Most of you know that I am heavy into Wines, Beers and Spirits. I started in this industry back in the early 1970's, then went on to IBM for a 35 year career. In between, I worked at wine shops doing their wine tastings, I held countless number of home wine tastings, read about 100 books about wines, studied a bit in France, and have run wine dinners (100 people+) for
the past 6 years. So, in short, I am a Wine, Beer and Spirit Geek!!
I've been writing articles about these topics in many online forums plus some local advertising booklets. Nothing excites me more than to talk about any of the above informally or formally. At my current part time job, I manage the wine shop. Part of that includes our daily wine tastings. I have easily spent 35-50 minutes with each customer talking about the wine we are tasting and much more.
In the past year, I have seen a big change in the industry. Wine is still number one, it has top billing and gathers the most attention. Beer and Spirits are beginning to raise their heads. No longer is a "cold one" meant to be a Coors, a Bud, etc, nor does having a nightcap just meas a shot of whiskey.
Craft beers have exploded in the USA. Sam Adams from Boston started this a number of years ago, and because of their adventure, there are thousands of small crafted beers in the USA alone! Beers have become serious. You look, you taste and you write about beers the way you have done it for wine all these years.
My beer palate has changed. 5 years ago, Corona, Bass and Redstripe where my 'Imported" beers. Today, I am enjoying all the fantastic Stouts and IPAs out there. My favorite stout is from Oska Blues, called Ten Fiddy .... For IPAs or DIPAS, Heady Topper from the Alchemist in Vermont is my dream beer. There are endless amount of other beers that I've tasted and come to love. Its a far cry to what it was 5 or 10 years ago.
Spirits....I only remember, that for scotch there was J&B, Dewars and Johnnie Walker. You always drank them with soda.
Rye, Seagram was it, with the extra treat of having a Canadian Rye. Bourbon, well, we didnt even talk about those drinkers 15 years ago The same holds true with Gin, Vodka, Rum and more. Today, my favorites are Bastille for a blended whiskey, The Botanist for Gin, Purity when it comes to Vodka, Jeffersons President for Bourbon and MaCallam 18 year old for the Single Malt Scotch.
I could go on and on when it comes to this topic. You might ask, how in the heck can you be dealing with alcohol along side of pain medications. Everything is done in moderation. That has always been the key.
But I would love nothing more than to start up some discussions about these very beverages that mean so much to me..
Oh, Wine, my heart pumps just a little faster when I talk about Lafitte Rothschild 1961 Bordeaux
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences