Lot A Spirits

(563)344-1365 3478 State Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722-6433
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  • Golds, silvers and bronzes were won in abundance this past week at a pair of Eastern European wine competitions. Romanian wines were in their full glory at the International Wine Contest Bucharest, while Georgain wines took the spotlight in their country's Tbilisi International Wine Award competition. In a tone representative of Georgia's pride ... Read More

    From the article Awards Season in Full Swing for Eastern European Winemakers


  • History would advise against crossing a powerful Russian politician. The tiny country of Georgia learned this lesson nearly a decade ago when a spat between then president Mikheil Saakashvili and Russian president Vladimir Putin resulted in a political jab which hurt Georgia in the short-term, but proved to be a significant boost in the long-run... Read More

    From the article Georgian Winemakers to Putin: Thanks for the Cold Shoulder, Vlad


  • Had a conversation some time ago with GregT about teas. I'm as much a connoisseur of them and coffee as I am about wine, and these days drink a lot more of them than of wine.Let's be frank. Starbuck's and Tully's blow. Not so much 25+ years ago as now. They're the McDonald's of coffee these days. Peet's is a little better, but that's all. One th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Coffee & Tea


  • Not much wine talk this weekend, so sharing a few thoughts on the subject.A friend of mine recently said "there's only two days in a year I don't drink coffee", and I've also noticed that I'm pretty much drinking a cup every morning, sometimes iced tea with lunch. For a little while, I even got in to ordering a french press while out for breakfa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Coffee & Tea


  • Continuing her grandfather's famous legacy of change, Nelson Mandela's Granddaughter Tukwini has launched a line of sustainable wines in an effort to further elevate the repuration of South Africa, a country which has endured years of social unrest. “After (Mandela's) death in 2013, the Mandela family sought to create ways to keep the legacy of ... Read More

    From the article Mandela's Granddaughter Launches Wine Label, Calls For Diversity in South Africa's Industry


  • This past month the Indian Wine Academy published a brief history of the country's modern wine industry, one that encompasses a mere 15 years.  Writer Subhash Arora penned the story for India's food and wine magazine UpperCrust. His history concluded with a synopsis of the country's wine industry.  “The wine drinking culture is on the increase, ... Read More

    From the article Indian Wine School Reviews 15 Years of Country's Vino History


  • There's nothing like a wine competition to cap a month of change. In the midst of elections and a renewed sense of nationalism over the past month, Greece's finest noses and in-the-knows met in Thessaloniki's Ioannis Vellidis Congress Centre this week for the 15th Thessaloniki International Wine Competition. The event began on Tuesday and conclu... Read More

    From the article Opa! Thessaloniki Wine Comp Ends Today


  • Sandra and I were fortunate yesterday to attend a quickly sold out (57 minutes after the e-mail went out to the RdV Ambassador members, it was fully booked) 'Introduction to Blind Tasting' class at our favorite Northern Virginia winery, RdV.  Getting our two slots in this class was tough, as we didn't call them until 5 or 6 hours after their e-m... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Have you taken a blind wine...


  • Nothing like starting the new year with a splitting headache and squinty eyes. University of Colorado pharmacology professor Boris Tabakoff offered an explanation for why Champagne causes such intense hangovers, a topic well-trod by millions of NYE revelers. You can thank carbon dioxide for your woes, Tabakoff told ABC News in a recent interview... Read More

    From the article Such a Headache: Scientists Explains Why Bubbly Bothers Us So Much


  • Nothing works up the senses like a little wine and a Lothario. Earlier this week Vanity Fair reporter Alex Beggs gathered a panel of sommeliers to taste and rate author E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey wine, a product named after the writer's sultry novel. Reviews were a quiver of opinions replete with tongue-in-cheek metaphors. “I haven't read... Read More

    From the article Oenophiles Taste 50 Shades Wine


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