Exploring Minerality

    Geek loves to use this page to inform, educate, chastise & pontificate to other geeks and wannabe geeks alike. We typically try to be ‘au courant’ and address the very latest hot button subjects, but today’s subject: ‘minerality’ in wine is not a new subject: it has been …

The Archangel – Featured Craft Cocktail

The Archangel was created in 2010 at Roast – Detroit and it remains one of my most successful cocktails. I wanted to introduce apricots into a crowd-friendly cocktail, keeping it simple yet innovative.  At the time both gin and apricots where scarce on any cocktail menu and I wanted to …

A Toast to Spring

There are some sure signs of Spring in this part of the country:  The snow melts, those first little signs of green start peeking through the bare earth, you can hear the soothing sound of Jim Nantz all weekend long and the anticipation of the Kentucky Derby does nothing to …

Summer Imbibing.

As spring peeks out from behind the clouds at us, I dream of summer and my mind and palate go to lighter fare. I say goodbye to stew and chili, malbec and syrah, porter and dubbel in exchange for salad and gazpacho, sauvignon blanc and Falanghina, and… wait, what beers …

More Information from the Wine Institute

   FACT SHEET Wine Institute is the association of 1,000 California wineries. In recent days, unfounded litigation has raised questions about the safety of California wine. We want to assure you that the health and safety of consumers is of the greatest importance to our wineries and that the wine …

Wine Institute Press Release

March 18, 2015   WINE INSTITUTE STATEMENT ON POSSIBLE ARSENIC LITIGATION   As the association of 1,000 California wineries, Wine Institute is concerned with the health and safety of consumers who enjoy wine. We have learned of possible litigation alleging that certain wines pose a risk to consumers because they …

Tom Collins – Featured Classic Cocktail

The Tom Collins is a classic Gin-based cocktail with a rich history. This classic was originally named the John Collins after its creator at a popular London Hotel in 1860. The John Collins gained popularity in 1869 after being published in the Steward and Barkeeper’s Manual.  Old Tom Gin was …

In Good Spirits – Featured Craft Cocktail

Believe it or not, one thing I often crave on a winter cocktail menu is a bright, refreshing drink. I do enjoy winter cocktails that are strong and heavy with winter spices. However, I feel strongly that a successful cocktail menu should have a drink for everyone. That includes all …