Montefalco: Vino Magnifico

When I was a school girl learning world geography, Italy was by far the easiest to remember. The fancy high-heeled boot of a lady whose ruffled skirts were France, Switzerland and Austria. Take a closer look, at the seductively rounded calf of the leg inside the boot, and you’ll find the land of Umbria. With Tuscany to her west, Le Marche to the east and Lazio to the South, Umbria is il cuor verde d’Italia […]

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Bill Cosby, Drinking and Consent

Consent is defined by West’s Encyclopedia of American Law as “voluntary acquiescence to the proposal of another; the act or result of reaching an accord; a concurrence of minds; actual willingness that an act or an infringement of an interest shall occur.” It goes on to say that “consent is an act of reason and deliberation.” Further, a person who possesses and exercises sufficient mental capacity to make an intelligent decision demonstrates consent by performing […]

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A Fatherless Father’s Day

At least a month leading up to Father’s Day, we start receiving pitches from PR folks; like those for Father’s day cocktail ideas, Father’s Day craft beers, Father’s Day wine gifts. One thing I learned when I studied PR, is that it is a good idea to read the publication before you pitch it. Doing a search on “Father” will give you an idea if the publication to which you are pitching posts stories that suggests drinks or gifts for […]

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10 Things to do in Barcelona, Spain

Planning a visit to Barcelona, the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea? Well if not, you should! The Catalan capital’s influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts make Barcelona one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade and cultural centers. Last year nearly 8 million people spent the night in Barcelona, the Ciutat Comtal or City of Counts, which is Cap i Casal de Catalunya or the Head and Heart of […]

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Meat Madness: BBQ Couple is In It to Win It!

Mary Cressler and Sean Martin are on a mission to win the 2015 Tournament Bracket. Down to the Final Four in Round Five of Traeger Wood Pellet Grills #MeatMadness recipe contest has Mary posting pictures of herself rockin’ some Totally ’80s Bangs, another of her standing in front a propeller plane, and a “Vote for Nachos” nod to Napoleon Dynamite. The contest started on March 15th with 64 entrants for the first round of the […]

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Eating Calçots: Deep Throat in Barcelona

Barcelona is a food lovers’ paradise — where supper starts at 9:00 or 10:00 in the evening and can go on well past midnight. You will not leave a restaurant hungry, and can sample multiple dishes in the form of world-famous “tapas” (small plates). The Swine is King and one can even find Jamón serrano in a cone along the streets near the tourist centers. I have been here since late Monday on a media […]

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The “F” Word and Mother Nature’s Lady Parts: VINTAGE 2014

If you think you know what someone means when she says “the ‘F’ Word,” you probably have not spent much time with a winemaker. Talk of Lady parts and Mother Nature’s ass — it was not quite was I expected when Wil Fernandez sent me a sneak preview of VINTAGE 2014: the stories behind the vines. I have seen some of the initial filming, and the photography is stunning, but I was not prepared to […]

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Good Texas wines honor Terroir

Many Texas wineries exhibit the hubris Texas has become known for all over the world — with a swagger and a determination, they attempt to bend Mother Nature over and whip her into submission. If it works for oil, then why shouldn’t it work for wine? Those wineries making mediocre wines claim any ‘perceived’ flaws can be attributed to the terroir (a French word that refers to the set of special characteristics of geography, geology […]

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Cornerstone Oregon 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Vibrant ruby in color, with a luscious nose of strawberries, blackberries and rhubarb; a whiff of white pepper and a hint of patchouli. This 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir White Label from Cornerstone Cellars, Gaston, Oregon offers flavors of black cherries, smokey strawberries and sensual tannins. With balanced acidity, this is a Pinot Noir for the ages. ABV 13.5%. $50. Pairing Suggestion: Roasted Pork Tenderloin medallions rubbed with rosemary, thyme and garlic.

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