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The Joys of The Grape & The Grain: Tonight's Tipple

A glass of wine, a blend of Chenin Blanc and Muscat, from South Africa.
 
The Grain has emerged victorious this evening: A lager: Samuel Smith, (Old Brewery, Tadcaster), Pure Brewed Organic Lager.
 
And a Trappistes Rochefort 10, (from Belgium), one of the very best beers, brewed in a Trappist monastery, in the world, is currently keeping me company.
 
A rather tasty Weissbier: Grevensteiner (G & A Veltins) from Germany.
 
A glass (or two) of Chardonnay from the Pays d'Oc (in southern France).
 
Some beer was delivered today, and I am now sipping an Erdinger Dunkel, a German dark beer.
 
A Trappistes Rochefort 8 followed by a Trappistes Rochefort 10, two superlative Belgian beers.
 
Sipping a Trappistes Rochefort 10, naturally, from a Trappistes beer glass/chalice, a superlative Belgian beer.
 
I read - and thus, only learned - today (in the Observer/Guardian) that one of the very few remaining genuinely Trappist beers in Belgium (Achel beer) has lost the right to use that specific designation since January, as it is no longer run by Trappist monks (falling vocations are a problem, I gather).
 
A small crate of beer (mostly Belgian Trappist beers, Trappistes Rochefort) was delivered today.

Yesterday evening, I enjoyed a glass (or two) of Vacqueyras (an excellent and smooth French wine), and tonight, I am sipping a glass or two of Chianti, an elegant Italian wine.
 
I had an interesting cherry cider, and Ace's Pineapple cider today. Unfortunately, I don't recall the makers of the cherry, other than the can said something about grown by farmers, made by farmers..
 
I had an interesting cherry cider, and Ace's Pineapple cider today. Unfortunately, I don't recall the makers of the cherry, other than the can said something about grown by farmers, made by farmers..

What country was the cider from?

Some of the best producers of good quality cider (and perries, - beverages made from pears - for that matter), come from countries or regions that lie north of the traditional wine producing regions: England, Ireland, Normandy (in France), and Sweden.

Ah, re-reading your post, a cherry cider? Not a cherry beer? The Belgians (some of the smaller breweries) produce some extraordinarily good cherry - and raspberry - beers.

A pineapple cider? Gosh; what was that like?
 
What country was the cider from?

Some of the best producers of good quality cider (and perries, - beverages made from pears - for that matter), come from countries or regions that lie north of the traditional wine producing regions: England, Ireland, Normandy (in France), and Sweden.
US cherry. Apple juice base with cherry added.
Ah, re-reading your post, a cherry cider? Not a cherry beer? The Belgians (some of the smaller breweries) produce some extraordinarily good cherry - and raspberry - beers.

A pineapple cider? Gosh; what was that like?
Both were good, although the cherry was a little more tart than others I’ve had.
 
At the liquor store to pick up a replacement bottle of Wild Turkey 101, I was talked into trying a better whiskey by an enthusiastic “whiskey advocate“ employee. The name Broken Fence Bourbon. It was about $12 more a bottle, I gave it a chance and purchased a bottle. The verdict, it’s good, with good flavor, but I sense no substantial difference in burn, they're about the same, the Broken Fence might have a tad less burn, but I’d have to try them side by side. I predict the next bottle will be Wild Turkey. :)

Company description:
A better sipping bourbon begins with great whiskey - taken a step further. Our bourbon is unforgettably smooth, rich with vanilla and oak, and finished beautifully with those hints of sherry cask.

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A Belgian classic: St Bernardus Abt 12, served in a St Bernardus beer glass (or goblet, or chalice).
 
Am awaiting delivery of a crate of beer (full of the usual suspects, Trappistes Rochefort, St Bernardus, Weihenstephaner, Westmalle Dubbel and Tripel, and a few bottles of Erdinger Dunkel).
 
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