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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Turkey and Cannellini beans with Terlato Pinot Grigio

The other night I came home to the usual question of  “What are you fixing for dinner?” As I had not gone to the grocery store in quite some time, and had been pulling things out of the freezer and the pantry to see what I could make for almost a week, it was a question that I was having a very difficult time answering. Not wanting to get back in my car and driving […]

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Polenta and Meat Sauce paired with Ruffino Chianti Classico

I make no claims to the authenticity of this as a classic Italian dish, but I will state with conviction that is it is delicious and tastes pretty Italian to me. The meat melts in your mouth and the polenta is creamy and rich. This is the kind of meal that is tailor made to be enjoyed with a glass of wine or four. Meat Sauce 3 lbs Beef back ribs 1 med onion (sliced) […]

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Hahn Estates Cabernet Franc 2006

When most people think about Cabernet Franc, if it even does cross their mind at all, they think about it as a grape to be blended, usually with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The reason for this is that it does bring a lot to the table when blended with its more muscular companions. As one of the parent grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon (along with Sauvignon Blanc), it brings naturally complimentary notes while enhancing some of […]

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Finally!

Massive wardrobe of cowboy clothes Top of my head to the tip of my toes Ah you look so good in my hat with fringe on it So put on my boots mmm doggone it – Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmy Vaughan, Good Texan In a previous life I worked as a stagehand for quite a few years. One time my best friend was working as the head electrician at a venue where Stevie Ray […]

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Date Night with Ravenswood Zinfandel

You might say that wine saved our relationship. I was in law school, which makes one’s disposition truly evil.  We lived in a tiny little rental house near campus.  We shared a 10×10 room as a home office. We hated each other’s music.  He’d play something loud or punk or both: The Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, The Ramones, Ministry.  And my response was usually, “That’s not very pretty.” I’d play something pop, usually Madonna. […]

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