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John DeMers

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John DeMers is Director of Culinary Hospitality for Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods of Fredericksburg. As such he directs and instructs in the brand-new Culinary Adventure Cooking School at Das Peach Haus, offering fun food and wine experiences for visitors and locals alike.

Texas Hill Country wineries produce world-class wines and make a great day trip or overnight stay. With the same origin story as California wine, Texas wine was born centuries ago because... more

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Deep in the heart of Hungary is the world’s most legendary dessert wine, a golden amber nectar of the gods known by its place of origin, Tokaji... more

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With more than three centuries of winemaking under its oh-so-rugged belt, South Africa is one of the oldest new wine regions on earth. Or should we say newest... more

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Today, more and more people buy finished eggnog at the supermarket. We think that’s a bit of a shame—eggnog is neither complex mixology nor rocket science. Enjoy this recipe for homemade Holiday Eggnog... more

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Not surprisingly, we loved the flavor of eggnog years before we got serious enough to wonder about its story. Eggnog comes to us, like so many good things with Dickensian holiday overtones, from... more

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Today’s sommeliers come into the profession by as many routes as there are people. For dozens, if not hundreds, of people attracted to wine service as a career, the sommelier’s job is at heart a dream come true... more

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When Kathy Joseph was first getting into wine making almost 34 years ago, there weren’t as many... more

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Like the “field recordings” of decades past, when sociologists and others reeled off hours of taping furniture being made or cows being milked, Andrew Jones is gathering an idiosyncratic record of the... more

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The experience of tasting 50-year-old single-malt whisky from Scotland priced at $38,000 a bottle... more

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Proud Moravians will tell you that this region of the Czech Republic produces not only 98 percent of that entire country’s wines, but also... more

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If you dig back far enough, the winemakers of the Champagne region—including one monk named Dom Pérignon—were actually trying to get rid of the bubbles... more

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With a combination of quality, value and grapes brought over from Bordeaux, Chilean wines are a treasure... more

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A little insight into the beloved summer beverage, sangria... more

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Whether your taste runs to fried chicken with potato salad or duck pate with cornichons, choose a perfect picnic wine to enjoy along side. A few general notions apply... more

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Greece is starting to turn out vintages as satisfying as they are unique... more

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The next time you think “ice wine” is what you get whenever you plop a frozen cube into your chardonnay or pinot grigio, you might better think again. In recent years, icewines have become a special fascination in places with... more

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