Cellar Stocked

My brother Philippe just passed his Level 1 test towards certification as a Court Master Sommeliers. And for Christmas, he's sent me a case of his favorites from Calcareous. Thanks for stocking my cellar!


I've been drinking cider for many moon. Apparently it's becoming hip.  Well, so did cupcakes. Whatever, I still love cider (better than cupcakes!). Here are some new ones that made me take notice.   

Bad Seed Cider

French hard cider is often my "go to" for a refreshingly funky apple beverage. But recently I found a more locally based product; Bad Seed Cider, a Highland Hills, New York state-based producer.  Devin Ritter, one of the owner-brewers...

Oh! You Pretty Thing (Jack D’or American Saison Ale)

Sometimes labels can catch your eye, especially when they're labeling drinkable substances. I have tasted a large number of beers labeled as local; Brooklyn Beer, Shmaltz brewing company and others. Shopping for supplies at Wholefoods this weekend, I spied lots of...