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Hint of Wine Spritzer — Light and Refreshing

by Michele September 19th, 2014
Go to almost any bar or restaurant in the summer months and you will find sangria on the menu.  It must be a popular item, as I noticed this year that most establishments offered both a white and a red version.  I like many versions of sangria -- made with white or red wine, garnished with berries or citrus fruits, served by the glass or carafe.  It has become a favorite make at home drink also, both made in batches and individually.

The other weekend we had a quiet Saturday night at home.  We had planned on going out, but
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Beer

Let’s Not Go Green: Samuel Adams Irish Red Ale

by Charles Wangersky September 15th, 2014 | Beer
Beer One of the bigger advantages of being on vacation is the chance to try new things. Another is visiting old, familiar haunts. This vacation has offered rather a lot of both, as I have been returning, for the first time in literally decades, to a place where my family spent a month each summer.

Much of what I find here is familiar; small-town American life has not changed in a long time. The changes are minor: telephone service is ubiquitous now, but cell service and internet are, if I am being generous, spotty. The same corner store is still on
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Cocktails

Almond Joy — It Doesn’t Have to Be a Candy Bar

by Michele September 12th, 2014 | Cocktails, Martinis, Mixed Drinks
Cocktail Dessert cocktails really don't much more for me.  Oh sure, there was a time in my life when a chocolate or espresso martini was an exciting drink.  In fact, I have to admit that sometimes they weren't dessert drinks, they were pre-dinner drinks.  Now, something like that almost never fits anywhere into my drinking repertoire.  Except when I can make it myself to control the sweetness and consistency.

Yes, I am a picky drinker.

I do have sugar cravings, and sometimes it doesn't mean that I want a cookie or piece of candy, just a bit of sweetness to end the
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Bar Destination

3 Superb Bars and Brewpubs in Portland and Eugene

by R. Carnavale September 18th, 2014 | Bar Destination
Oregon has some terrific bars and brewpubs that are worthy of a high five, and these bars and brewpubs reflect the state's sophistication and ethnic diversity. If you enjoy handcrafted beers, unique signature cocktails and Asian fusion drinks, you'll like the following drinking establishments:

Eugene
Oakshire Brewing is a newish brewery dedicated to making fine craft beer. Award-winning brewmaster Matt Van Wyck oversees the production of year-round, seasonal and batch beers. Year-round selections include the Watershed India Pale
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Wine

Trivento, Amado Sur Malbec, 2012

by Jason Lightner September 17th, 2014 | Red Wine, Wine
Wine Trivento Amado Sur

Argentina, Malbec mix, 2012

$14.99

The southern regions of Argentina continue to surprise and delight with exquisite wines made from some of the best varietals the country's earth has to offer. Malbec, Bonarda (Douce noir), and Syrah are among some of the more popular red varietals and, as we take a look at an offering from Mendoza, these particular grapes just so happen to be the name of the game. Trivento's Amado Sur Malbec combines 70% Argentinian Malbec grapes with 18% Bonarda and 12% Syrah to craft a Malbec blend which aims to be
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Spirits

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

by TK September 16th, 2014 | Liquor
Spirits The American whiskey sales explosion has shown no sign of slowing down.  There are new distilleries and new brands hitting the market every month.  The global markets can't get enough of the oak flavor that comes with most American whiskeys.  So with all of this expansion it is always great to go back to a brand that has been around since the 19th century and do a little tasting.  Four Roses is a bourbon brand that got its start in 1888 and its distillery is in the National Register of Historic Places, and while there have been a ton
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