Booze and Books for the Holidays

Booze and Books for the Holidays By Bob Lipinski My annual list of books (and video) to purchase for the upcoming holidays covers a multitude of topics, genres and authors. Some are current, “just-released” publications and other are “golden oldies” … Continue reading

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Laird’s Applejack

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Laird’s Applejack By Bob Lipinski And you thought apples were only for eating… Laird’s is America’s first and oldest commercial distillery. Records indicate that William Laird, a County Fyfe Scotsman, settled in Monmouth County, New Jersey and … Continue reading

Hugel: The Jewel of Alsace

Hugel: The Jewel of Alsace By Bob Lipinski   Alsace is a storybook region dotted with picturesque villages in northeast France. It occupies a narrow strip of land between Strasbourg and Mulhouse. It is no more than four miles wide … Continue reading

A Vodka Primer

A Vodka Primer By Bob Lipinski “I never have more than one drink before dinner,” said Bond. “But I do like that one to be very large and very strong and very cold and very well-made.” — James Bond, “Casino Royale” … Continue reading

Great Wines In a Box?

Great Wines In a Box? For centuries wines have been bottled in glass containers (bottles) and enjoyed by millions of drinkers, novices and connoisseurs alike. Over the past few decades, wineries have sought alternative containers for consumers to enjoy their … Continue reading

Mozzarella Is Not Just for Pizza

Mozzarella Is Not Just for Pizza Before we start on our mozzarella journey, it’s important to note its correct pronunciation (mohtz-ah-REHL-lah). Now, this stringy, elastic, slightly salty cheese that often smothers pizza is not indicative of true mozzarella cheese. In … Continue reading

Austria: Land of Wine, Cheese, and Waltzes

Austria: Land of Wine, Cheese, and Waltzes By Bob Lipinski Although archeological evidence dates winemaking and grape-growing in Austria back thousands of years, its wines have always been overshadowed by those of Germany. Austria’s four major grape-growing regions are Burgenland, Niederösterreich, … Continue reading