January 2015

Winter Beer: Eisbock

weizen bock

Unlike the other beers in this “winter beer” series, Eisbock, and Bock for that matter, are lagers. Without making this a post about the differences between lagers and ales, yes, both styles can be either dark or pale. The only difference between them is the type of yeast used. (more…)

Winter Beer: Winter Ale

winter ale

Winter ales, being that they are called winter ales, are pretty much only made during the colder months of the year, from roughly November to March. As most beer styles evolved from a select few standard types, the winter ale/winter warmer is basically just a riff on a classic old ale. (more…)

Winter Beer: Russian Imperial Stout

russian imperial stout

These days, the beer behemoth that is Guinness seems to have cornered the market on stout – the two are synonymous, as most people’s knowledge of stout beer pretty much starts and ends with Guinness. Well, I’d like to say there’s nothing wrong with that as Guinness is a good beer, there is just a whole lot more to the style than Irish style stouts. (more…)

Winter Beer: Belgian Dubbel

belgian dubbel

In the land of beer, Belgium, their famous “Dubbel” brew flows like wine. Here, locals flock to cafes and bars every day to nibble on food and wash it down with their favourite beer. But, why is it called Dubbel? Is it double fermented? (more…)

Winter Snack: The Seasonal Cheese Platter

winter cheese

What makes a cheese platter seasonal? Well, I’m glad you asked. If nothing else, in winter it’s a platter of heavier and richer foods. As it is colder outside, you want some filling foods to snack on that not only keep you warm, but match well with a drink that does. Enter the winter cheese platter.  (more…)

Winter Warmer: Mulled Wine Recipe

mulled wine

Now we’re into the lowest of the lows temperature wise, so it’s time we get down to brass tacks and talk about how to warm up with another seasonal drink – the famed mulled wine. (more…)

Have Some Madeira, M’Dear

madeira bottle

In this final installment of fortified wines, we’ll take a look at the nuts and bolts of Madeira. In standard European tradition, the wine is named after the place that it comes from. In this case, the island of Madeira off the coast of Portugal, although it’s actually closer to Morocco. (more…)

Vermouth In Your Mouth

vermouth styles

Vermouth has a long standing history, in its current incarnation as well as its ties to ancient styles of flavoured wines going back to Greek and Roman times. Yet, unlike other respectable drinks such as Port and Sherry, Vermouth has lately been kept to the side, being used only in old school cocktails. (more…)

Sherry: This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Drink

sherry

What to say about Sherry? Everyone knows its sickly sweet, cloying, and for old ladies, right? Wrong again. If I have one goal with this website, it is to disprove certain myths and supposed “truisms” about wine that many people have. (more…)