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  • Barrel to Bottle: Descriptors
    Barrel to Bottle: Descriptors

    How do you describe what you're tasting? How do you put into words the difference between a navel orange and a mandarin orange? This week's Barrel to Bottle podcast is all about the language we - tasters and critics both professional and amateur - use to describe wine, spirits and beer, from flavor to texture and beyond. And stick around to the end. Host Kristen has some big news.

     
  • Barrel to Bottle: German Wine Across the Decades
    Barrel to Bottle: German Wine Across the Decades

    Aging red wines is common - but what about aging white wines? Kristen is joined by Binny's Wine Buyer Bill Newton and legendary German wine importer Derek Vinnicombe, plus producers Paul Anheuser and Stefen Bollig. The team talks recent German vintages, differences across years and drinking these wines aged and unaged. To illustrate, the team tries young and old bottles from the same vineyard side by side: Bollig Lehnert Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese from 2018 and 2006. Also Paul Anheuser Keuznacher Krotenpfuhl Riesling Auslese 2001. And it's not all about white! Germany also makes great red wines, and the team tastes Heyden Pinot Noir 2016. These guys are fun!

     
  • The Secret's Out: Brickstone Dark Secret Aged In Binny's Hand Selected Whiskey Barrels
    The Secret's Out: Brickstone Dark Secret Aged In Binny's Hand Selected Whiskey Barrels

    When it comes to imperial stout, we see a lot of pastry stouts these days. This category includes stouts modeled after all manner of desserts, and we’ve seen everything from cookies to whole chocolate cakes dumped into beer. When we approached Brickstone about doing a collaborative brew, we wanted to go back to basics. Their Dark Secret imperial stout is proof that an imperial stout can be dessert like and decadent, without being overly sweet.

  • Barrel to Bottle: Ian Millar Talks Glenfiddich and More
    Barrel to Bottle: Ian Millar Talks Glenfiddich and More

    Ian Millar has seen it all and has the stories and knowledge to prove it. Ian and Kirstin Grant of William Grant & Sons join the Barrel to Bottle Crew for a conversation about the past, present and future of Glenfiddich. It wouldn't be a Barrel to Bottle podcast without sampling some of their fine Scotch, including the Glenfiddich 12-year-old, Glenfiddich 14-year-old and Fire & Cane, a blend of peated and unpeated Scotch, aged in Rum barrels. Plus, Ian and the team revisit the legendary Annasach Reserve 25 Year blend.

     
  • Demo Kitchen Recipe: Mint Dry Ice Gelato
    Demo Kitchen Recipe: Mint Dry Ice Gelato

    Let's answer the question you're asking yourself. What distinguishes gelato from ice cream is the following: more egg yolks, less cream/more milk, and definitely less air churned into it than ice cream. The key to expressing that dense and creamy note is dry ice. Dry ice is not only cold enough to solidify the base. What's more, (unlike regular ice) dry ice sublimes into a gas, leaving nothing to dilute gelato's intensity of flavors. A word of caution: avoid touching the dry ice with your bare hands.

  • Barrel to Bottle: It's All Tradition at Samuel Smith's Old Brewery
    Barrel to Bottle: It's All Tradition at Samuel Smith's Old Brewery

    In a beer scene dominated by all the hottest styles and latest releases, sometimes it's refreshing to take a look at the classics. On this week's episode of Barrel to Bottle, Master Brewer Gavin Scoreby shares all the ways Samuel Smith's Old Brewery keeps things traditional, from their centuries-old brewhouse to local delivery powered by horse. The team tastes Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale, Organic Lager, Oatmeal Stout, Organic Chocolate Stout, and Apple and Perry Ciders. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team answers your question about gluten free and reduced beers.

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