Here it is, Avid Reader, the first official beer of spring! That’s not to say I haven’t been sampling other stuff, but this is the first one I’m telling you about, and I find it fitting that this particular brew was made with dandelion. You read that right, and trust me when I tell you that dandelions are edible: when I was growing up my grandfather would come up and visit in the spring. He’d sit on the porch, then ask my sister and me to gather all the dandelions that hadn’t blossomed. We come back with a few handfuls, he’d pluck one up and eat in front of us and he would take the rest inside to wash then use in a salad. I never ate one -- maybe someday I will -- but dandelions always remind me of spring and my grandfather. Fiddleheads I can handle,
That being said, the Bee's Knees is essentially an archaic Lemon Drop. It belongs along such great old timey lady drinks as the Brandy Crusta and Mary Pickford. It's sweet and lemony and
Should you strain it? No. I mean, if it bothers you, drink as you please but it will not adversely effect the flavor of your wine. A lot of producers send their wine through rather strenuous straining procedures to make the wine as palatable as possible, making sure it fits the color, complexion and flavor of the style.
Italy, Barbera d'Asti, 2011
Italian vineyards have a longstanding tradition of being held in high regard for their incredible varietals brought about by rich soil and careful harvesting. Home to some of the oldest wine producing regions in the world, Italy boasts an incredible number of 20 distinct regions, including Toscana, Piemonte, and Calabria, just to name a few. The vast differences in grapes from region to region highlight what is perhaps my favorite part of enjoying wine — not only do they usually pair well with a box of chocolates, but wine varietals are not too dissimilar from the box itself.
The posh, purple label, busy with various amounts of Italian script, gives very little in the way of description:
The Italian phrase, "Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita." translates to "Denomination of controlled and guaranteed origin," while the Italian prahse, "Imbottigliato all'origine da Braida." translates to "Bottled at the source, Braida."
Montebruna displays rich
So here's the thing. When you look at a bottle of Remy Martin or Hennessy, realize this: you are drinking several cognacs from small producers. They literally buy the leftover bottles of single grape cognac and mix them, label them and mark up the price exorbitantly. Big house cognacs, like the popular saying, are actually and literally the cognac France didn't want, mixed together and sold