In the Spirit: Honoring Georgia Wines

– Winners of this year’s Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge to be revealed at Gala in Athens – Many consumers think it’s fun to be a judge at a wine competition, but it’s work. Lots of work. Not a lot of fuss and feathers, just work. You finish tired and hoping you’ve done right by the…

In the Spirit: Julep 229

– The Place celebrates spring with addition of blueberry julep to seasonal cocktail menu – Written by Leara Rhodes – Photographed by Justin Evans – Perhaps no other cocktail better symbolizes classy sipping in the South, especially around Derby Day, than the mint julep. Frosty cups, brimming with ice and anchored by bourbon, satisfy on…

Light the Fire: Warm Alcoholic Drinks for Winter Sipping

– Written by Jane F. Garvey Asking for a warm cocktail usually gets odd looks from most bartenders, but Staplehouse’s Ben Richardson jumped right in and took hold of the assignment. I wanted something simple but warming, and double good if it used a Georgia-produced spirit. Disappearing behind the restaurant’s tiny kitchen area, he emerged…

Hot Toddy: Warm up with a holiday classic 

Come the holiday season, hot toddies are ideal for entertaining, providing spirited fun and a means to chasing away the winter chill. Hot toddies have been around for centuries. Usually a mix of a spirit — either whiskey, rum or brandy — hot water, honey and spices, some believe the word “toddy” comes from an…

Hot trend in craft beer: chili pepper infusions

Water, malt, hops, and yeast. Those are the four essential ingredients that make up beer. Lately, however, there has been a surge in infusing additional ingredients into craft beer that are more commonly found in the kitchen. Beers brewed with fruit have come and gone over the years, but are back on the rise again….

A man and his beverage: The Arnold Palmer

America’s revered golf professional Arnold Palmer had barely cleared his 87th birthday when he passed away in September of last year. From 1958 to 1964, he dominated the Masters in Augusta. His career spanned two generations, yielding 62 PGA tour titles and making him one of the originals in the World Golf Hall of Fame…

Cellar Savvy

Sheltering your wine collection in style Wine has become so much a part of American life that many of us now are devoted collectors. And so, we look for appropriate places within our homes to install a special space for our liquid acquisitions. Some wine enthusiasts will designate any nook or cranny, any closet or…

Uncaged: Zac Brown’s launches wine label

Zac Brown is the epitome of local boy made good; made great, in fact. Born in Atlanta, the eleventh of twelve children in 1978, Brown began performing while still in high school in the Dahlonega area, putting down roots for what would eventually become the national sensation that is the Zac Brown Band. But this…

The Art of Winemaking

Written by Jane F. Garvey First and foremost, wine is an agricultural product. It takes good dirt and good climate to make wine, and no amount of “art” will ever change that. But there’s an aesthetic aspect to wine as well, and its links to the visual arts have become increasingly important over the last…

Georgia’s Winemaking Families

Georgia’s Winemaking Families By Jane F. Garvey   Families and wineries seem to be joined at the umbilical cord. The relationship can be a fruitful one that works smoothly, or it can be rocky. Many know the story of how a family ruckus led to Robert Mondavi’s departure from the C.K. Mondavi winery that bore…