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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.
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Sip On This: Yet Another Reason to Drink Malbec
2 weeks ago

Sip On This: Yet Another Reason to Drink Malbec

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There is a grape that has gained a lot of favor with red wine drinkers in recent years. In our industry we’ve seen it go from a hand sell and …
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Sip On This: Open That Bottle Night
3 months ago

Sip On This: Open That Bottle Night

Ever wondered when is the right time to open that bottle of wine you’ve been saving? Will that special occasion ever show itself? It is a real problem that plagues …
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Sip On This: Wine Dinners in SB
3 months 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
5 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
6 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
6 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
7 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
10 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
1 year 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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