Archive | October, 2015

My Mets

20 Oct
I grew up in upstate New York in the early 60’s and it seemed everyone was a fan of the NY Yankees. For a rebellious eight year old, the New York Mets became my team of choice. They were the only other team on local radio and I can remember the voices of Lindsay Nelson and Bob Murphy calling the games.
They were awful. But I stuck with them through those hapless years and was rewarded in 1969 when they won the World Series. Gil Hodges was their manager as they won 100 games in the regular season. It was the first year of divisional playoffs where the Mets disposed of the Atlanta Braves.
They defeated the Baltimore Orioles in five games to win the World Series, first baseman Donn Clendenon being named World Series MVP. But there are so many memorable names from that team – Clean Jones, Ed Kranepool, Al Weis, Bud Harrelson, Jerry Grate, Art Shamsky, Tommy Agee, Ron Swoboda, Gary Gentry, Jerry Koosman, and of course Tom Seaver.
Seaver caused controversy in our household when he spoke against the drafting of young men to fight the Vietnam War. My father, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Korea, wanted to take a baseball bat to Seaver’s head.
One twist of fate from that series is the man to make the final out in the final game was Oriole Dave Johnson. Seventeen years later Johnson would be the Mets manager when they won their second World Series.
Hoping 2015 brings us #3. Go Mets!mets-logo

“ORGANIC” – What does that exactly mean as far as Wine and Spirits?

1 Oct

Let’s first understand the definition of “ORGANIC” for food and beverages in general. So we go to Wikipedia’s vast knowledge.

According to the following link :

“Organic foods are foods produced by organic farming. While the standards differ worldwide, organic farming in general features cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not allowed, although certain approved pesticides may be used. In general, organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives.”

To learn more details on ORGANIC food – click the link.

Organic wine and spirits? Most would assume “organic” to be healthful… So making decision to “drink adult beverages” that are may seem a bit of an oxymoron to some – but wine and spirits are made from the earth’s bounty – so let’s just keep the idea as a “healthy choice”.

A growing number of distillers are making products using renewable resources, or ingredients that aren’t subjected to conventional pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. The end result—more mindful drinking – not necessarily “healthful” drinking. Although, it still out there that a glass of wine preserves your memories, helps your heart and generally aids in your well-being. So why not make it a glass of “organic” wine – double bonus!

Organic versions of most wine and spirit are out there on the shelves of all liquor stores. Wines have truly shined in this market, with Vodka being the most involved spirit, and strong showings among Tequila, gin, Cognac and a broad range of liqueurs.

If purchasing or consuming organic spirits matters to you, don’t let a lack of USDA or other certification deter you, advises Bianca Miraglia, who produces the Brooklyn, NY-based Uncouth Vermouth line, a lineup of excellent, small-batch vermouths. She often seeks out organic herbs, spices and other flavorings for her artisan bottlings.

“Not everyone can afford ‘organic’ certi-fication,” she warns. “For many, it’s about the spirit of the practices.”

Another interesting side note: many (but not all) of the spirits that self-identify as “organic” provide a list of ingredients, often flagging the grains and botanicals, etc. that are organic. This is an anomaly as ingredients are almost never listed on spirits labels. I guess if you’ve got it – flaunt it!

Our sources for information are:

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