The Prodigal Chicken Returns!

For all of you out there that been unable to sleep at night from worry, please rest easy now. After weeks of tense negotiations with the wicked, desperate pirates that plague the aisles, cubes and halls of my workplace, the chicken has been returned. As I have been under strict orders from the FBI hostage negotiation team not to discuss any of this until this high profile case was resolved, it has been impossible to […]

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A Mountain of Corks for Wine Cork Crafts!

The first time I had more than a couple of glasses of wine was when I was working in Marketing and Public Relations. One of the worst things about marketing, advertising and PR in the early years of one’s career is the low pay.  But one of the best things about it is all the things you get to do for free, or on the account of the advertising representative.  Which was great, because most […]

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Recycle your used corks

If your house is anything like ours, you are buried under mountains of wine corks. They look cool in clear vases, we have a big glass bowl on our coffee table that is full of them. Amy has made trivets, wreaths, and trays. She finds them in her purse, and I find them in pockets. They turn up behind the coffee maker, on the stairs, and even under the bed. They seem to multiply like […]

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Chelsea Wine Bar Gets Twisted (Oak)!

We like it because it’s one of those fabulous Rhône-style blends that hasn’t been completely Parkerized. Yes, there’s fruit and plenty of it — but it’s less of a Sweet Cloying Diva and more of a Subtle Spicy Minx with a leather whip. And what could be better with a wine that rhymes and pairs with Duck. Works well with barbecue pork and spicy Asian foods as well. And I like to pair it just with my glass as well!

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Another Wine Byte 12: Wrap It Up, I’ll Take It

When it comes to wine, it’s not just the “thought” that counts. In fact, if you don’t know that much about wine, perhaps a wine-related gift, rather than a bottle of wine, would be a much better choice. But there are other considerations when giving wine. Should you take a bottle of wine when invited to dinner? Should a host or hostess be expected to open the wine? And what about “re-gifting” wine?

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10 of the Most Architecturally Progressive Wineries in the World

Mike Payne, the editor of DesignCrave.com, sent me a link to his post entitled “The Ten Architectural Wonders of the Wine World.” He has found some real gems. From his post: To the religious and the secular alike, wine holds a special place in the hearts of men. It is no surprise, then, that the wineries of the world have become like churches themselves– while adherents to the worship of wine travel the world over, […]

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Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 7 – Pork Chops)

This is part 7 of our on-going Home Superstar Chef series. The previous posts in this series were Part 1 – Good Pans, Part 2 – Shallots, Part 3 – Pine Nuts, Part 4 – Knives, and Part 5 – High Heat Cooking, Part 6 – Restaurant Supply Houses. This entry will deal with pork chops. I am sure many of you are thinking, “Pork chops? Really? Pork chops will make me a superstar in […]

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Unconventional Wine Regions

If grapes can be grown somewhere, it seems that there is always someone who will proclaim it the new hot wine region. Climate change is wreaking havoc on some traditional growing regions, while it simultaneously creates new ones in unexpected places. Global warming, it seems, is the proverbial ill wind that blows some good for someone. Weather is not the only factor that goes into growing good grapes to make wine. The type of soil […]

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