Dave Helt

The Beer Manifesto

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” – Benjamin Franklin Those of you who have wandered into Vine & Table the last several months have probably noticed a new face hovering around the beer section. He was helpful (hopefully), cheerful (usually), and all too ready to chew your ear […]

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Goose Island Pepe Nero

Solving the Mystery of Pepe Nero

Ask ten beer aficionado’s their favorite style and you will likely get ten different answers. There are currently over one hundred officially recognized styles and sub styles of beer and they all have rabid fans. Occasionally, however, you will have a beer that ignores the rules of style and ventures out to forge its own […]

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GlenDronach – Whisky isn’t just about whisky. Whisky is about people!

The thought that whisky is really about people popped into my head as I walked through the GlenDronach distillery with Alan McConnochie, the Distillery Manager.  Because as we walked and talked and met the various distillery workers at this small, out-of-the-way factory, I could not help but notice the pride that everybody put into their […]

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GlenDronach – Hunting Season Begins!

One of my favorite things about our single malt cask program is the actual hunt for the whisky, which starts, of course, with making my way to the distillery itself. This isn’t as easy as it sounds and you would think, coming from a small island myself, that I of all people would know that […]

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Cycle Buff Beauty Wine

Misfits’ Cycle Buff Beauty Isn’t Flippant

We all know wine is serious business, but once in a while a product comes to our attention that reminds us that wine can be awfully fun too. The 2011 Misfits Wine Co. Cycle Buff Beauty is a hoot – from its  label, reminiscent of something out of a James Bond movie (think scantily clad […]

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Best Oregon Pinot Noir

Demystifying Oregon Pinot Noir

Ok, let’s cut to the chase, Oregon Pinot Noir is a bit of mystery to the casual wine drinker.  There seems to be a mystique surrounding it; everyone seems to know it is desirable, but most aren’t really quite sure why. I dare you to ask the person sitting across from you at your next […]

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