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About Judd Smith

Judd Smith is a local wine enthusiast who also works as Cadre Hospitality Group's beverage director. You can also check out his blog at www.BeardandBarrelBlog.com.
Latest Posts | By Judd Smith
Sip On This: Wine Dinners in SB
2 weeks ago

Sip On This: Wine Dinners in SB

It’s a new year and for a lot of people that means giving something up or taking up something new. I’ve heard of people giving up fast food or joining …
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Celebrate with a Drink: Bourbon Cider Punch
2 months ago

Celebrate with a Drink: Bourbon Cider Punch

December has always been my most favorite time of the year. Since I was a child I was always excited, and not just because school was out and I was …
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Sip on This: Beaujolais
3 months ago

Sip on This: Beaujolais

Thanksgiving is always one of the bigger wine pairing holidays of the year. The thing about it is that almost everyone has different food traditions they observe. Believe it or …
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Sip on This: The Importance of Importers
3 months ago

Sip on This: The Importance of Importers

More often than not, choosing which wine to drink is about trust. You either trust yourself to do the research and make the decision, or you don’t and you enlist …
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Wine Pricing: Where the Dirt Makes the Difference
4 months ago

Wine Pricing: Where the Dirt Makes the Difference

I love that line and I wish I could take credit for it. It came up in a discussion I was having with one of my long time wine reps, …
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Summertime Wines: Fresh & Acidic
7 months ago

Summertime Wines: Fresh & Acidic

News flash: it’s hot. I’ve seen innovative and we’ll call them “extremely original” ways to stay cool. I prefer the traditional oenophile methodology versus the strictly beer diet. Summertime wines.


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Setting the Mood
12 months ago

Setting the Mood

What sets a mood better than music? Music helps convey tone and energy in movies, plays and television shows every day. But how does music associate with adult beverages? I’m …
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New Year Wine Resolutions
1 year ago

New Year Wine Resolutions

The new year always comes with New Year resolutions. On Jan. 1, we will barrel into a new year with an opportunity to create new habits, drop old ones, and …
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Trick or Treating: An Evening  Paired with Wine
1 year ago

Trick or Treating: An Evening Paired with Wine

Let me be clear: I’m not advocating drinking while being in charge of a group of children that are going door to door asking for candy. My idea of …
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Manhattan Recipe
2 years ago

Manhattan Recipe

2 ounces of your favorite Rye Whiskey (I like Sazerac Rye) 1 ounce of sweet vermouth 2 dashes of Angostora Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice, stir …
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