K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Stoopid)

K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Stoopid)

This week’s blog is all about keeping it simple Stoopid. Sometimes it seems like it is hard to find a beer that doesn’t have any trendy fruit flavor, a sour or barrel aged. There are times that I just want and need a well-balanced beer. Well, if you are...

Joel Gott Rolls Along

We’ve been following Joel Gott for some time now and it’s still amazing to witness his success in the wine market. It seems like overnight, but he’s been bottling his eponymous wines since 1996. Starting out with some single vineyard Zinfandel from California, he now...

Budgets Suck, Beer is Good

Part of my New Year’s resolution, as it is most years, is to save more money. As is most things, this task is easier said than done. We put all our expenses on a spreadsheet, looked at what we make vs. what we are spending, subtracted our bills and were surprised that...

What We Need Now is Vigilance!

Clay Shannon is a rancher, grape grower, and businessman. He is also a man of the land and, through the operation of his estate, is attempting to have the smallest carbon footprint possible. His wine labels include both Vigilance and Shannon Ridge which are Lake...

Cheers to 30 Years!

In honor of 2017 being the 30th anniversary of Lakefront Brewery from Milwaukee, WI turning out great craft beer I’ve decided to spotlight two of their offerings. Before we get to those, I’d like to drop some craft beer industry facts with you that might...

Lyrics by Etude, Music by Santa Barbara

If you have followed this missive over the last few years you already know that Santa Barbara County contains some of my favorite wineries, vineyards and places to visit. It’s a place with wonderful terroir, bringing together ocean breezes and long, cool growing...

Snuggle Up with a Beer

Bring on the snow and snuggle in with some delicious vanilla style beers for this winter season. Grab a brew, a fantastic movie and build a fire. Snuggle and enjoy. – Cassie And Now, the Brews   Breckenridge | Vanilla Porter This guy comes out of the hills...

Tilia for Wine Value

To say that Nicolás Catena is a pioneer in the Argentine wine production is a bit of an understatement. He is often cited as the person who has helped create the high quality, modern industry that Argentina is today. The Catena family operates in many different...
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