Wine for Haiti

We have all seen the horrific scenes on the news from the unthinkable tragedy unfolding in Haiti. There are so many people there suffering, and so many people here wanting to help. In the wine community many of us are pulling together with Brother, Can you Spare a Bottle? and Palate Press: The Online Wine Magazine to try to do our part. If you have a few nice bottles sitting around, or can afford to […]

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Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 8 – Garlic)

Garlic may seem ubiquitous and ordinary, after all it seems to be a staple in the cuisine of almost every culture, but knowing more about it can really elevate your cooking to new heights. On the other hand, mistreatment of this wondrous knob of deliciousness can ruin an otherwise fantastic dish. If you are serious about cooking great food, then garlic needs to be one of your best friends.

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Leftover Wine Bottles on the Counter? Recycle; Reduce!

Our counters were cluttered. We had accumulated a number of bottles half-filled with wine that we either didn’t drink because we didn’t care for them, or we had wine left over from an event where there were too many wines to consume in one evening. So, what do you do with all that wine? Make a wine reduction! It’s pretty simple but takes a bit of time and attention, but here’s how you do it.

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Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant 2005

Some things can only be experienced, and no matter how eloquently or accurately they are described, words really fall short. I think all great wines are like that. The best that a wine reviewer can strive for is to get just enough right so that the reader is tantalized enough to seek out the experience for themselves. Some wine is even harder to capture in words. The 2005 Le Cigare Volant from Bonny Doon Vineyards […]

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Great Finds in Grocery Store Wine

Amazing. You can put your name on a list for wine or beer that sells out in 10 minutes. Now that’s customer service. The kind you might expect at a small store in the older neighborhoods of a big city or a small town. Or if you’re an important customer at the big wine retailer. Not a huge mega-store that sits along the freeway in the suburbs. It’s the kind of service that builds clientele, not just customers.

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