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, 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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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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