Wine & Beer Blog

July 4th Big Batch Cocktail

by Jill Warren Lucas in Wine & Beer

Nobody wants to miss the fun of Fourth of July entertaining by mixing individual drinks for all of your guests. With this red, white and blue Summer Sangria from Weathervane Bar Manager Jess Donnell, you’ll be able to sip and celebrate!
Summer Sangria
In a gallon container, add:
8 cups/66 oz Ouro Vinho Verde
4 cups/33 oz Cannonborough Beverage Co. Grapefruit Elderflower
2 cups/16.5 oz Triple Sec
2/3 cup/ 5.5 oz Owl’s… read more

Tutored Uncorked

by Jill Warren Lucas in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

At Southern Season, we do more than just merely make the world’s best wines available to our customers. We also work with winemakers to learn about their craft, what makes their wines great, and how they pair with food to elevate a gathering into a memorable celebration.
We’re pleased to share this expertise with you during the want wine tasting and demonstration held each week in our stores. In our Chapel Hill location… read more

What’s In a Bottle?

by Chris Holaday in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Though glass blowing has been around since ancient Roman times, wine was usually carried and stored in clay jugs called amphorae. At the time, fragile and expensive glass, more often reserved for the serving of wine. Eventually, after production techniques improved, glass was found to be a good medium for storing wine since it didn’t affect taste.
One challenge with early glass was its strength. Wine wasn’t so… read more

A Sparkling Toast to Start the Year

by Chris Holaday in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Whether you’re staying in and having a quiet New Year’s Eve or going out to party, popping open a bottle of bubbly as the clock ticks midnight has become a tradition worldwide. Once seen as the luxurious drink of aristocrats, sparkling wines have been the celebratory beverage of choice at parties and momentous occasions for centuries.
Not to get too much into the science of why sparkling wines sparkle, but the cause… read more

Celebrate The Holidays With Beer

by Chris Holaday in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

If you’re into beer, your beverage of choice on a hot July day is not going to be the same one you reach for on cold, dark December evening. You may love your IPAs and light lagers, but winter is the time of year to branch out and try some heartier brews that are perfect for the season.
Cool weather brings the arrival of beers from around the world that are often maltier and darker with less hops. Many also have higher levels of… read more

A Cure for Boring Mixers: Alley Twenty Six Tonic

by Chris Holaday in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Like eating, drinking is an evolutionary process. As our palates become more refined, we seek out new tastes and have a greater appreciation for quality. The days of making beverage choices based only on price are over (we sincerely hope you no longer drink the cheap beer or convenience store wine you drank in college). It’s also a fun adventure to discover new craft beers, taste new varieties of wine or seek out small-batch… read more

The Corkscrew: The Wine Lover’s Best Friend For 400 Years

by Chris Holaday in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Before any wine aficionado takes that first sip of ruby or golden nectar it must first be freed from the glass container in which it has so lovingly been sealed by the winemaker. To do so usually requires the assistance of a corkscrew, something most probably think of as a utilitarian device that languishes in a kitchen drawer until needed.
Early wine bottles were sealed by corks inserted in such a way that a substantial… read more

Women in Food and Wine

by Elizabeth Cooper - Wine Buyer in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

This past couple of months there have been so many distinctive mentions via articles, awards, recognition of women in the food and beverage industry – it truly warms my heart.  It has been a professional career, and dare I say, practiced art (no home economics here) that has been consistently dominated by men. Women are rising to the occasion and occasionally getting well deserved recognition. 
Over the last month… read more

A Little Wine and Cheese?

by Rhonda Barnhart - Cheesemonger, Chapel Hill, NC in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Wine & Beer

Well I don’t mind if I do! We’re gearing up for a Wine and Cheese Festival here at Southern Season. My job was to pick three cheeses from our cheese department any milk, any rind, any region. Hand over the lucky trio to Liz from Wine. A little thought. A little discussion. And Voila! The perfect pairing had been born.
“Bring the cheese and let’s try this out!” I was told by our wine expert. I was intrigued by this particular… read more

Spring Wines in Richmond, VA

by Sergio Pinzon, Richmond Store Wine Manager in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

It seems spring has finally arrived or just skipped us and we’re straight in to summer here in Richmond.
I always look forward to this time of year. As the vines start budding and waking up, so does our appetite for fresh, bright and sometimes pink wines. Spring is a transitional period for both food and wine, we have plenty of winter vegetables left over while the spring ones slowly make their way on to our plate. This transitional… read more