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Spec’s Top Wines of 2019

We are pleased to announce Spec’s TOP WINE PICKS OF 2019! Our wine experts have traveled to Spain, Napa Valley, and everywhere in between this year tasting thousands of different wines to better serve our customers (and to enjoy some great wine too). These will be great for a Holiday…

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Wine Wednesday

Donnhoff Estate QbA Riesling 2017 One of my friends is a Riesling fanatic. He reveres the grape to the point that he once lectured me about how Riesling is the “ultimate” grape variety. The rationale for his argument was that Riesling is the one variety used to produce wines of…

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Halloween Cocktails

Diabolical Drinks: Halloween Cocktail Recipes

If you’ve been planning your Halloween party since November, the last thing you want to do is serve your ghoulish guests common cocktails. The Halloween theme doesn’t stop at the bar; if anything, it gets amped up a notch or two. Spec’s has you covered with delicious recipes for everything…

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Chocolate Cocktails

Choco Lots of Cocktails

There are times when a glass of liquor is just what you need to take the edge off, but sometimes what you really need is some rich, velvety chocolate to make everything right in the world. Thankfully, combining these two is easier than you think! Join us as we celebrate…

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Junk Food Pairings

Junk Food Wine Pairings

If you think of wine as exclusive to fine dining, you aren’t alone. And while it’s an excellent addition to a special meal, if it’s the only time you break out a bottle, you’re missing out. Wine is a surprisingly delightful companion to a variety of “lower brow” foods. (That’s…

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Apple Flavored Cocktails

An Apple Cocktail A Day…

With cooler weather starting to arrive, it’s time to roll up that flannel sleeve and embrace the taste of the season! No, we’re not talking about pumpkins; there have been enough pumpkin flavored items unleashed on us in the last month to properly summon The Great Pumpkin King a dozen…

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Wine Wednesday

Welcome to Spec’s Wine Wednesday, a thread where we will feature various producers from around the world – a mixture of mainstays and hidden gems – that we feel are worth taking home for self-study. For this week’s inaugural installment, we’ll briefly examine a lesser-known producer from Bordeaux called Haut-Vigneau.…

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The Lowdown on Liqueur: Cocktail Recipes

When stocking your home bar or even just ordering a drink, the words “liquor” and “liqueur” can appear confounding similar. Besides looking and sounding the same, they also have a lot in common in that both are alcohol, both are fond in stores and at bars and both are used…

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Fall Wedding Cocktails

The best part of having a fall wedding, besides the lack of sweltering summer heat, is the taste of fall sprinkled throughout the event. Whether it’s leafy table toppers, seasonal flowers, or orange bridesmaid dresses (you laugh but we’ve seen it!) The one component you shouldn’t skimp with the season…

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Simply Vodka: Easy Vodka Cocktails

Vodka is one of the easiest spirits to work with when crafting cocktails. Its mild flavor allows it to blend with a variety of ingredients that can be shaken, stirred, and blended into numerous complex cocktails, but where it truly shines is in minimalistic drinks. The fewer the ingredients the…

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Roasty Toasty Coffee Cocktails

Coffee cocktails have come a long way since the 1940s/50’s Irish Coffee and 1960’s White Russian (made famous by The Big Lebowski), and the Espresso Martini of the 1980s/90’s. This is in part to the evolution of coffee culture itself. From first-wave drip coffee, to Starbucks, to today’s craft “third-wave”…

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Crushable Crustacean: Lobster & Wine Pairings

Lobster, the most decadent of crustacea, has been delighting humans since 1984. Ok, more likely since humans first discovered them dwelling below the surface of the ocean. Timelines aside, lobster is ridiculously tasty! Always has been, always will be. But did you know there are different kinds of lobster? As…

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