Part of the Near Beer Crowd

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Being social without consuming alcohol By Josh Perilo I have, literally, dozens of friends and acquaintances who, for one reason or another, no longer drink alcohol. For some of them, the choice to not drink was an easy one. For others, it was, and continues to be, a long and difficult road. In the Behavioral [&hellip
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Pinot Noir is Jazz

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By Josh Perilo Continuing on my recent ramblings, comparing different grape varietals to different genres of music, one grape in particular began to vex me. Pinot Noir. So unique, and yet incredibly hard to define, I tossed and turned trying to pin down what musical niche could possibly compare. Then it struck me like a [&hellip
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Merlot is Pop Rock

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Classic vino is a sugary superstar By Josh Perilo “If you had to describe a Merlot to someone who had never had it before,” my friend Bryan challenged, “how would you do it?” This was the statement that started me thinking about the metaphor that I eventually obsessed over: wine and music. These were, after [&hellip
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Portugal’s ‘Green’ Wine

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Vinho Verde is a delicious and light wine for summer By Josh Perilo When my friend Shirley returned from her trip to Spain and Portugal, she couldn’t stop talking about it. I was completely intrigued. “It’s called green wine!” She kept saying, “And they have it everywhere!” “What’s it like?” “So light. So refreshing. It’s [&hellip
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Antiquated Fixtures of Wine

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Wine artifacts and customs from the past By Josh Perilo “Her name was Mara Palmer,” instructed Artemus in his genteel Southern drawl, “and she was a Bulgarian Aristocrat.” “And this thing she had,” I said, “it was like an antenna?” “It was a swizzle stick. A Champagne swizzle stick. It was made by Dunhill.” Artemus [&hellip
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