Brandy

If 50 is the new 30, is Brandy really over the hill? Bourbon is hot.  Really hot.  There is a new Gin landing on the market each and every month.  Vodka is flavored with everything from cilantro to wedding cake to bubble gum.  The names of large French houses dominate …

Wine Geek on the Road – Piedmont

One of the nicest things about the world’s nicest wines is that—almost invariably—they are grown in some of the most BEAUTIFUL parts of the world. Think of Tuscany, Burgundy, New Zealand, Napa, South Africa, Greece… even Traverse City, Michigan (not exactly Queenstown, N.Z., but not too far off). Since Wine …

Featured Classic Cocktail – The Last Word

The Last Word cocktail was created in the early 1920s at the Detroit Athletic Club. This prohibition era cocktail was rediscovered in 2004 by Murray Stenson who was tending bar at the Zig Zag Cafe in Seattle. After its popularity exploded in the Pacific Northwest it slowly moved its way …

Featured Craft Cocktail – Eastside Sour

Like many successful cocktails today, the Eastside Sour is a contemporary take on a classic. Inspired by the Pisco Sour, this cocktail has a rich silky mouth feel with the perfect balance of sweet and citrus. First, Bombay Sapphire East is used showcasing its lemon grass and peppercorn-driven botanicals. Then, …

Bitter Brew

Beer… I get to write about beer. You get to read what I write about beer, lucky you. I hope you will find this blog interesting and informative. I know I’m excited to explore the goings-on of the world of hops and barley. Speaking of hops (did you see what …

French Wine

The Wine Geek is old enough to remember when most of the ‘good’ wine we Americans drank was French wine. And not just us Americans – other than that small handful of other European wine-producing countries that mostly drank local (Italy, Spain, Germany for instance) most of the world’s restaurant …

What Customers Want

Attention Restauranteurs: Ok, so the wine business isn’t exactly the ‘tech’ business, moving at the speed of light, but this business does seem to evolve pretty rapidly lately. Are we running so fast that we’re leaving money on the table? At Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, we are extremely proud …

Rep Picks

It appears that super-premium/higher-priced/allocated wines are making a comeback Happily, there are signs that ‘super-premium’ priced wines are staging a comeback. Perhaps not to the level of those halcyon days of 2000 to 2007, but way more interest than last year. It makes sense too: once one has tasted the …