Drinking well in tough times

Below is a video from Wine Spectator with some tips for drinking good wine at a decent price. These days that becomes more and more of a priority. Times are tough all over. The video has some good ideas before the last person comes on to just plug their site, and even then it isn’t that bad of an idea to check their bargain wine suggestions. Just be careful, I have had some pretty nasty […]

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Mother’s Day Blessings

NOTE: This was originally posted last Mother’s Day. The menu has changed, but the sentiments have not. Happy Mother’s Day! Holidays are a time when we take stock of how we have been blessed in life. Today leads me to think about how I am blessed by having my own mother, the stepmother of my children, and her mother all in my life to celebrate. My mother raised me, taught me to be an individual, […]

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Another Wine Byte 11: Wines with a Tan

I would also assume that back in my grandmother’s day, the winery owner’s wife had pale skin and the people that harvested the grapes were tan. And the depth of one’s tan indicated one’s station in life. The same might be said of wine. While tannins pucker your mouth, and make it feel like all the moisture is being sucked out, they are considered beneficial in wine. Natural tannins like those found in Cabernet Sauvignon indicate potential longevity and ageability.

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If I want a little Syrah should I order a Petite Sirah?

Wine can seem confusing, which is why so many people stick to Cabernet or Chardonnay, or if they are feeling especially adventurous, a Merlot or a Pinot Gris. When we start drinking wine, just distinguishing between those varietals can be difficult enough, so even more advanced winos can be excused for not being sure what the difference is between Syrah and Petite Sirah, especially when Shiraz gets thrown into the discussion. Before we go any […]

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Restaurant Review: Pope’s Pairings Protect Plonk

The brainchild of Chef Monica Pope t’afia promises “coastal Mediterranean cuisine inspired by local ingredients.” Let me just summarize up front by saying the decor is trendy cafeteria-cool, our waiter was friendly, the food is good, but the place is very loud. Acoustics in t’afia are not conducive to quiet conversation. At least not when sitting on the long communal bench. I could hear the conversations from the tables behind me and beside me, but could not hear my dinner partner sitting across from me.

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Weekend Round-up – Around the Food and Wine Blogs

There have been so many great posts about food and wine around these Interwebs lately that I felt like sharing some. I hope that you enjoy these as much as I did. I have not had the time to visit DrinkPlanner lately, which is a shame because I missed his Guide to Drinking Cheap. This is like Kingsley Amis on bum wine. Love this site! Check out this beautiful image Alder posted at Vinography of […]

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