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Rising Price Tags: Will they drive loyal craft beer lovers away?

Rising Price Tags: Will they drive loyal craft beer lovers away?

We all love craft beer. If we didn’t, we certainly wouldn’t be part of this large community. However, we also love our paychecks, so we have to wonder, will the rising price tags on our beloved bottles of suds start to push aficionados away over time? This is a serious concern in the industry, as we rely on our followers and without them, we may as well drain pour every bottle we produce. What on earth caused prices to rise anyway? To be honest, the rise in prices on the many craft brews we love has a lot to do […]

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May 14, 2017

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Blankiet Estate: Beauty and elegance

Blankiet Estate: Beauty and elegance

Blankiet Estate is likely one of the most lovely estates in California wine country. With views that will steal your heart and make you feel as if you’ve been pulled back in time to the world where beauty and love are the keys, this estate has shown itself to be one of the most prolific vineyards in the area. We had the opportunity to try some of their wines and we were highly impressed with the dedication and taste of each one. What types of wine does Blankiet produce? Located above Mountville, the Mayacamas Mountains set the scene for this […]

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May 14, 2017

Our Journey

Goose Island: Great Brews from the Windy City

Goose Island: Great Brews from the Windy City

Goose Island is a name that nearly everyone who loves craft beer has heard before, even if they haven’t tried one of their brews. Not having tried a Goose Island brew is unlikely, as they’re one of the biggest names in the craft brewing industry, but it could happen. These folks have been producing amazing craft beer in Chicago, Illinois for several decades and are known by many for their partnership with AB-Inbev (formerly Anheuser-Busch), a partnership that has served Goose Island very well. Although there are those who might frown over their choice to partner with big brewing, there […]

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May 14, 2017

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Bring in the reds

Bring in the reds

Red wine has been a favorite of connoisseurs for centuries. It is no wonder that when people think of the romantic eras of history, they make a connection with red wine. It is the wine that is depicted in religious texts, music, art, and more. Known for its health benefits, it is often suggested to prevent heart disease, aid with blood pressure, and several other uses throughout history. With so many things making red wine a large part of our culture, it makes sense that so many vintners select these wines for production. What are some of the red wine […]

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May 13, 2017

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Chateau Montelena Winery: A century of success

Chateau Montelena Winery: A century of success

Chateau Montelena was established in 1888 as A.L. Tubbs Winery and has a wealth of stories surrounding its construction. The only thing that is certain is that the winery itself was originally one very large space built into the side of the hill with stonework in order to create the perfect environment for aging wine. All other accounts vary so much in detail that we would simply have to hope for the resurrection of A.L. Tubbs himself to learn the truth. However, no matter the true story, the chateau is certainly a place of beauty that was quite unique to […]

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May 13, 2017

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Why is South Florida the hottest spot for your vacation

Why is South Florida the hottest spot for your vacation

South Florida has a great variety of sights and attractions for you to add to your vacation itinerary. Whether you are an avid adventurer who enjoys kayaking, windsurfing, and beach volleyball or a more studious type who prefers the museums and local art scene, Florida has plenty for you to see and do. West Palm Beach is one of the best areas of the state to visit, where you can find plenty of other folks who would agree. Food or drink or both just might do as well While you’re enjoying your vacation, make sure to check out some of […]

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May 12, 2017

Our Journey

Red or White: Which do you prefer?

Red or White: Which do you prefer?

When it comes to wine, we all have a preference. We can say that we love all wine, but it simply would not be the truth, as everyone has that one varietal they really love. Whether it is Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Chardonnay, there is one wine that really gets us going. Which do you prefer? A luscious red, full of smooth fruit and heady aroma? Or a delicate rose, pleasing to the palate and easily paired with a variety of dinners? The reds make their own beds This phrase may seem a bit silly, but it holds a […]

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May 12, 2017

Our Journey

Rainy days and crafted nights

Rainy days and crafted nights

Here in Illinois, we’ve seen plenty of rainy days the past few weeks, which has led to a copious amount of flooding. It is enough to make this little portaholic long for the South Florida shores, even during a hurricane, as at least the hurricane would eventually blow over. It seems that the incessant drone of rain on the rooftop will never end. However, I’ve found a great way to spend these rainy days and the rainy nights as well. Thank heavens for great craft beer. Craft ho! There are shenanigans afoot! Since leaving the house would have required a […]

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May 12, 2017

Our Journey

Clos Du Val : Dedication and Promise

Clos Du Val : Dedication and Promise

Clos Du Val has been located in the Stag’s Leap district for over four decades, allowing this outstanding winery to get a real grip on the terrior and microclimates of the district and their planting space. This shows in their credo, which is that a winery is responsible for refining their methods, improving their fruit, and finding ways to produce the best possible wines. They’re also responsible for learning their environment and planting vines that will not only endure but thrive in their blocks, allowing them to harvest the best fruit every year, weather permitting. This credo has served them […]

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May 12, 2017

Our Journey

Why do we love wine?

Why do we love wine?

What makes us love the wines that we adore? Is it their flavor, aroma, the lovely estates we visit to taste them? Or is it, perhaps, the many amazing people we meet along the way? Our own experiences have led us to ponder this, as we’ve spent a great deal of time visiting many vineyards and wineries throughout the United States and often wonder what really draws us to each place. Is it the wines we love or the people? There are plenty of red wines out there garnering accolades from some of the most well-known connoisseurs in the industry. […]

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May 12, 2017

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