How To Determine Perfection in Wine

How To Determine Perfection in Wine

I recently came across and advertisement for a collection of wines that Robert Parker had rated 100 points. The ad proclaimed for sale a collection of “Parker’s Perfects”. I don’t know if Robert Parker has ever claimed a wine was “perfect”, but in my world, while I could imagine rating a wine 100 points, I could never imagine a wine being perfect. This begs the question, what does it mean to give a wine (or any consumable or art or…

Apr 20, 2014

Review of a Cider for the Very Vast Masses

Review of a Cider for the Very Vast Masses

Woodchuck Hard Cider Amber Woodchuck Hard Cider Company is among the largest commercial ciders produced in the U.S. and is owned by one of the largest commercial cider producers in the world, C&C out of Ireland, the owners of Magners,  Bulmars, Hornsby and Blackthorn cider brands. This brand is likely to be one of the entry brands new cider drinkers will encounter and enjoy. However, Woodchuck does not produce genuine craft cider. This is highly processed cider for the masses….

Apr 19, 2014

Foggy Ridge Cider Knocks It Out of the Park

Foggy Ridge Cider Knocks It Out of the Park

Located in eastern Virginia, Foggy Ridge produces handcrafted, estate ciders sought after by cider connoisseurs across the country. The ciders are produced from Foggy Ridge’s own orchards where a number of different cider apples are raised. The Sweet Stayman cider is one of the cidery’s primary offerings and features a blend of Stayman apples with other heirloom apples. Foggy Ridge Sweet Stayman Cider Alcohol: 7.0% Origin: Eastern Virginia Fruit: Primarily Stayman, Grimes Golden, Cox’s Orange Pippin and other heirloom varieties…

Apr 18, 2014

Top 10 GoogleAlerts For Wine Bloggers

Top 10 GoogleAlerts For Wine Bloggers

Probably the most frequent question I get is: “How do yo so often come up with something to write about?” The answer is “inspiration”. Blog posts at FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog almost always result from a moment of inspiration. The key, however, is to set yourself up to be inspired. There is no better source of inspiration for a wine blogger than GOOGLE ALERTS. What follows is my secret blogging weapon. If none of these GoogleAlert Searches return items…

Apr 18, 2014

A Wisconsin Sparkling Perry For Dessert

A Wisconsin Sparkling Perry For Dessert

Located in Southeastern Wisconsin about 30 miles from Lake Michigan, Appeltreow Winery and Distillery uses Wisconsin-grown fruits to produces a variety of farmhouse products from various Hard Cider and Perry to fortified wines and spirits. Appeltreow is well-known among cider lovers and available in a variety of markets around the country. Appeltreow Winery and Distillery Sparkling Perry Alcohol: 7.5% Origin: Wisconsin Fruit: Comice, Bosc, and Bartlett Pears Production: Unknown Price: $17.99/750ml RATING: **/*** of 5 This Wisconsin Perry throws a…