Sometimes You Gotta Stretch Yourself

It was an a-ha moment for me, and not the kind where everything goes black and white, and you’re running from thugs with a pipe wrench. My moment came when I was drinking a glass of wine and was picking out flavors and aromas like never before. I never thought much of wine; it seemed … Read more

I’m Always Happy with Improvement

I took the written and oral components of the Advance Cicerone exam (for the second time) in Dallas in mid-October 2016 (that post is here). In my February 2016 attempt, I got a 78, two points short of passing (read about that here and here). This time I got a 79! Yes, just one point … Read more

What happened to the blog?

If you’re a regular follower of our blog, you’ve probably noticed we haven’t published much since late summer. It’s my fault. I’m currently studying for the next Cicerone® level, the Advanced Cicerone® test. I’ll be taking it on Feb. 2 in Chicago. Every bit of free time and mental energy has been dedicated to studying. Here’s … Read more

Tasting Beer with Your Nose

I know we teased you about a new series on beer and food pairing, and it’s coming. However, you can’t fully appreciate a great pairing unless you understand a few beer tasting principles. In our last post we discussed how a beer’s color and flavors are related. There’s a lot you can tell about a … Read more

Tasting Beer with Your Eyes

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can often guess how a beer will taste just by looking at it. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, but you can perceive a lot about a beer by its appearance. Almost all beers gets their colors from grain, although some fruit beers … Read more