Month: December 2017

Wine Feature – A New Year To Try New Things

New Year’s resolutions can be difficult to make, and even harder to keep up. The gym is the most crowded between January and March, and your fridge will be stocked with healthy food until all of the chocolates you get on Valentine’s Day, but one resolution you can definitely fulfill? Try new things, like new wine!

A New Year Means Time To Try New Things, Like Wine!

It’s a new year and you’re ready for a new you. If you love wine as much as we do, why not make some resolutions that speak to your true passion! Great wine! From wine lover to wine lover, here are a few New Year’s resolutions that we can happily commit ourselves to.

Drink More Wine

Join our Wine Club and you are well on your way to a glass a day. Our clubs are great for those looking to try new items, experience wines from different countries, or even start a wine collection. With two different levels of wine club, you can select the one that fits your desires.

Stop By Our Wine Bar And Sample Our Wines By The Glass

Wine club isn’t the only way to try new wines to keep up on your resolution! Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through each taste and maybe you’ll find a new favorite – or two.

Have Patience, Some Wines Get Better With Age

That bottle you’ve been dying to open? Give it a few more months for a real treat. Or to make it easy just buy two, one to drink and one to cellar. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how certain wines develop in the bottle.

Switch It Up

Do you usually drink red wine? Explore and treat your palate to a white wine for a change.

Share With friends

From childhood, partners and teachers tell us the same thing again and again – sharing is caring! And, after all, the best way to enjoy your favorite bottle of wine is with a group of friends.

Discover Perfect Pairings

A good meal becomes a great meal with the right wine.

Make More Time For Wine

Don’t chug, sip and savor. Appreciate each sip and learn to taste all the different flavors a single wine can offer – rich tannins intermingling with plum, blackberry, and toasty oak flavors. Or maybe cigar tobacco and raspberry nuances, lingering long after your glass of wine is empty.

In a city like Billings, there are many options to try new things for the New Year, but this resolution will not only be satisfying to your taste buds, but will also broaden your wine knowledge and bring out your inner sommelier to impress all of your friends and family.

Start Your Beer Cellar The Right Way This New Year

It’s a new year and might be a good time for you to rewrite your beer game. Much like wine and liquor, beer can benefit from aging. Your standard 12 oz. of Newcastle or Corona will not hold up for more than a few months, but those tasty Tripels, Barleywines, and any barrel aged brew will only get better with time. Now’s the time to start your beer cellar!

It takes a great deal of discipline to store one or two extra bombers of the year’s hottest releases, but it is quite the experience to see how a beer can evolve over the span of 12 months. Much of the boozy and bitter hop tastes tend to mellow out while the malt takes over and can expand the specific flavors of the beer.

Start Your Beer Cellar This New Year

Getting started may be a bit of expenditure, but being in possession of a wealth of popular beer that has the possibility of transforming into the top bomber of next year is an exciting journey. While the idea of making this beer treasure trove can be exciting, there are a few important steps you will need to take in order to get the most out of your cellared brews.

Storing Your Beer

Once you have a good amount of beer set aside, you will need to set yourself some ground rules in terms of how you store it. Always keep your beer upright, out of sunlight and at a constant/cool temperature. Many enthusiasts make their own cupboards or chests to place their precious bottles into, but a regular cardboard wine or beer box will suffice. Designating some closet space or an extra room downstairs is also a good idea so that guests or family members do not prematurely open up one of your keepers.

There is no set amount of each beer that you should hold onto, but depending on how well you enjoy it and how well it holds up are the only real considerations to take. Once you are a few years into starting your beer reserve, your year-by-year vertical stacks of each delicious beer will prove to be a treasured and evolving stockpile that you will be able to pull from for any special occasion.

When Do I Open Them?

The great thing about storing beer is that it is all an experiment to find the prime time to open each individual label. Goose Island’s Bourbon County “Brand Stout,” for example, is an extremely popular beer that has been extensively communicated across the country as being at its best two to three years after its bottling.

Having a rough idea of when you should open your secretly stashed brews can also give you a good estimate of how many to purchase as well. Using stickers or tags to mark each bottle with a “drink by” date is the best option to keep your entire inventory accounted for and marked for an optimal drinkability date.

If you know one is best at two years, you may decide to purchase four of the same year so that you can have one once you get home, another a year later and then two to open and share with friends once it is the most enjoyable. What are you waiting for? Start your beer cellar today!

Market Feature – This Cheese Lover’s Quiz Will Make You Melt

January 20 is National Cheese Lover’s Day, and we developed a quick little cheese lover’s quiz to see how much you know about your cheese crush…

Put Your Heart To the Test With This Cheese Lover’s Quiz

Question 1

Which US state produces the most cheese?

(A) Vermont (B) Wisconsin (C) California (D) Oregon

Question 2

The Sardinian cheese Casu Marzu, Italian for “rotten cheese,” is notable for containing what?

(A) Seaweed (B) Live maggots (C) Hard-boiled egg (D) Fermented vegetables

Question 3

Which of these well-known cheese types is not generally made from sheep’s milk?

(A) Feta (B) Pecorino (C) Romano (D) Manchego (E) Havarti

Question 4

Bandel, Paneer and Chhena are cheeses produced in what country?

(A) Belgium (B) Turkey (C) India (D) Egypt

Question 5

Which country makes the most cheese, producing on average 60,000 metric tons?

(A) France (B) UK (C) Italy (D) US

Question 6

Which country consumes the most cheese per capita?

(A) France (B) UK (C) Italy (D) US (E) Greece

Question 7

The Midnight Moon cheese carried at City Vineyard is a unique Gouda because:

(A) It is made from goat’s milk (B) It is the shortest aged Gouda available

(C) It is washed frequently in moonshine

Question 8

True or false, cheese should be served at room temperature.

Question 9

Which of these cheese varieties is not originally from France?

(A) Brie (B) Camembert (C) Gruyere (D) Munster

Question 10

What some are calling the “world’s oldest cheese” was recently unearthed in which country?

(A) Egypt (B) India (C) Mexico (D) China

Question 11

True or false, goat’s milk can make yellow cheese.

Question 12

The Cinderella cheese carried at City Vineyard has blue/black streaking because:

(A) It is a blue cheese (B) Black pepper is added to the curds

(C) The rind is rubbed with black sea salt

Question 13

When making triple cream cheeses, cream is added to the milk before the curds form, this brings the butterfat in the solid product to at least:

(A) 30% (B) 45% (C) 60% (D) 75%

How do you think you did?

​Whether you aced or flunked your cheese lover’s quiz, we don’t doubt your love for cheese. (Answers ​can be found below.) And, remember that City Vineyard is always your best destination ​to get set up on the perfect cheese date.


ANSWERS

​1. B (approximately 2.8 billion pounds)

2. B (female cheese flies lay eggs in the cheese; ​the larvae/maggot’s digestive systems break down the cheese’s fats, making its texture ​very soft)

3. E

4. C

5. D

6. A

7. A

8. True (remove from refrigeration 30-60 ​minutes prior to serving, depending on cheese type)

9. C (this cheese is originally from ​Switzerland)

10. D (kefir-type cheese dating back to 1615 B.C. was found hanging around ​the necks of mummies in northwestern China)

11. False (only cow’s milk can make ​yellow cheese; goat’s, sheep’s and buffalo’s milk cannot)

12. C

13. D​

​Quiz adapted from csmonitor.com

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