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Bretonnière Muscadet Wine of the Week 1/28

This Week’s Wine of the Week, is the Domaine de la Bretonnière, Muscadet Sever & Maine, 2018. I am super excited to share the Bretonnière Muscadet as the wine of the week with you. Yes, of course this wine is delicious, but I wanted to focus on some information on the label before we go into what’s this week's wine of the week's bottle. Link to the video below. Producer:  Domaine de la BretonnièreMuscadet: is an appellation (not the...

The Wine Buzz in Collio, Italy

The wine buzz in Collio, Italy is their Collio Bianco! This iconic white blend is a heavenly offering of the region's soul. To drink Collio Bianco is to travel to its home. The wines smell like spring evenings perfumed with white flowers! They are as fresh as the cool mornings and as voluptuous as Collio’s warm midday air, seasoned with a touch of salt. Read more about the wine buzz in Collio, Italy Although I was familiar with the wines, this region...

Cocktail Hour: Barrell Bourbon

This week, we are cheating on wine and featuring one of our favorite cocktails made from barrell bourbon for cocktail hour. This cocktail was featured on Fox 5 DC. Check out the segment and see the recipe below. I am feeling a little blue and needed something to lift my spirits, so last night, I treated myself to cocktail hour with a "Barrell of Laughs" cocktail. I usually reserve this punch for large parties, but, oh well, I had a...

LARGE FORMAT WINE MAGNUM LAMBRUSCO GRUNER VELTLINER PART HOST

Wine Host with the Most: #MagnumMonday

Wine magnums. One surefire way to get your guests’ attention in the mélange of events which surround any kind of hosted occasion is to roll in with Magnum-sized wine bottles. Each bottle is 1.5L of gaze-inducing stamina, even if that occasion is a simple Monday night in with friends. This type of occasion is typically more frequent than lavish soirees anyway. And while 3L & 6L bottles seem to get all the glory for showstopper-level gawking, 1.5L is the more...

How To Incorporate Wine and Spirits Into Your New Lifestyle

Our readers and clients often ask, “How do I incorporate wine and spirits into my new lifestyle?” You’ll be happy to know that you have options! Many of the popular diets like keto, Weight Watchers and a vegan lifestyle allow for alcohol IN MODERATION. I was invited to talk about lifestyle changes and alcohol on WGN-TV's Midday Fix. If you’re trying to watch your waistline and are wondering how to exactly incorporate wine and spirits into your modified diet standards, here’s...

Wine of the Week: Alma de Vino~Old Vine Tempranillo 2014 1/15/2020

Wine of the Week: Alma de Vino~Old Vine Tempranillo 2014 Region: D.O. Ribera del Duero, Spain Price:  $36 This wine is gorgeous! If you like a big rich wine, give this a try. This 2014 has had some time to age and can age longer but is drinking great now. I recommend decanting. Look for a rich mouthfeel, deep earthy flavors, chocolate, spice and blackberries. Pairs with red meats, game, and a romantic evening for two. https://youtu.be/814floV0BfM Winemaker April Cullom shared a few notes with me: “Alma” means “soul”...

Wine of the Week: 2017 Chateau Rocher Calon 1/8/2020

Wine: 2017 Chateau Rocher Calon Montagne St. Emilion Region: St. Emilion Bordeaux, France Price: $20 Grapes: 95 % merlot 5% Cabernet Franc Taste: The wine has a velvety, plush mouthfeel, soft tannins with dark fruit, chocolate and herbal notes. Fun Story: One of my most memorable wine e experiences was when I tricked one of my I-Don’t-Drink-Fucking-Merlot Friends into drinking Merlot (mentioned in this video). I brought the wine of the week to her house, decanted (when should you decant wine? read this article). and...

How To Deal With A Wine Jerk

Know the Peanuts comic created by Charles M. Schulz? If you’re unfamiliar, the character Lucy plays a running gag on Charlie Brown throughout the years of the comic’s existence. Charlie Brown revs up to run and kick the ball, then Lucy pulls the football away before he can kick it. The wine jerk is Lucy. Someone can be a wine novice or an expert just the same but a Lucy comes along to snatch the hope in every Charlie Brown. It can...

Festive Bubbles — From Budget to Baller

Let’s talk wine inclusion. You all know that I love Champagne. As we near the close of one year and move into the excitement of the next, this is also the season where those of us in the wine industry commonly make a list of our Champagne recommendations for New Year’s Eve. As I was preparing my list to share with you, I thought to myself, “who are you fooling? If you were not in the industry, what is the likelihood you'd...

Holiday Wine and Bites Party

At this point in the holiday season you’ve probably attended one or two holiday wine and bites party. Be strong, there are a few days left, and at least three more parties to go! We’ve planned some memorable wine tasting events this season. One of my favorites was a Holiday Wine and Bites Party I co-hosted with Heartfelt Catering. Instead of a traditional menu, Chef Cecelia Hamilton created small bites which I paired some unique wines. This party was so...