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  • Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – Tart, Simple and Delicious
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    A $5 favorite from Trader Joe’s, the Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. There’s no information given from Trader Joe’s but this is a DOC wine so according to the rules for Montepulciano d’Abruzzo it must be at least 85% Montepulciano and up to 15% Sangiovese from Abruzzo, Italy. The wine must…
  • Easy Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad Recipe
    This Easy Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad Recipe will rival any store-bought macaroni salad!  Last winter when we Smoked Cornish Game Hens, (see the recipe-> here) I decided to play with making my first Macaroni Salad and opted to start with a Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad as my first one.  (I…
  • Cork Talk with Piccione Vineyards
    Our third episode of Cork Talk brings us to Piccione Vineyards. We chat with Bill and Hailey about why Bill decided to start a vineyard here in North Carolina, how he caught the wine bug, and how Hailey has made her way through the industry and joined the Piccione team.…
  • Easy Grandma’s Potato Salad
    When I was a kid, I wouldn’t touch Grandma’s Potato Salad!! However, the last couple of trips we took in high school to see family, while stationed a couple of states away, I started to try it and found it wasn’t that bad.  Funny, how as kids, we think we…
  • Left Coast Cellars Cali’s Cuvee Pinot Noir – Smooth and Juicy
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    Fabulous and affordable Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, the Left Coast Cellars Cali’s Cuvee. 100% Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon. The wine was aged for 9 months in French oak — 10% new and 90% in 2, 3, and 4 year old barrels. Sample submitted for review. The…
  • #DrinkLocal at Whole Foods Market -- Well sort of
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    This weekend we visited our local Whole Foods Market Brew & Brau Pub intending to try the Big Poppa Biggie S'mores Imperial Stout produced by Charlottesville's Three Notch'd Brewing Company. Unfortunately, their tap system had failed, so it was time for wine. Examining the wine list, I noticed several possible local wines…
  • La Ferme Julien Rosé – Everyday Rosé
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    At only $6 this Trader Joe’s exclusive is the real deal, the La Ferme Julien Rosé. A rosé blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah from France. The wine is made in the Saignée method where pink juice from the early stages of red wine fermentation is bled off and vinified…
  • Touring Italy – Our 5 Best Italian Road Trips
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    We love road trips and we love Italy so it makes sense to put the two together and come up with our 5 best Italian road trips. If your impression of Italian driving is from the ‘Italian Job‘, don’t worry, driving in Italy isn’t that bad. Once you get out…
  • A Conversation with Weston Eidson: A Family’s Journey from British Royalty to Wine Making
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    Sitting down with Weston Eidson, founder of Silver Ghost Cellars and Montagu Wines, is a fascinating tale of the intersection of his family’s history in the early automobile industry, their tie into British royalty and how he kept that legacy alive in his vineyards. Silver Ghost Cellars was named for…
  • Wine and Dine: HESS Collection 2016 Panthera Chardonnay and White Cheese Chicken Lasagna
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    Searching for a sure-to-please recipe and wine pairing? Perfect for your next gathering at home with family and friends, a pot-luck supper at your neighbor’s house or for any reason at all, I’ve found it! This mouthwatering recipe for White Cheese Chicken Lasagna (click here for recipe or see below)…
  • The Best Wines at Costco
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    Click to read the list! The post The Best Wines at Costco appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
  • Tips for Decluttering Any Room This Spring
    These Tips for Decluttering Any Room This Spring are perfect for getting your spring cleaning off on the right start. There is something about starting out a new season like spring with a clean and organized house. While cleaning can be a pain the end result is worth the effort.…
  • Budweiser Budvar Brewery vs Anheiser-Busch
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    Who's familiar with the famous Budweiser trademark dispute between Czech brewery Budweiser Budvar and Anheiser-Busch InBev? In 1907 Budvar and Anheiser-Busch agreed that Budvar could use the name Budweiser in Europe (the can) but that A-B could use the name in North America. Since then there have been over 100…
  • Exitus Bourbon Barrel Red Blend – Big and Bold
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    Overflowing with flavor, the bourbon barrel aged Exitus Red. A blend of Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot from California. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then aged for 3 months in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. It contains 5.5 g/L of residual sugar. Sample submitted for…
  • Funfetti Cake Batter Cookies!!
    These Funfetti Cake Batter Cookies are a family favorite!! I personally love how easy to make plus they are fairly frugal. We are always picking up cake mixes when they are on sale during the holiday season, can you believe that is right around the corner?  I use them all year to…
  • Stella Moscato – A Sweetie From Sicily
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    A crowd-pleasing Moscato that will satisfy a wide range of palates, the Stella Moscato Sicilia IGT. 100% Moscato from the Salemi vineyard at 1,485 feet of elevation in southwestern Sicily, Italy. The wine is aged in stainless steel and has 68 g/L of residual sugar. Sample submitted for review. The…
  • 4 Of Liverpool’s Coolest Cultural Hotspots
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    Liverpool is a city almost marred by its own illustrious history, most notably the seminal rise of four mop-topped lads known as the Beatles.   The Beatles showed up regularly at the famous The Cavern Club, the hippest spot in Liverpool, and perform then-unknown songs like Money Can’t Buy Me…
  • 5 Ways to Keep in Touch While Travelling
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    No matter how much you love travelling, you’ll have experienced the heart-wrenching feeling of homesickness at some point or another. Whether you’ve found yourself wishing you were back at home after a tough day, feeling… The post 5 Ways to Keep in Touch While Travelling appeared first on The Rare…
  • Cigar Old Vine Zinfandel – Big, Sweet and Tasty
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    A vanilla and chocolate soaked berry explosion, the Cosentino Winery Cigar Old Vine Zinfandel from Lodi. 88% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Sirah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot from Lodi, California. The wine was aged for 8 months, partially in French oak. It has 4.7 g/L of residual sugar. Sample…
  • Explore #WeAreMarylandWine During Maryland Wine Month
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    The Maryland Wineries Association has designated March as Maryland Wine Month and to follow the action they are promoting the #WeAreMarylandWine (in addition to #MDWine #MDWineTrails & #MDWineMonth) tag on all social media platforms. There are also numerous events and activities scheduled at various wineries and retailers across the state…
  • 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies
    These 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies are the perfect Weight Watchers dessert or Weight Watchers brownie!! I know I personally am obsessed with sweets and love that the I am able to still have sweets on the Weight Watchers Freestyle plane! Now, I found these 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies in a Facebook…
  • Riebeek Cellars Chenin Blanc – Perfectly Quaffable
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    A highly refreshing South African white wine, the Riebeek Cellars Chenin Blanc. 100% Chenin Blanc from up to 45 year old vines in Swartland, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa. The wine does not spend any time in oak. Sample submitted for review. The Riebeek Cellars Chenin Blanc has an…
  • Welcome Spring with Flavorful Whites and Lighter Red Wines
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    Now that many of us long-suffering folk can see beyond the “Endless Winter”, we’re changing our food and wine choices to reflect a heightened anticipation of Spring. I’m starting to say “farewell” to those hearty soups and heavy pasta dishes and “oh, yeah!” to dishes including fresh seafood, the bounty…
  • Instant Pot Egg Bites AKA Copy Cat Starbucks Eggs
    These Instant Pot Egg Bites are perfect for anyone on the WW plan!  Especially since eggs are zero points on the Weight Watchers Freestyle Smartpoints program.  I have to be truthful it can get boring eating eggs the same way every day. !! However, it does get boring eating them…
  • People’s Wine Revolution Bea’s Knees Petite Sirah – Power to the Petite!
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    Our next Insider Deal offers big-time taste at an everyday price, the PWR People’s Wine Revolution Bea’s Knees Petite Sirah. 100% Petite Sirah from the Oberti Vineyard in the Suisun Valley, California. The wine spends 20 months in neutral barrels. Only 283 cases of this beauty were produced. Sample submitted…
  • Torre Castillo Jumilla Alegre – Fantastic For $10
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    Marvelous Monastrell from the Spanish region of Jumilla, the Torre Castillo Jumilla Alegre. 100% Monastrell (aka Mourvedre) from Jumilla, Spain. The wine spends 4 months in new American oak barrels. Sample submitted for review. The Torre Castillo Jumilla Alegre from Bodegas Torre Castillo has an SRP of $13 and is…
  • What Is Your Best Drive In The UK?
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    For many of us, the day to day driving on the congested roads of the UK’s towns and cities is not something we enjoy. However, there are still places around the country where you can forget the drudgery of a Monday morning commute and can still actually enjoy the driving…
  • Sample Review: Wines Where I Wish I Didn’t Follow the Golden Rule
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    It’s time for my quarterly sample posting and following tradition, there are several wines that merit a separate column prior to the larger post.  These are the wines that I shared with friends and neighbors where I found myself wishing I had used a Coravin or perhaps allocated an extra…
  • At the Brasserie: Domaine de la Noblaie “Pierre de Tuf” 2014 with Chanterelle Mushroom & Herb Omelet
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    Timeless. This is just one of the words I use to describe the traditional French brasserie that has enticed so many to enter its rooms or choose a seat at a sidewalk table. The worn woodwork, the iconic brass fixtures, the elegant stained glass, the chandeliers and the garcon de…
  • Puerto Rican Empanadas | Eat Like a Local
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    After a short break, Eat Like a Local is back with a recipe for Puerto Rican empanadas from solo female travel blogger and lawyer, Jen Ruiz, of Jen on a Jet Plane. Named after the… The post Puerto Rican Empanadas | Eat Like a Local appeared first on The Rare…