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The Best Summer Sips: Perfect for Your July 4th BBQ Party

White 2013 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc by Kim Crawford Wines Location: New Zealand, Marlborough Price: $18 Pairs well with: Grilled shrimp tacos with fresh cilantro, shredded cabbage, pepper jack cheese, and pico de gallo salsa; or lobster kabobs with pear tomatoes and portobello mushrooms, served with a lobster tamarind sauce. Why it’s delicious: New Zealand… Read more

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Say ‘Oui’ to French Wines – Part 2

In March we reviewed some underappreciated wine regions of France (find that blog post here), now let’s touch on two of the most popular French regions favored by international wine collectors and enthusiasts. Few would argue that the landscape of fine wine has undergone vast changes over the past few decades with the entry of… Read more

Cooking/Recipes

Arugula Basil Pesto

Arugula Basil Pesto is my go-to for things to keep on hand in the freezer. It only takes 5 minutes to prepare and freezes perfectly in ice cube trays for individual portions. This is ideal for those nights I don’t have the energy to prepare something for myself. This sauce is so versatile. Put a… Read more

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Say ‘Oui’ to French Wines

Let’s visit two underrated French regions and a few seemingly forgotten, but readily available wine selections. Even the least “wine savvy” enthusiast recognizes the basic wine options that are available when visiting his or her favorite restaurant or social venue. Cabernets, Chardonnays, and Sauvignon Blancs pack the eating establishment wine lists and daily chalk boards… Read more

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Out of the Box Kitchen Customization

Customize your kitchen with U-Line’s 36″ Custom Models. The 36” Custom Flange Kit allows for the creation of a personalized configuration of two 18” units, and installs seamlessly. The U-Line Custom Ice Flange Kit makes it possible to add a Modular 3000 Series 18” Clear Ice Machine to another 18” model for a customized 36”… Read more

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Top 3 Wines for the Holidays – The Best Sparkling, White, and Red Wines

Sparkling Teixidor Cava Brut NV Imported by Freixenet USA Location: Spain, Sant Sadurni D’Anoia Price: $16.95 Pairs well with: A special holiday breakfast: poached eggs with parmesan & smoked salmon toast. For dinner: roast pork tenderloin with apricot glaze, potato gratin, and butter sautéed brussel sprouts. Why it’s delicious: Cava is Spain’s answer to champagne…. Read more

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Holiday Wine Guide – Get the Most Out of Your Wines this Holiday Season

With the holiday season just around the corner, the time is appropriate to review and refresh our basic wine knowledge for common wine/food pairings and tastings. As many will agree, a well-chosen bottle of wine matched with a festive occasion is often an unbeatable combination. Whether you decide to share an inexpensive bottle of California… Read more

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Tasting and Collecting Fine Wines

Whether or not you categorize “collecting” as obsessive behavior or merely a childlike enthusiasm, the past time, in all likelihood is here to stay. In my mind however, one type of collector that stands apart from the rest, is the elusive “wine collector”. No other pursuit, with the exception of fine art collecting, can unleash… Read more