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Cheers! Sake time

By Staff

Sake time Remember what I said about not fruiting the vodka? Well, I never said that rule applies to sake. In fact, since sake tastes so bad unflavored, I actually recommend a flavored one. And one of my favorite places in Grand Junction, ...

New era on tap for American drinkers

By Dave Buchanan

With the Jan. 5 passing of winemaker Harry F. Mariani of Banfi Vintners, another chapter in American wine history could be written. Mariani, 78, and his brother John, who survives, made their fortunes introducing Americans to Italian ...


Citrus season

By Dixie Burmeister

It’s not officially National Citrus Month, but it is the peak citrus season and this is the time to enjoy a plethora of healthy, juicy, luscious citrus varieties. Admittedly, I often find myself mentioning citrus when writing a January ...


Cheers! The Roxanne

By Charles Ashby

The Roxanne Hmmm. Let’s analyze this: A rum-based cream liqueur, a whipped-cream-flavored vodka and a pumpkin pie liqueur. Those were the main ingredients to a cocktail my sister-in-law made at a recent family holiday ...

What will 2016 bring to drinkers of wine?

By Dave Buchanan

Wandering around a near-deserted Crossroads Fitness earlier this week, I heard a distant voice say, “Don’t worry. Next week all the New Year’s resolutions will kick in and this place will be packed.” Making a New ...

Big-box liquor would hinder local business, hurt buyers

By Dave Buchanan

As the holiday season peaks, party-goers and givers are flocking to local liquor stores, stocking up for the coming festivities. But there’s a Grinch at work in supply side of this chain, and it may create a big change in how you buy ...


Cheers! Spiked nog

By Charles Ashby

Spiked nog When I was a kid, the only time we were allowed any kind of alcohol, except the occasional glass of wine at dinner, was when my father would spike the eggnog. He’d use bourbon, but others use a variety of alcohols, such as ...


Christmas creativity:  Don’t stress! Holiday a great time to experiment

By Suzanne Hanzl

Thanksgiving, check! Now on to Christmas, oh my! There are 12 months in a year, and we cram the two most festive holiday events into less than 30 days. Is this torture or what? As the years go by, I hear more conversations about people ...


Gingerbread Gang

By Dixie Burmeister

You may have detected the aroma of gingerbread throughout the valley and beyond recently. Those aromas are coming from the preparations of gingerbread house builders of all ages and experience. Some are using building kits and others are ...


Cheers! Irish Creamy

By Charles Ashby

Irish creamy Every once in a while this time of year, my wife makes her own Irish cream (and not nearly often enough), usually as gifts to family and friends. In general, I like Irish cream on ice as a side drink, but it’s usually a ...

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