It’s that time of Year
Three dates that have created much angst: 7-2-1909, 2-3-1913, and 2-25-1913.
7-2-1909 was the date Congress passed the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, wording follows:
“The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”
2-3-1913 was state ratification of the 16th Amendment.
2-25-1913 was certification of the 16th Amendment by then Secretary of State, Philander C. Knox. (No, Fort Knox was not named after the Secretary of State.)
What does this mean? Taxes, and tax preparation for you and I.
So, how about some refreshment solutions for tax preparation?
- New Belgium has a new item named Voodoo Ranger Juicy Hazy IPA. This juicy version of an IPA is selling very well. It has bright, citrusy flavors with a smooth finish due to its being unfiltered. It pairs beautifully with salads, burgers, and blue cheese.
- Ballast Point Brewery out of San Diego came out with a great IPA named Fathom. I am getting multiple requests for this new beer. True to its hometown, its style is West Coast and it is described as a beer with a hint of malt in an ocean of orange and pine. It has 6% ABV and 50 IBUs. Here is your Asian/Thai pairing.
- Rosè has been so influential in the wine world that the cider people are using the word with their ciders. Virtue Cider from Fennville, MI, is made with 100% Michigan apples aged in French oak barrels. To get the Rosè taste, Virtue incorporated botanicals of citrus, sage, and hibiscus. For those with an allergy or simply making a lifestyle choice, you’ll be happy to know that cider is naturally gluten free. This crisp and refreshing cider pairs best with easy drinking events. Even the bigger brewers are getting into the Rosè gam. Angry Orchard, Strongbow, and Crispin have recently released their very own Rosè influenced ciders.
- While on the subject of Rosè, we found a few notables to bring to your attention: Rosè All Day and Apothic Rosè. These wines have a great label, and are clean and pretty, showing off and complimenting the pink color of the wine. These wines taste of red fruits and are very crisp on the palate. I recommend serving it chilled with shrimp, chicken, or fish dishes. It is an amazing sipping wine as well.
- How about some wine (whine) with your taxes? Michigan has a lot of great wine items to offer. One our favorites is the Bubbly Cherry from Chateau Chantal. Chateau Chantal has one of the greatest views in northern Michigan, and for sure on Old Mission Peninsula. Made from 100% Michigan Montmorency tart cherries, this wine has a sweet style and lots of bubbles. This is not a grape wine with cherry flavoring added; it is one of Michigan’s best examples of fruit wine. Bubbly Cherry pairs great with movies and popcorn. For something sweet and bubbly for everyone you can’t go wrong with Risata.
- We also have a new, bold, in your face, red wine offering that features one of the hottest brands right now, The Walking Dead. There are two wine items from The Walking Dead: a red blend and a Cabernet Sauvignon. From the same company as 19 Crimes, these labels come “alive” using an amazing app that utilizes augmented reality. Download the free app named LivingWineLabels. Hover your phone over either label of The Walking Dead items and they come alive and tell a story. Put both wine labels together and both labels fight each other. Augmented reality is slightly unsettling at first, but very entertaining. You can hover over the labels of 19 Crimes as well and the prisoners that are featured on every label of 19 Crimes tell their story. Be the first to show your friends this very cool new app!
Fast facts about Greg:
- Started in the Grocery business bagging at D&W in 1975. Worked at D&W for 30 years in various departments.
- Worked at SpartanNash for 11 years. Currently the Category Manager for Wine/Beer/Spirits for SpartanNash East.
- Have been a category manager since 1990 and a category manager of beer since 1997. CM of wine and spirits since 2007.
- Have travelled extensively which provided the opportunity to taste many foods and beverages from Hong Kong to Caribbean, from California to Maine.
- Love to cook, grill, and bake, snow ski, sail, and read books. Best baked item – a bourbon pecan pie with rum crust. Best grilled item – salmon with blueberry onion wine sauce and goat cheese. Best cooked item – Squash Apple soup with bourbon. Best ski slope – Go Devil at Keystone. Best book – Wonder.
- 1 wife, 3 children, 7.3 grandchildren.