have undertaken to
rewrite this page. The page that has been posted here for the last 5 years was sophomoric &
immature. Chugging .. sheesh! Anyway...
What can I say about alcohol? Well, I like a good bottle of wine with a nice meal. I tend to
subscribe to the old school of wine and food - whites with chicken & seafood, and reds with
red meats. I also feel that while this is a guideline, it is by no means a requirement &
those who say "Drink what you like" have a good point.
I enjoy Australian chardonnay and shiraz, classic Italian reds, such as a chianti, some French
whites (Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuse is one of my favorites), and of course the good German rieslings
for dessert. California wines are often very good, as well.
I enjoy cooking with wine, and will have a couple of beers and a shot or 2 of
Jagermeister (nectar of the gods!) to unwind on the weekend.
I worked at a local package store immediately following my graduation from college. Say what you
will about the appropriateness of my job choice, it was the only thing I could find at the time.
Anyway, while I worked there, I had the opportunity to taste many wines, as we had wine tastings
every Saturday. I've come to enjoy some Italian reds (I love those inexpensive Chiantis), Italian
whites (Luna di Luna Chard/Pinot Grigio blend is wonderful!), Australian whites and reds (a great
Shiraz will complement steak wonderfully!), as well as some California whites.
An excellent site to visit to learn more about wine is the
Wine Spectator, a monthly magazine all about wine,
local and internation. You may be surprised to learn that there are vintners and breweries in
your area. In Connecticut, we have the
Elm City Brewing Company, the
, and the
City Steam Brewery Cafe (FKA Brown Thompson's)
in Hartford, among many others. Check out the
Institute for Brewing Studies and the
Association of Brewers for more information about brewers in your
We've also got many local vintners, including the
DiGrazia in Brookfield, and McLaughlin Vineyards in my
hometown of Newtown, CT. Check out
All American Wineries to find vintners close to
Anyway, I learned a lot about alcohol, especially beer, both in school and on the job, but there's always more to learn!