sicily’s bountiful harvest resulted in low-caliber, bulk vino, […]

• What a way to go. Woman drowns in wine barrel…

What a way to go. Woman drowns in wine barrel…

…after becoming intoxicated by fumes. A 25-year-old Spanish woman drowned after becoming intoxicated by fermentation gases and falling into a wine barrel, Metro reported. Nerea Perez, a vineyard worker in northern Spain, reportedly had been stirring wine while it was fermenting— a lengthy process that allows the wine to come in extra contact with dead […]

Last Minute Gift Guide! It’s Not Too Late!

Last Minute Gift Guide! It’s Not Too Late!

            SUNGLASSES MADE FROM WINE BARRELS Woodzee makes sunglasses out of wood. In November, they’re teaming with Northern California’s Robert Mondavi Private Selection to offer glasses made of repurposed barrels, wine stains included. The wood is smooth and the aroma heavenly. They come in four different lenses but the same […]

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• Wine Spectator Announces Its 2013 Wine of the Year

Wine Spectator Announces Its 2013 Wine of the Year

Top honor goes to a Spanish wine for the first time. For the first time ever, a wine from Spain has claimed the top ranking in Wine Spectator‘s annual Top 100 list of the most exciting wines of the year. Made by one of Rioja’s most important producers, which was founded in the 19th century, […]

• How One Man Is Aging Whisky In A Week, Not Years

How One Man Is Aging Whisky In A Week, Not Years

The aging process is an essential part of whisky-making. The charred oak barrel gives the liquor its caramel colour and imparts rich, subtle flavours. Problem is, this soaking step takes years to complete. But one enterprising distillery has figured out how to ripen sour mash in a fraction of the time. Cleveland Whiskey is an […]

• The craft of barrel-aged beer

The craft of barrel-aged beer

One of craft beer’s biggest trends of recent years is the explosion of barrel-aged beers hitting the shelves and taps. These complex and often potent brews require extra care and time to produce, and it seems that craft brewers enjoy making them as much as beer lovers enjoy drinking them. Barrel aging is a way […]

• Forget what you think you know Riesling cause it’s most assuredly wrong

Forget what you think you know Riesling cause it’s most assuredly wrong

Riesling gets a bad rap. Typically thought of as a sweet wine, American winos couldn’t be more wrong. Maybe your first icky experience was way-back-when and you swore you’d never drink Riesling again. Put that memory behind you and step up to some incredible wines. Happily, I had the chance to taste Rieslings from S.A. […]

• VelvetPalate.com, a new private, wine-sale website

VelvetPalate.com, a new private, wine-sale website

Website Helps Boutique Winemakers, Responsible for Much of the Growth in the Wine Industry, Bring Their Handcrafted Wines to Consumers, at 40-65% Below Retail. While small- and mid-sized winemakers were responsible for much of the growth of the $32-billion wine industry over the past year*, their wines can be difficult to come by. Enter Velvet […]

• Top Scottish distillers fill whiskey barrels at Mount Vernon distillery

Top Scottish distillers fill whiskey barrels at Mount Vernon distillery

Master distillers from Scotland are wrapping up a three-day visit to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate to whip up a special batch of Scotch whiskey. On Wednesday the distillers will fill specially constructed oak barrels with the hand-crafted single-malt liquor to begin a three-year aging process. The distilling is the latest in a series of […]

• 15 Very Important Things You Should Know About Bourbon

15 Very Important Things You Should Know About Bourbon

Southerners drink bourbon like the French drink wine: with pride and abandon. But how much does the average whiskey drinker know about America’s liquid gift to the world? We gave you the rundown on bourbon in our February issue, but here are a few more facts to keep you well-stocked with Kentuckian anecdotes. Bourbon, Defined […]

• Prepare for Battle! Fruity Flavors Invade the Whiskey Bottle

Prepare for Battle! Fruity Flavors Invade the Whiskey Bottle

Good whiskey is simple – grains, an oak barrel, maybe a little peat thrown into the mix for some Scottish flair. The formula is largely unquestioned and distillers deviate from it at their own peril. And why would they? Whiskey has been sacrosanct for hundreds of years, filling the tumblers of commoners and kings alike. […]