glass of absintheAnise Liqueurs – Sambuca, Ouzo, Absinthe, Arak, Raki & Pastis

Anise liqueurs and spirits have a subtle to not-so-subtle licorice flavor. Usually made from aniseed, these drinks rim the Mediterranean Sea and are imbued into local cultures with deep flavor and a heady aroma.

Italian Wines

There are over 2,000 traditional, indigenous grape varieties thriving in Italy. We know most of these wines by place names – Chianti, Barolo, Amarone, Valpolicella – but perhaps it’s time to introduce the grapes behind the wines.

Clear Choices – Types of Wine Glasses

Our guide to wineglasses. How the shape of wineglasses are designed to enhance the aromas and flavours of individuals wines.



glass of sherry, a fortified wineFortified Wines Sherry, Port, Madeira & Marsala

Whether served as apéritifs, as dessert wines, or in cooking, fortified wines are back. Sherry, Port, Madeira and Marsala are the most common fortified wines.

Cooking with Fortified Wines

With personalities that range from dry and fine, to smoky-caramel, to rich and raisiny and sweet, fortified wines add elegant distinction to all kinds of savory dishes and desserts.

Riesling grapes on the vineRiesling – A Perfect Pick for Thanksgiving Dinner

The off-dry to semi-sweet Rieslings have great acidity, helpful with cranberry sauce; light sweetness, great with yams; deep mineral flavors are perfect with turkey and gorgeous fruit notes clean the palate of all those other flavors and get you ready for the next bite.


burlap bag with coffee beans

Coffee Terminology

Don’t know your Café Freddo from a Doppio? Should it be skinny or with wings? Learn the lingo of your barista with our glossary of terms, types of coffee drinks and the fancy terms for ordering coffee.

Fancy Terms for How to Order Coffee

Don’t know “skinny” from “with wings”? Learn the lingo of your barista with our guide to fancy terms for how to order coffee.

Turkish Coffee

Rich in Flavour and Tradition from the days of the Ottoman Empire, coffee has played an important role in Turkish lifestyle and culture.


a cup of chai tea

Chai: Spicing Up Tea

 Tea gets a flavour boost from spices.

A Guide to Types of Tea

A quick reference for flavor notes, countries of origin and points of interest

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