Glassware: Why what you drink from matters

All of us here know at least the very basics of glassware: you wouldn’t serve tequila in a beer stein or beer in a shot glass. As we all know, though, there’s more to drinks than just shot glasses and beer mugs. We’re breaking it down for you, from lowballs to flutes, and telling you why it matters.

To learn about the kinds of glassware we have in stock, explore out website or give us a call to find out more.

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The Trends and Birth of Champagne

BEVERAGE EDUCATION- CHAMPAGNEConsidering it’s the drink most of us toast with during our most special events, it’s hard to think that the birth of champagne was greeted with such frustration and difficulties. Widely connected to the birth of champagne is monk, Dom Perignon, believing to have invented champagne in 1693. Though it is true that Perignon took strides in perfecting wines, through careful bottling and gathering of the highest quality grapes, champagne is not noted as being a part of the market until notably later.

Since it’s presence on the market, circumstances of chance and scientific developments are what has crafted champagne into what we know it to be today. In it’s earlier days, champagne was crafted to have exceptional amounts of sugar and molasses, creating a limited window in which the beverage could be marketed and drunk safely. Safely because the carbon dioxide found in it’s bubbles created an especially narrow time period in which the pressure within the bottle would become too much and cause the bottles to burst entirely, or, at best, push the bottle’s cork out. These burst were seen as a significant safety hazard to the workers creating the product and the product’s consumers. The same sugar and molasses that was creating all these issues, was also the solution. Because of the limited time window, champagne was not able to be properly aged and improved, so the added amounts of sweetness disguised the product’s youth and imperfections. It was not until makers began to understand the science of the sugars and pressure, was it possible to create a more ‘dry’ version of champagne.

Throughout this process of perfecting the process, champagne was not considered an essential to the European middle class, and so it was dealt a higher tax rate. This added cost created the image and tradition of champagne being a luxury beverage, to be drank primarily for special occasions. This image has been maintained well into the 21st century.

Additionally, since it’s beginning, different variation of champagnes and sparkling wines have entered the market (in order from driest to sweetest):

  • Extra Brut – Bone Dry, sugar less than 0.6% per liter.
  • Brut – Sugar 0.5 – 1.5%.
  • Extra Dry – Off-Dry, 1.0 – 2%
  • Sec – Literally translated means dry, but has 2 -3.5% sugar
  • Demi-Sec – Meaning off-dry, 3.5-5%
  • Doux – Minimum 5.5% sugar, and has been known to have 8%

To explore all varieties of champagnes and sparkling wines, visit our website or visit us in store to view our selection. To learn more about variations of champagne and sparkling wines, click here.


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Have your (cheese)cake and a drink too!

[BEVERAGE EDUCATION] National Cheesecake Day

As if you needed any reason to have a glass of wine and a slice of cheesecake, National Cheesecake Day is here. If nothing else this is means that this Saturday, July 30, you can shamelessly enjoy both before the weekend comes to an end. Whether you’ll be enjoying these sweets alone or with a crowd, you should know a few things about pairings before heading to the store to buy your cake and drink of choice. As we’ve all surely heard by now, the general rule of dessert – wine pairings is “wine should be slightly sweeter than the dessert it is being paired with.” With that being the case, here’s a little list of wines that are verified dessert wines, sure to make that cheesecake extraordinarily superb.

If you’re interested in learning more about what classifies a wine as a ‘dessert wine’, check out the Wine Folly’s article “5 Types of Dessert Wine” for a breakdown of your favorite wines and what will pair best with your favorite desserts (aside from cheesecake, of course.)

** If cheesecake isn’t really your dessert of choice but you still want something sweet to enjoy with a glass of your favorite wine, check out our previous dessert-wine pairing post for some ideas!

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CLOSE OUT: You’re gonna miss them when they’re gone.

BEVERAGE EDUCATION [CLOSEOUT]Nothing particularly fancy to say here, we at Garvey just want to take a few minutes to let you know about the closeouts we have going on at the moment. We can’t say too much about these hot deals but we will say that you can get up to 80% off a selection of your back bar essentials (i.e. straws, guide books, dispensers, etc…)!

If you want to be especially savvy, combine this deal with our limited time YELP promotion (*** Receive an additional 10% off your next back bar and janitorial purchase, when you check in/rate us on Yelp! Yes, it is that simple.***). But be quick, friends, our closeout items will only be here for so long and we don’t want you kicking yourself later for missing out on the hottest deal in town!

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What makes Canadian whisky so special?

Canadian Whiskey


For the past few weeks, we’ve been posting information about fruity summer drinks. While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a sweet summer treat, there’s just something about enjoying your year round go-to. That’s why today, we’re going to discuss whisky, Canadian whisky at that (because, yes, there is a difference between Canada’s whisky and the rest of the world’s).

Canadian whisky left its mark on the United States’ spirits market during Prohibition. This drink is what a great deal of underground bars and speakeasies had in stock and continue to have in stock in recent years as well.

For those of you who don’t know, there is a specific process in the creation of Canadian whisky that differs from the rest of the world’s. While a majority of world distills the grains used to make whisky with a mash bill, Canada does not. What this means is, for those of us not fluent in industry terminology, is that the grains used in Canadian whisky are distilled separately and only combined at the very end of the process. This whole process, from the fermentation, distillation, and aging of all grains that will go into the whisky must be done in Canada for it to have the true classification of Canadian whisky.  Typical characters/styles found in Canadian whisky are toffee, cinnamon, and toast.

For those of you who are interested, try the very best of Canadian whisky, as determined by the results of the latest Canadian Whisky Tasting (in no specific order).

For more information, call or visit us here at Garvey Wholesale Beverage.

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Easy Sangria Recipes for Summer!

Hey there, friends! Being in the eye of this heat wave, we at Garvey have thought it best to help you, our dear friends, stay cool. We know what it’s like to go through a long workday and just want to come home to something refreshing, not having to worry about sweating in the kitchen for longer than needed. So, here’s where we come in. To ensure you all are staying hydrated AND getting in your daily servings  of fruit, here are simple, three-ingredient sangria recipes you can whip up in just a few minutes for those warm, breezy summer nights ahead!


To make the shopping for these batches even faster, visit our wine and mixers sections on our website or call us before coming in to place your order.

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Father’s Day

With graduation season behind us all, it’s time to focus on the men of the hour: Fathers! Whether you’re an experienced dad, a soon-to-be pop, or anything along the spectrum of father figures, it’s your turn to be celebrated. BUT, if we’re being honest, you dads are most likely going to be the ones behind the grill at this weekend’s barbecues. I can’t help you get out of that, but what we can help you with its pairings! Before you start thinking that pairings have to be complex and complicated, especially with the range of foods that are about to be devoured this weekend, let me just reassure you that we’re going to break it down for you in the simplest, best way possible. Trust me.

There’s an old saying that goes along the lines of ‘red wine, red meat. white wine, white meat”. If you’re a fan of wine, who are we to deter you from this? But not all of us are going to reach over for a bottle of wine this weekend, so here’s to those who want something a little more their style or a little more variety.


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