Category Archives: Wine and Spirits

The Cuba-Russia Connection

William Gibson’s Spook Country, this week’s reading (if you can call a full novel “a reading”) involves the anxieties of post-9/11 America, locative art, and a Cuban-Russian connection regarding the undermining of the US.  Gibson uses one of his characters … Continue reading

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War Time Armagnac

Although the wine cellar is always the first reason to take a trip to Bern’s Steak house, the upstairs dessert room makes a strong argument for the second reason.  In addition to the private dessert cabins and tasty sweets, the … Continue reading

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The Bern’s California Walk

Bern’s Steak House is not just a local Tampa institution, but a national one.  Although it’s one of the finest steak houses in the country, the primary reason to go is exploring the world’s largest operating wine cellar. While there … Continue reading

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Espresso Martinis and Expiration Dates

A few weeks ago I came across an article somewhere (which actually turned out to be more of an ad for a particular type of vodka than an actual article) talking about making the perfect espresso martini.  Let’s set aside … Continue reading

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Habanero-Infused Basil Watermelon Smash

The picture above is the second crop from our habanero plant. I’ve done a fair amount of cooking with them, but I needed more to do, so cocktails seemed natural.  There’s probably also some habanero jelly in my future.  When … Continue reading

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2017 Fall Allocations

Honestly, this post is more for my friends who might piggyback on our allocations than anyone else, but feel free to enjoy the write-ups (and if you live nearby and want to hop in, let me know).  It’s also a … Continue reading

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Post-Ric’s Friday Wine Down

We moved to Lakeland just over a year ago and nearly immediately found a great local wine shop.  Ric’s Wine Market has become the place we get most of the wine we don’t pick up from mailing lists.  More importantly, … Continue reading

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