Author: Deb Lapmardo

Find a Craft Beer You’ll Love to Drink

Beer isn’t just “beer” anymore. Since craft beers took the beverage market by storm, retailers’ beer shelves are loaded with an often bewildering array of beer styles and flavors. But that’s a good thing! With literally hundreds of styles to choose from, you can find something that’ll make you a craft beer lover. So which craft brews should you try? And which are you likely to enjoy? These suggestions will help you sip and sample your way through some of America’s best micro-brews, and discover for yourself the styles and flavors you like best. Start with a trip to...

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Why Can’t I Drink Wine Like I Used To?

I’ve heard this question literally hundreds of times. I’ve even asked it myself. There are many variations, such as “I seem to get drunk on less,” or “In the morning I can’t remember the night before.” Rest assured that if you’ve had anything like these experiences, you are not alone. So why does it happen, and more important, what can we do about it? The science behind this phenomenon is all too simple: as we age (yes, sadly it’s all about aging) our systems, our organs, and every cell in our body start to slow down. According to nutritionist...

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10 Things You Always Wanted to Know About “Fortified Wine”

The first thing to ask, of course, is “what are fortified wines?” Nine people out of ten couldn’t tell you that Port, Sherry and Marsala share this special category. But fortified wines are really wonderful, and just a little information will enable you to use and enjoy them (and look really smart in front of your wine geek friends). 1-“Fortified Wines” started life as ordinary red or white wine, but at some stage in the fermentation process they received a dose of neutral grape spirits. This addition stopped the fermentation process in its tracks, producing a wine that is...

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How To Really Enjoy That New Year’s Toast

“I just don’t like Champagne.” I’ve heard this way too often, especially when the time rolls around to pick a bubbly for New Year’s Eve. The truth is, many people just suffer through the toasting due to the fact that they’re drinking a sparkling wine that is either too dry or too sweet for their palate. But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are as many styles of sparkling wine as there are taste preferences, and you can find one to fit your own personal palate. Here’s how to find your own personal fave for this year’s...

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WHY AMERICA HAS AN “AFFLUENZA” EPIDEMIC

About two years ago a 16 year old boy was labeled the Affluenza Teen when he was on trial for killing four people and injuring nine others while driving drunk. A psychologist for the Defense claimed that the teen, Ethan Couch, had suffered from leading such a privileged life that he didn’t know right from wrong. The judge chose leniency, sentencing him to just 10 years probation and a treatment program. The case has resurfaced recently because Ethan Couch is purportedly “on the lam,” having fled his home after being seen playing Beer Pong on a video. His mother...

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Get The Party Started with Simple Holiday Wine Planning

‘Tis the season for that happy knock on the door that means your friends or family are stopping by for some holiday cheer. But don’t sweat it- whether you’re hosting an Open House or a dinner party, you can cover all your guests’ wine needs with a few smart selections. Start with a sparkling wine for a festive sipper or cocktail. Prosecco, northern Italy’s classic bubbly, is a party basic. You can also turn it into a holiday cocktail by adding a splash of cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime. Or for a delicious sweeter bubbly drink, just...

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