All About the Pucker
Several of the best beers we tasted in 2010 were tart ones. I'd consider Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek a must-try for beer fanatics, and Rodenbach's 2007 Vintage Oak Aged the perfect crossover beer for wine lovers. Of the American-brewed sours we tried, the Rosso e Marrone from Captain Lawrence really knocked our socks off.
The Year's Best Beer Pairings
I'm still daydreaming about the combination of fruity and smoky Allagash Burnham Road with barbecue we tried during Philly Beer Week.
For dessert, I'll have another Bespoke Chocolates passionfruit white chocolate heart with Cascade Brewing's Apricot Ale.
The Year's Best Wine Pairing
Our top Grenache of the year, Domaine Giraud Les Grenaches de Pierre Chateauneuf-du-Pape, was elevated even higher when served with seared duck breast in a blackberry and star anise sauce.
Good Stuff in Unassuming Packages
Seriously delicious beer in easy-to-carry, light-blocking containers? We'll take it.
Good wine in a box? It's cheaper and lasts much, much longer than open bottles. Our favorite boxed white was Chateau de Bonhoste Bordeaux Blanc, and we were mighty impressed with quite a few boxed reds, including Cuvée de Peña Vin de Pays and From the Tank Red.
Sauvignon Blanc To Remember
Some wines stop conversation, and Cloudy Bay's Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc (2006) is one of those. This luxurious wine has whiffs of apple turnovers and jasmine.
Other favorite Sauvignon Blanc producers: Kalin Cellars and Grgich Hills.
What was your favorite sip of 2010?