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...
Is Gin Just Flavored Vodka?

Is Gin Just Flavored Vodka?

By Bob Lipinski Gin is a neutral spirit like vodka, which has been flavored with a range of botanicals, then redistilled. Botanicals are parts of plants and include roots, stems, barks, leaves, flowers, berries, fruit, beans, seeds, pits, stems, skins, and so on....
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...