Did you know there are roughly 1,300 different grape varietals that are used for commercial wine production today? Wine is made in all 50 states, and on almost every continent. Some grapes are clones of one another, while others have different names in different places. A syrah grape in the Rhone region of France is genetically the same as the shiraz grown in Australia’s Barossa Valley, although the wines will be nothing at all alike due to differences in climate and winemaking techniques. Better restaurants may have as many as 10,000 bottles in their wine cellar.
Serving alcohol at a meeting or event tends to be a boon for guests, but it can also add stress for planners. Luckily, Complete Beverage Service, a Minneapolis-based beverage company, has spent more than 20 years perfecting the art of beverage catering in the metro area.
The Nordic Skipper
Want to try your hand at mixology? The Nordic Skipper comes compliments of Robyn Cleveland, bartender at The Ravens Club in Ann Arbor (and president of the Detroit chapter of the U.S. Bartenders Guild). Cleveland’s inspiration for this complex drink comes from Scandinavia; the cherry syrup reinterprets Glogg, a Swedish holiday punch that is similar to a mulled wine.
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