Monday marks the 57th Presidential Inauguration, where President Obama will once again assume the duties as commander in chief. Many people will judge President Obama’s next four years on how well he handles issues like gun control, the economy, education and our involvement in the Middle East. But for me, I’ll be judging his presidency on what the future holds for the next White House beer.
Last year, the White House released recipes for two of its home-brewed beers under the Freedom of Information Act. When the recipes were released, complete with a video showing the brewing process, I learned a very important thing about our President - the man cares about his beer! And, he shares three very important things that all Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent and Green Party craft beer drinkers care about - where the beer is from, how the beer is made and the quality of the beer.
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Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
It’s rare that one family will tolerate two stars. Think about it - Alec Baldwin? Definitely a star. Other Baldwins? Sort of famous, but just not quite real stars. Ditto Owen and Luke Wilson. Luke, excellent actor, really appealing on-screen, but just doesn’t quite have the particular audience-drawing whatever-it-is-ness that his odd-nosed older brother has. Not fair, but hard to argue with.
The same is pretty much true of wine regions. Usually, one grape gets to be the star. The others may have nice careers, may produce really charming wine, but they never quite get the acclaim that the leading variety does. Napa Valley, for instance, produces a lot of very good Merlot, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc - but Cabernet Sauvignon is without doubt the leading grape there.
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Lucky ducks! January 18 is National Peking Duck Day.
Few dishes can claim to be loved by figures as opposite as Henry Kissinger and Fidel Castro. Peking duck has even inspired poems and songs about its crispy skin and succulent flesh.
Roast duck has been a Chinese specialty since before the year 600. It wasn’t until the mid 1300s that what we now know as Peking duck gained its full popularity.