In 1985 a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson was sold for the sum of $156,000. Benjamin Wallace goes on the trail of this most expensive of wines, and meets along the way Nazis, conspiracies and millionaires.
In the 1970s a handful of brewers in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia were tired of the traditional light and flavorless American beers and began exploring ways to make better beer brewed from local ingredients. The "microbrews" (as they were originally called) caught on, and the Northwest quickly became the center of the craft beer movement that is now flourishing and spreading across the United States, Canada, and the world.
Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest is a suds-soaked adventure through the 115 key breweries and brew pubs in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Lisa Morrison, aka The Beer Goddess, has included every brewery worth visiting, from pioneers like McMenamins, whose Hillsdale Brewery & Public House in southwest Portland was the first brewpub in Oregon, to a new generation of start ups like Upright Brewing, a production brewery that is creating French-Belgian inspired, open-fermented beers.
With 18 walkable pub-crawls, a beer primer and glossary, a list of the best bottle shops, Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest has everything a beer lover needs to navigate the best of what the region has to offer.
The beer cocktail trend has been with us for several years now, and, according to a host of print and online sources, it continues to grow vigorously. Frank Bruni in The New York Times reports that beer cocktails are number-one sellers in many top establishments, such as the restaurant WD-50 in New York, and also that their subtle qualities and intriguing flavors have convinced him to rethink his own former aversion to beer-drinking. Despite the popularity of the trend, Beer Cocktails is the first book devoted to the subject. Among the fifty recipes are some classic beer cocktails that predate the trend, such as the Radler, from Bavaria; Mexico's Michelada, a "warm ale flip" from Colonial America; and the most famous of all, the Black & Tan. The emphasis, however, is on newer creations, both the author's own - he is the creator of the respected blog Beyond the Shadow of a Stout (shadowofastout.com) - and ones inspired by cutting-edge bartenders from coast to coast. The four recipe chapters cover pale and American-style beers; Belgian-style beers; stouts and porters; and black and brown ales, plus a wide range of spirits and liqueurs that complement the beer bases perfectly. Front matter answers any questions that rookies or pros might have - does a beer cocktail belong in a mug or stein, or in a cocktail glass? - and dozens of color photographs make these soul-warming, vibrant drinks sing on the page.
Pierre Rajotte travelled the world in search of the ultimate brew and found that Belgian ale is, in his opinion, the pinnacle of brewing. This book demonstrates the importance of sugar, top-fermenting yeasts, and Belgian hops, to this intrinsic, traditional ale.
At last, a wine book that makes selecting and enjoying wine truly simple. With renowned wine expert Andrea Immer as your guide, never again will you have to fear pricey bottles that don't deliver, snobby wine waiters, foreign terminology, or encyclopedic restaurant wine lists. You'll be able to buy or order wine with confidence-and get just the wine you want-by learning how the " Big Six" basic styles taste and how to read any wine label.
Andrea Immer genuinely knows more about wine than most wine lovers could ever hope (or want) to learn. But she doesn't believe that you have to join a stuffy, exclusive wine-tasting set to become a savvy wine buyer. Unlike other guides on the market, Great Wine Made Simple makes it easy to master the ins and outs of choosing a wine that you and your guests will love-on any budget.
Shunning yesterday's 100-point scales and lectures on " bouquet, " Great Wine Made Simple explains wine in commonsense terms. Featuring a core curriculum of the six grapes that comprise 80 percent of today's top-selling wines, along with a complete flavor map that explains what tastes you can expect from climates around the globe, Great Wine Made Simple uses easy and fun tasting lessons to help you identify what you like and learn how to spot it on a menu or shelf.
Immer reveals the secret weapons of wine experts and explains how to decipher those enigmatic labels. In her fresh, encouraging tones, she provides enlightening exercises (such as " milk tasting" for understanding variations in wine texture) and vocabulary sessions. On a mission to empower the everyday wine buyer, with Great Wine Made Simple Immer creates a refreshing newway to choose the perfect wine for every palate and occasion.
Create you own backyard winery
From breaking ground to savoring the finished product, Jeff Cox's From Vines to Wines is the most complete and up-to-date guide to growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine.
Wine connoisseurs, gardeners, and home winemakers will find the latest techniques in this fully revised and updated edition. With thorough, illustrated instructions, you'll learn how to:
-- Choose and prepare a vineyard site
-- Construct sturdy and effective trellising systems
-- Plant, prune, and harvest the perfect grapes for your climate
-- Press, ferment, age and bottle your own wine
-- Judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, body, and taste
Pinot Noir is a uniquely challenging grape with an unrivalled ability to reflect the character of the site where it grows. In Search of Pinot Noir is a world wide survey of everywhere Pinot Noir is grown, extending from Burgundy to the New World .
Introduces brewing in a easy step-by-step review that covers the essentials of making good beer. This book includes ingredients, methods, recipes and equipment information. It provides reference to intermediate techniques like all-grain brewing variations and recipe formulation.
As the Aide de Corps for General Eisenhower during World War II Alexis's friendship triumphed all the way through Ike's Presidency of the United States. Alexis was the personal friend of Grace Kelly's and vacationed in Barbados and Haiti with Barbara Walters. Always in the mix with wine visionaries such as Robert Mondavi of Napa Valley, Baron Phillippe Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux France, or entertaining at his Chateau with his third wife the famous actress Arlene Dahl, Alexis seemed at home in a life style that most people would die for. He lived in a plush mansion in New York City and enjoyed his vacations at his beach house in the Caribbean. He owned and managed Chateaux Prieure Lichine and Chateau Lascombes in Bordeaux and three vineyards in Burgundy France. Alexis and four partners purchased the Chateau Prieure in 1951 for sixteen thousand dollars. The immigrant from Russia, would build the Prieure to such stature that his son Sasha would sell it in 1999 for twenty-eight million dollars.
Through all of his adult life the wine industry was his pulpit. From introducing gas driven tractors to replace mules and horses for cultivation in the Bordeaux vineyards, to bottling small batches of wine, Alexis Lichine was unbelievably ahead of the wine curve. He literally changed the face of advertising (and ruffled many feathers in Bordeaux) as he installed the first outdoor billboard campaign proudly promoting his own Chateaux and tasting rooms. He was so influential in the wine .business that he convinced the California wine makers early on to use varietal names on their wine labels such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir instead of European copied names such as Sauterne and Rhine wine. Add to this mix were three comprehensive wine books under his penmanship.
Cheers If you enjoy a sip or two (or three, four, or more), this compendium of drinking games is for you. Nobody will pass out (from boredom) and no party will grind to a halt with these popular alcohol-infused amusements. These liquefied challenges of knowledge, skill, and verbal skill--from a bartender, because who would know better?--are sure to please. He gives the best wacky variations on tongue-twisters, trivia, Frisbee, dice, coins, and cards, plus games based on TV shows for a night at home. All the directions are here, along with notes on the necessary supplies, ideal number of players, and strategy. Key information on universal gaming etiquette will keep things polite and no one will want to miss the slick suggestions for winning the next drink. With this dynamic guide at hand, an otherwise ordinary evening with a pitcher of beer will turn into a night of camaraderie and fun competition.