Author Archives for Curt McAdams

Putting On A Wine Party


… or “How To Host A Wine Party The Wrong Way With The Right Results”

My wife and I decided during our first year of marriage (4 1/2 years ago now) that we wanted to have a wine tasting party. We started off with a few friends, each bringing a couple of bottles to share, some […]

My Favorite Halloween Wine


That’s right… Halloween wine!
We all have guilty pleasures, those things we like that we don’t really want people to know we like. Examples could be a 45 year old truck driver that secretly listens to Ashlee Simpson CDs while on the road, or a vegetarian that goes to the next town to buy bacon once […]

Preparing For A Wine Party


Halloween seems far off right now, in the heat of summer where temps this week in Ohio are supposed to be around 98 degrees F.  However, the Halloween weekend is a big deal at my house, and we’re already preparing for it.
We don’t have kids, and that’s not likely to change.  We won’t be in […]

Shaving with Wine???


It’s been around for a while now, but it’s kind of new to me.  Maybe that’s because it’s been focused toward women and not men.  What am I talking about?  Skincare with wine!
Carlo Mondavi, of that family, has started Davi Skin, Inc., a company that makes skincare products using microencapsulated anti-aging ingredients that include wine.
We […]

Grenache - A GREAT Barbecue Wine


Being a barbecue guy and a wine lover, I like to find wines that fit into the barbecue world.  Some wines don’t fit well… Sauvignon Blanc is a bit too light for the spices used.  Syrah can overpower pork and chicken.  One of the wines I like most with barbecue, though, is Grenache.
The tastes from […]

I hate rosé


I admit that I can be a snob when it comes to rosé. I hate them and don’t mind telling people I hate them. They’re for new wine drinkers, who will, by the grace of God, realize that Syrah rules the wine world!.
Okay, maybe that’s a bit heavy handed. But I really don’t care for […]

Equipment Overload?


I’m a real sucker for expensive foodie equipment, whether it’s kitchen gadgets or wine paraphernalia.  I have Shun knives, copper pots and pans, even fancy whisks.  With my wine equipment, I don’t have a cellar yet, but will eventually, and I have a variety of Riedel glasses and Screwpull corkscrews.  I have an electronic chiller […]

Biodynamic Wines


Biodynamics is part of the work of Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist and philosopher. Biodynamics as a science deals with an approach to farming that goes beyond organic farming. Organic farming is an approach, as many of us are aware, that uses approaches such as not using chemicals in the farming process. Biodynamics goes further […]

Imagery Sangiovese


Sangiovese screams spring and summer to me. Why? Because it just seems to go so well with grilled foods! I do a lot of outdoor cooking, and Sangiovese is a great match for a lot of what I like to cook. It goes so well with barbecued foods like pork and brisket, as well as […]

Valentine’s Day Is Not For Snobs


I have to admit that I think I have better taste in wine than my wife has. Typically, when we’re out, I will select a wine to drink. I try to take into account what I know she likes or doesn’t like, but, for the most part, I decide what we’ll drink.
Valentine’s Day […]