GCWD Feature

Resolution

Assuming the definition of the word "resolution" carries the emotional commitment to absolutely adhere to a thought or an action, then how come most of us repeatedly make the same first-of-the-year resolutions and so darn few of us stick to…

Holiday Season on the Third Coast

If you take a hard look at all the activities and the necessary energy that focuses on the end of the year during the Holiday Season, you will appreciate that here along the Gulf Coast we do things with a…

Happy Holidays to One and All

The calendar time between November 1 and December 31 can be a string of moments of great joy. Families and friends gather to wish each other good fortune, reflect on moments past, and celebrate the season with gifts, special events…

Shared Experiences. Shared Beverages. Shared Cuisine

For all of our differences, and this being an election year there are folks at the ready to point out multiple points of differentiation, those of us living along the Gulf Coast actually have quite a few important similarities in…

Dining Across the Gulf Coast

It is true. You can look it up. There simply is not a stretch of America that cuts through four states, abutting large bodies of fresh and salt water, where the food is as good and indigenous as ours, right…

Bourbon Recipes to Warm You Up

Around the holiday season, bourbon shows another side of its personality: the hot toddy. Warmth and varied ingredients make bourbon the ideal accompaniment to chilly nights and special occasions. Happily most warm bourbon cocktails are easy to create, with the…

Beaujolais Nouveau Is On The Way

The only date on the entire wine calendar that is consistent from year to year is the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau. By French law, the wine cannot be released until the third Thursday in November. This year the date is…

Wine-By-The-Glass Programs: Half-Empty or Half-Full?

For everyone involved, a wine-by-the-glass program at a bar or restaurant (hereinafter referred to as WBG) is just a royal pain, except when it isn’t. At first glance, WBG is a terrific idea. The selling establishment has the opportunity to…

Gin: A Fascinating White Spirit

Oh, I know, all you vodka lovers out there just adore your white spirit. And, yes, I will admit, there is a place for vodka in the pantheon of cocktail ingredients. But have you ever placed seven or eight vodkas…

Wine Grapes You’ve Never Heard Of And Events Galore!

When new Americans in the new America were interested in making wine commercially, the budding industry worked to establish itself well before brave names were etched to the bottom of the Declaration of Independence. Those interested and involved persons looked…

Tales of the Cocktail Stands Tall

If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.   You’ve probably heard or used that expression and applied it to negative situations that just seem to mount up. You can’t solve one crisis before another one pops up and bites you…

Going Deep

Marine firms ride waves of demand from Big Oil, military

NOWFE 2013: Everything You Need To Know

We are on the verge of the annual siege of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (May 22-25). This multi-venued, often overwhelming, never boring festival celebrates the culture and cuisine of New Orleans right alongside some truly pleasurable wines…

A Cocktail Has To Be Yours

If there is one topic we have spent a lot of time on over the years it’s that you like what you like. Your preferences are to be honored. Your cocktails have to be yours.   There is no use…

Upcoming Spring Wine Festivals

The party's over It's time to call it a day They've burst your pretty balloon And taken the moon away It's time to wind up the masquerade Just make your mind up the piper must be paid ("The Party’s Over,"…