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March Madness… and we are not talking basketball!

For the last 12 years, a “little” event has been held at the end of March in Galena: The Wine Lovers Weekend. In its...

Climate Change Effects on Wine and Spirits

Normally this little column addresses fun stuff like parties, alcohol trends, wine, and such. This month, however, I want to draw attention to the...

Travelogue – Portugal: A Land of Soul and Wine

Portugal is on the westernmost edge of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula, bordered to the east by Spain and to the west by the...

Pop! Pop! Pop!

All that popping must mean the holidays are fast approaching because ‘tis the season to start “popping” the corks on champagne, cava, sparkling, prosecco,...

Mocktails, Apéritifs, and Digestifs

The Mocktail Serving mocktails doesn’t exactly cause a human stampede to the bar… and in the past anyone who saddled up to the bar and...

Fermented Brew

Nowadays, making your own wine and beer at home is as easy as ordering a starter kit online. For those interested, plenty of information...

The Art of Brewing Handcrafted Beers

Galena Brew Fest is being held August 10 at Chestnut Mountain in Galena. The entry fee is $25. This gets you 24 sample tickets...

Summer Ready Libations

For a moment there, I thought we were going to have to continue to drink warm toddies and big reds. But just as in...

Every Day is a Good Day for Rosé

Rosé: that lovely, soft, yet subtle pink refreshing wine screams nothing but SUMMER! After almost a 30-year “bad rap,” Rosés have finally come back to...

The Last Drop of Wine

I think we can all recall a time when we finished the last of something that was so good that we were sorry there...