Let’s learn about Cru Bourgeois (Review: 1996 Chateau la Cardonne Medoc)

by Justin D'Olier on November 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Let’s learn about Cru Bourgeois (Review: 1996 Chateau la Cardonne Medoc) |

Typically, we review wines that merit consumer consideration and are available to purchase locally. This is not one of those wines. Not that it doesn’t merit your consideration (it does), simply that it’s not available for purchase. Don’t get the wrong idea, it isn’t terribly exclusive or expensive, it’s just old. Resident Cork Dork Elton […]

Holy Spirits!: Highland Park 18 year

by Elton Nichols on November 28, 2010 | (2) Comments |

Every year in July I buy a better than average bottle of Scotch to celebrate my birthday. Counterintuitively the better it is the longer it takes to finish the bottle (yes, I’m a pleasure delayer; delighting in the anticipation of exquisite things). Tonight I am finishing the last sips of this year’s splurge: Highland Park […]

Happy Thanksgiving from Drink with Aloha

by Justin D'Olier on November 23, 2010 | (2) Comments |

As you make preparations for turkey, stuffing, and broccoli casserole (trust me, it’s delicious), don’t forget to pick up an appropriate beverage (or three). In recent years, Beaujolais Nouveau has become a trendy Thanksgiving dinner pairing because of its versatility, but a high acid Pinot Noir or Rose is an equally excellent choice. If a […]

I Fell in Love with a Chardonnay Yesterday

by Justin D'Olier on November 23, 2010 | Comments Off on I Fell in Love with a Chardonnay Yesterday |

I fell in love with a Chardonnay yesterday. Excuse me, I fell in love with a white Burgundy yesterday: The 2007 Corton-Charlemange, Grand Cru. Generally, white Burgundy is chardonnay but the difference between white Burgundy (subtle, fresh and full of minerality) and the quintessinal American Chardonnay (provocative, big and creamy, like a bottle of buttered […]

Champage and Angel Wings: An Ode to St-Germain

by Erin Shaw on November 21, 2010 | Comments Off on Champage and Angel Wings: An Ode to St-Germain |

A few weeks ago a girlfriend and I attended the grand opening of the new Waikiki Edition hotel and were treated to quite the lavish pool-side party complete with delectable food, a sprinkling of celebrities, and best of all, a top-shelf open bar.  They were serving up a whole array of pastel hued signature concoctions […]

The Week in Review (11/12 to 11/19)

by Justin D'Olier on November 19, 2010 | Comments Off on The Week in Review (11/12 to 11/19) |

A diverse week here at Drink with Aloha. Kristin taught us how to make limoncello, we reviewed a number of seasonal Holiday beers, and wrapped up the week with a look at some great, food friendly wine. Have a wonderful weekend and make sure to drink with aloha! Wine A bargain pinot that doesn’t suck. […]

Riesling, As It Was Meant To Be

by Victoria D'Olier on November 19, 2010 | (2) Comments |

The people who truly appreciate Riesling for what it is, at times, seem few and far between.  This is a crying shame, especially in Hawaii, as Riesling is a versatile, deeply varied and exceptionally food friendly wine that pairs particularly well to spicy foods and Asian cuisine. Thus, Riesling is one of my favorite wines […]

Waiting for Limoncello…

by Kristin Nichols on November 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Waiting for Limoncello… |

Sometime in June we ventured to Tamura’s and found a bottle of Everclear, which we promptly purchased for our yearly quest to make limoncello for Christmas. Note, our quest is yearly yet never accomplished due to the procrastination that plagues our lives…and this year was no better. June 23rd arrived and so did our son…and […]

A bargain pinot that doesn’t suck.

by Justin D'Olier on November 17, 2010 | (2) Comments |

Sideways — the quirky, endearing wine flick — intended to use grape varietals as a metaphor for personality types, contrasting the crowd-pleasing merlot against the nuanced pinot noir. Yet, somehow, Sideways turned into a movie about why merlot sucks and pinot noir rocks, due in large part to Miles’s now infamous merlot rant. Following the […]

Gingerbread + Beer = ?

by Justin D'Olier on November 16, 2010 | (2) Comments |

Flavored beers are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get. (Also, they’re typically overpriced, some inedible, and if you leave them out in the sun all day, they are kinda gross.) But, I had high hopes for Bison Brewing Company’s Gingerbread Ale, a wintertime seasonal offering from the Berkley based […]

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