Posts Written OnJune 12, 2012

Las Vegas Wine

When thinking about areas known for their wine, Nevada is not exactly the first thought that comes to your mind. The harsh climate of the state is not exactly conducive to wine making. However, one winery on the outskirts of Las Vegas has not only found a way around the climate, but is now a winery providing fine wine to clients worldwide. The Pahrump Valley Winery has a history that would almost sound like an urban legend but is entirely true. When the winery first opened in 1990, the area around Las Vegas had not been as fully developed as it is now and the…

Empire State Cellars Wine Club: July 2012 Selections

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The July shipment of the Empire State Cellars Wine Club, won’t ship for another 3 or 4 weeks, but I want to tell you about them today so, if you’re not already a member but want the wines, you’ll have time to join. If you’re not familiar with the club, you can learn more here. “Hello New York” Wines Ravines Wine Cellars 2011 Dry Riesling: Winemaker Morten Hallgren favors dry wines as the best way to express Finger Lakes terroir. This riesling is precise and pure, with crunchy acidity and pretty floral, pear and lime peel flavors and a minerally vein throughout.  Suhru…

Review: Community Beer Works “The Whale”

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By the time Community Beer Works opened for business this spring, hype surrounding Buffalo’s new nanobrewery had been building for months –– after all, not only would this be Buffalo’s first new brewery since 2000, but the CBW founders, particularly head brewer Rudy Watkins, are well known for their formidable skills and knowledge in the malt, yeast, and hop realm. Like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, the mysterious brick building on Lafayette Avenue practically begged onlookers to speculate about what wild and wonderful libations might flow forth once its doors opened. Belgian quadrupels? Extra-extra-double-double-India-to-the-Max IPAs? Sours to make you cry for…