Thursday, July 31, 2014
   

Wine on a Stick?

Wine on a Stick?

It's August and time to have some fun with wine and beer! Most of us have our favorite seasonal wines and beers, why not go a step further and use them to make special summer treats? What says summer more than popsicles?

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By John B. Donovan

Tannins

Tannins

“In vino veritas, in aqua sanitas.” (In wine there is truth, in water there is health.) – Pliny the Elder

What are they and what do they do?
We have all heard about tannin. The term is frequently tossed around in wine circles, but most people aren't really sure exactly what it means. Let's delve into this a bit. Last year was Wine 101; we're now beginning the advanced courses!

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By John B. Donovan

Noble Grapes

Noble Grapes

If you want a passionate discussion that may border on an argument, ask a wine aficionado how many noble grapes there are. Actually, I'm not sure there is a definitive answer.

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By John B. Donovan

Mead is in the making at Galena Cellars

Mead is in the making at Galena Cellars

It dates back to ancient times and traces have been found worldwide, from Asia, across Europe, and down into Africa. Vikings drank it from horns. Irish monks drank it during medieval times, and the Irish celebrate with it yet today at their weddings and their honeymoons. It was enjoyed by all classes, from peasants to noblemen. Now, Galena Cellars is making it at its vineyard and it’s not coming from grapes – it’s coming from bees and from wildflowers that love the rich soil found in northwestern Illinois.

Taste, Wine & Spirits |

Spring Wines

Spring Wines

Spring sure took long enough to arrive. (Keep in mind this is being written in March, and it snowed this morning.) But now that the weather is nice, we can once again get outside, grill, and have a refreshing glass of wine on the back porch or patio.

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By John B. Donovan

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