Fourth of July Celebration

Fourth of July Celebration

By Bob Lipinski Independence Day commemorates the Continental Congress’s formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. However, it was not declared a federal holiday until 1941. Following are some tidbits of holiday celebration. The Statue of...
Pinot Grigio—The Grape and the Wine

Pinot Grigio—The Grape and the Wine

By Bob Lipinski Pinot Grigio is the number one selling white wine from Italy and has been for many years. This fruity, easy-to-drink, dry to off-dry wine is made throughout the world with the bulk coming from Northern Italy. Pinot Grigio has been grown in Italy since...
Time to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Time to Celebrate Mother’s Day

By Bob Lipinski “Some are kissing mothers, and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.” (Pearl S. Buck) When we think of Mother’s Day, images of multicolored flowers, greeting cards with heartfelt words,...
What Is Vermouth?

What Is Vermouth?

By Bob Lipinski Vermouth is a wine that has been infused with various herbs and spices, sweetened with sugar and fortified with a slight amount of alcohol. For a red vermouth, caramel coloring is added to the wine. The name “vermouth” is from the German word wermut...
Parmigiano-Reggiano… The King of Italian Cheese

Parmigiano-Reggiano… The King of Italian Cheese

By Bob Lipinski Parmigiano-Reggiano is one of the most popular cheeses on the planet, with a rich history that dates to 1200, recorded on a notarized deed in Genoa. Parmigiano is made in the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, and Modena, in the northeast region of...
The 2018 Burgundies Have Arrived

The 2018 Burgundies Have Arrived

By Bob Lipinski Earlier in the month I attended a special “preview” tasting of the 2018 Burgundies imported by Frederick Wildman. Both the reds and whites were showing very well with considerable fruit, acidity, structure, balance, and drinkability. Many of the bigger...