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Archive for December, 2009

About to try Highland Park 12 years. Here are some great reviews.

Tasting notes are great idea as well.

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A Camembert to look out for…

Just read an interesting article about a wonderful French Camembert made by Herve Mons. Question posed: “…why was Herve Mons making a pasteurized-milk Camembert, and how did he make such a good one?”

Mons says that 90% of the quality of a cheese comes from the quality of the milk.  Who knew?

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Mmm Cheese

Cheese is almost always the perfect accompaniment to a lovely cocktail or a glass of fine wine. That said, even though my task is to focus on wine and spirits, no exploration of the topic would be complete without a discussion of cheese.

Tonight I enjoyed some Cashel Blue.  I am fairly knowledgeable about cheese, but this one was completely new to me. Cashel Blue is Ireland’s original artisinal blue cheese, and is a great starter cheese, I think, for those new blues. Made from cow’s milk, it’s milder and less salty compared to other, more popular, stronger-flavored blues.  Definitely worth a try.

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So sure, I’ve had my share of vodka shots, but that was a long time ago and before I knew there was well more beyond Absolut.  Ah, the ignorance of youth…

This quest starts with finding out an answer to the following question: What’s the best vodka out there?

I initially thought to myself, “Hey, that’s easy, it’s Stoli” (natch! it’s Russian, for pete’s sake), but that was mighty narrow-sighted of me.  Who knew there were a million different brands and a million different ways of making vodka? (Yes, that’s an exaggeration, but seriously, I had no idea you could make vodka from wheat, from rye, etc. etc.).  So the Google search began, and lo-and-behold someone had done the work for me with this guide to the best vodkas.

**Spoiler alert**
For those who can’t be bothered to click, or just want to know already, two are tied for first place: Ketel One and Ciroc.  I’d recommend reading the guide, though.  It’s short and sweet.

If you’d like to venture into newbie-connoisseur land, then visit this fantastic vodka ratings and review site where you can read reviews, learn about every possible brand out there, and then rate them yourself.

Na zdorovia!

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Hello world!

Yes, I left the default wordpress post title.  😀

As a complete novice/amateur/newbie connoisseur of wine and spirits, I am embarking on an unabashed quest of educating myself on anything and everything there is to know. End goal: to learn just enough to enhance my imbibing activities.  I’ll leave the connoisseurship to the true connoisseurs.

The feedback, comments, and discoveries of like-minded folks are most welcome, so please post freely!

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