Volume 2, Issue 5 — May, 2007
In This Issue
May 5: Augusta Wine Festival
May 5: Cinco de Mayo
May 6 & 20: 3rd Annual White Wine and Seafood Festival, Dahlonega
May 7: Wines Not to Fool Around With Dinner, Virginia Highlands
May 10: A Taste for Theatre at Cator Woolford Gardens, Atlanta
May 12: 2nd Annual Wine and Dine Festival, Atlanta
May 12: California Nouveau Dinner at the Beechwood Inn, Clayton
May 13: Mother's Day buffet at Chateau Elan, Braselton
May 13: Mother's Day brunch at Wolf Mountain Vineyards, Daholonega
May 14: Mediterranean Alfresco Dining, Buckhead
May 16: Wine & Cheeses at the Atlanta Wine School
May 19: Atlanta Beer Meetup at Manuel's Tavern, Atlanta
May 19: Smyrna Market Village Wine Stroll
May 26-27: Memorial Day Weekend Gourmet Wine Picnic with Live Music at the Beechwood Inn, Clayton
May 28: Memorial Day
Today, Citadelle Gin is made with the same 19 botanicals listed in the original recipe, including but not limited to Grains of Paradise from West Africa to Nutmeg and Cardamom from India. The secret recipe is known only by the master distiller. And in keeping with the traditions of the first European captains of the 17th century, only the finest spices are used. The purity and subtle flavour of Citadelle gin makes it an ideal base for many cocktails, and in particular, the best Gin & Tonic in the world--or the perfect summertime drink.
Wine Club Selections
Windmill Estates Merlot
Gruet Winery Chardonnay
But wines are not the only drinks that can benefit from following the proper etiquette. Besides wine, the proper rules for serving and storage can also enhance the enjoyment of popular summer drinks such as beer.
In this issue, we explore some of those rules in terms of the glassware. Although almost any glass will do for serving beer, you will discover that there are specific reasons to use certain glasses for perfectly sensible motives unassociated with simple appearances.
Despite the stigma often associated with social rules, knowing the proper etiquette can also avoid the heartache of wasting a perfectly fine product such as a cigar. For instance, while many cigar smokers are tempted to discard cigars that have gone out--there are certain times when relighting that cigar would be both proper and well worth the effort.
When are those times? Read on and you will soon find out.
In accordance with the theme of etiquette, this month's featured product is a gin that is made with 19 spices based upon 450 years of French tradition.
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Goblets and Draughts
But while some labels are adamant about the type of glassware needed, chances are that you already posses the proper implements to truly bring out a beer's inner flavors.
Keep It Clean and Neat
In the same vein, it is often best to use a glass with a stem. Holding the glass from the stem both prevents the glass from getting dirty while ensuring that the beer does not get too warm from excessive handling.
Otherwise, the key to a good glass is finding one that will release the aromas in the same way that wine glasses allow wine to open up and release its flavors.
As a result, almost any stemmed wineglasses will also work for beer--whether you are serving a golden ale or Russian stout.
Red versus White
For dark beers, red wine glasses are preferable. Unlike the white wine glasses, the red wine glasses allow for cupping the bowl of the glass to warm the beer when it is too cold outside for ice cold brew.
But the best thing for certain beers is to use a traditional glass. For instance, the typical Bavarian weissbier is best served in a tall glass with a broad foot in that a weissbier has high carbonation and fluffy head that requires a glass that can handle plenty of foam.
Another reason to stock the proper glassware is to provide the appropriate atmosphere. In Europe, for instance, Belgian wheat beer is often served in a tumbler to show off the golden color and tempt the drinker to take deep draughts.
Another popular form of glassware is the pint glass, which imparts the proletarian sense of drinking in a "pub" or bar.
From the Brewery to the House
These glasses are often available at good beer shops and stores such as Crate and Barrel.
Stress Free is the Best Key
If you are at a picnic or barbecue, the proper glassware should be the least of your worries. At this stage, plastic cups will serve just as well.
While most people will not use plastic at the dinner table, most people also do not take their best China to the park.
So whether you are drinking at home or outdoors, have fun first and worry about the appropriate service later.
To Relight or Not
Even the best cigars will go out on occasion, raising the specter of whether relighting the cigar is both appropriate or worth the effort.
But believe it or not, relighting a cigar really is no different than fishing a bit of cork out of wine.
In fact, it will take less time to relight the cigar than to light it for the first time.
The right time and wrong time
For instance, if you intentionally allow the cigar to die in hopes of enjoying it the next day, you will both ruin the cigar and your pleasure.
Although relighting a cigar is not inappropriate, the longer you wait the more likely that the cigar will go stale.
When to give up
Since premium cigars are rolled by hand and are made from organic material, a substandard cigar occasionally may find its way into even the best cigar boxes.
These cigars are not worth relighting again and again. Instead, bring the cigar back to the shop and replace it.
Choosing the right flame
Cigar lighters are the easiest way to get an even light and ensure that the cigar is fully lit.
In essence, you will need a broad flame that is otherwise difficult to achieve with simple matches.
When in a pinch, matches will do. But to ensure a broad flame, it might be necessary to use at least a couple of matches simultaneously.
Nevertheless, relighting a cigar is not a cardinal sin. The real sin would be to waste the cigar due to the unfounded fear that relighting the cigar is not worth the effort.
Recipe: Gin Buck
Pour gin and lemon juice into an old-fashioned glass over ice cubes. Fill with ginger ale and stir. Garnish with a lemon slice, if desired.
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