Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County 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 …

Featured Craft Cocktail – Strong Hold

Strong Hold The Strong Hold Cocktail has been my go-to all summer. All of my favorite expressions of a balanced cocktail are showcased in this drink. The bonded rye whiskey is spicy and rich while the Aperol softens the heat with bitter sweet rhubarb. Then, the sweet is countered by …

Featured Classic Cocktail – Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour   The Whiskey Sour is a well-known classic cocktail containing whiskey, lemon juice and sugar. Often, craft bars add a touch of egg white for texture. It is shaken and served either straight or on the rock. With the addition of egg white, I prefer it straight to …

Wine Geek on the Road – Sicily

Sicily! 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 …

La Marca Prosecco: Cocktail Ingredient (Really!)

Here at Great Lakes, we’ve been playing with two fast-growing trends: Prosecco and wine-based cocktails. The reps broke into teams and came up with five drinks. A talented local bartender helped with some tweaks and voila… 5 delicious, bubbly cocktails to enjoy this summer and all year round. Check out …

Fireman’s Brew Now on Tap in Michigan – Press Release

Fast growing Los Angeles-based craft beer company continues its national expansion through agreement with Great Lakes Wine & Spirits LOS ANGELES – July 15, 2014 – Fireman’s Brew, a Los Angeles-based craft beer company founded by two firefighters, today announced a partnership with Great Lakes Wines & Spirits to distribute …

Featured Craft Cocktail – Fresh Start

The Fresh Start cocktail was originally inspired by the well-known Mojito. When creating this cocktail I wanted to showcase the versatility of Silver tequila in a way everyone could enjoy. It’s a perfect marriage between Tiki and Tequila. I use Silver Tequila in this cocktail for a couple reasons. Silver …

Featured Classic Cocktail – The Paloma

My choice for this month’s Classic cocktail is the most popular Tequila concoction in Mexico, the Paloma. Though little is known of its history, La Paloma translates to “The Dove” which is a popular folk song composed in the early 1860s. Expressive Blanco Tequila is the foundation for this cocktail. …

Independence from History? That Doesn’t Rhyme.

We normally try to coordinate the theme of this blog with the delicious recipes our Cocktail Ambassador features on these pages every month, but in traditional fashion, other things than the perfectly measured ingredients inspired us. As much as we love a good Paloma, the combination of Tiki and Tequila …

A Noble Pursuit — “In Pursuit of Balance”

A Noble Pursuit ‘In Pursuit of Balance’ is not just a movement but the actual name of an organization of some movers and shakers at the super-premium end of the wine business, and they are starting to bring some balance back to the ‘style debate’. The group even has a …