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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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Olé! Today is National Tequila Day
11 months ago

Olé! Today is National Tequila Day

July 24 is National Tequila Day — a glorious day when we celebrate this fine spirit. In order to properly salute tequila, we should fully understand what it is, where …
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Sip on This: Summer Sippin’
1 year ago

Sip on This: Summer Sippin’

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Oh, summer in Louisiana arrives this month. June 21 is the first official day of summer, and during this crazy hot season, we in the restaurant and retail industries see …
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National Drinking Days in May
1 year ago

National Drinking Days in May

I won’t lie — you’re going to need to hydrate for this one. May is a month that is packed full of those fun “national days” that get us to …
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Sip On This: Yet Another Reason to Drink Malbec
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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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