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  • Leaf Plucker Sauvignon Blanc – Impressive
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    Far from your average, boring, under $10 supermarket wine, the Aldi Leaf Plucker Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa. Sauvignon Blanc from Western Cape, South Africa. The wine is fermented on the skins and a portion is also fermented in French oak barrels, neither of which is typical for Sauvignon Blanc…
  • Smoked Turkey Chili Recipe
    This Smoked Turkey Chili Recipe is the perfect way to use up any leftover turkey from holiday dinners.  Some basic dinners are always a go-to but sometimes it’s nice to find a new way to spice up those boring leftover meals.  Now every year when turkeys go on sale for…
  • Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni – A Pleasure
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    ​Looking for relief from the same everyday, boring wines? A Super Tuscan to the rescue! The distinctively Italian Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni Toscana red wine. Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese from the Castiglioni Estate in Montespertoli, Tuscany, Italy. The wine is…
  • Berkeley Suites, Bristol Apartments: Home or Hotel?
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    Sinking deeper and deeper into my chair, I circle my ankles and stretch my feet in pleasure after traipsing around Bristol on-foot all day. ‘Drink Me’, says the Alice in Wonderland-esque label on the decanter… The post Berkeley Suites, Bristol Apartments: Home or Hotel? appeared first on The Rare Welsh…
  • Berryessa Gap – A Story of Heritage from Rootstock to Bottle
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    With farming roots from those in both Spain and Germany, the connection of Berryessa Gap to the terroir in Winters, California located in Yolo County runs deep. In order for a group of wine writers to learn the story of this winery and taste a few wines produced (sent as…
  • Cork Talk with Raffaldini Vineyards
    This episode we chat with Jay Raffaldini from Raffaldini Vineyards. We discuss how Jay discovered his property and has put a lot of effort into bringing a bit of Chianti to North Carolina. Jay wants his visitors to relax and enjoy what he calls the exhale moment because as he…
  • Taking A Break In Exeter, England
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    Exeter is a great place to visit for a city-brea or even for a longer holiday. There’s plenty to do in the city itself, and venture a little further afield and you’ll find moors, beaches and plenty of hiking trails to explore.  Getting There Devon’s capital is just off the…
  • La Vieille Ferme Rosé – Fresh, Easy and Cheap
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    Value never tasted so good, the La Vieille Ferme Rosé available in bottle or box. A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah from France. This rosé is produced using the Saignée method where juice from the early stages of red wine fermentation is bled off. The wine is vinified in…
  • Tio Pepe Palomino Fino Jerez Xeres Sherry
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    "There can't be a more misunderstood type of wine than Sherry." The Misunderstood Genius that is Fino Sherry  - De Long BlogFino ("refined") is a dry, pale white sherry wine produced within the D.O. Jerez located in south-western Spain, near the coast and just northeast of Gibraltar. The Jerez DO…
  • From Field To Plate – The Life Of Oven Chips
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    Do you enjoy the convenience of eating oven chips, or do you prefer to pop down the chippy or prepare your own chips ‘from scratch?’ According to the National Food Survey, chip sales tripled in… The post From Field To Plate – The Life Of Oven Chips appeared first on…
  • Chantal Proprietor’s Reserve Trio – Bordeaux Style from the Great Lakes
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    From Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan comes a Merlot and Cab Franc blend guaranteed to be the talk of your blind tasting, the Chateau Chantal Proprietor’s Reserve Trio. 61% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc and 1% Pinot Noir from Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan. The wine is aged in oak for an unspecified…
  • Ways To Camp On A Budget
    I love to find  Ways To Camp On A Budget!! As basic as camping can be the costs really can add up.   It can cost $20 to $30 each night just to stay each night at a typical private campground even with just a tent.   That’s about the cheapest you…
  • Orange Creamsicle Protein Shake Recipe *3 WW Smartpoints*
    I love finding new ways to get in protein, this Orange Creamsicle Protein Shake Recipe is the perfect treat for this warmer weather right now! Premier protein is one of my favorites for staying on track with WW. This shake tastes like ice cream but works out to only 3…
  • Bellula Chardonnay – Commendable
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    Crowd pleasing unoaked Chardonnay from the Languedoc, the Bellula Chardonnay. 100% Chardonnay from around Beziers in the center of the Languedoc region in France. The wine is aged for 7 months in stainless steel tanks. Sample submitted for review. The Bellula Chardonnay IGP Pays d’Oc has an SRP of $15…
  • Colomé Estate Malbec – A Marvelous Meaty Malbec
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    Get thee to Costco for this one! The Colomé Estate Malbec from high altitude vineyards in Salta. 100% Malbec from high altitude vineyards in the Upper Calchaqui Valley, Salta, Argentina. The wine spends 15 months in French oak barrels and another 6 months in bottle before release. Sample submitted for…
  • The Wines of Gérard Bertrand: Expect Joie de Vivre with Every Sip
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    The French use the term “joie de vivre” to indicate “a cheerful enjoyment of life or an exultation of spirit” through eating, drinking, conversation or just about anything that helps lift the soul and create joy. If you’re a winelover, you know exactly what this means and if your philosophy…
  • Crock Pot Ranch Chicken Only Four Ingredients
    There is no joking about this, you need this Crock Pot Ranch Chicken in your meal planning arsenal!  With only four ingredients and so easy to make since there are no steps to it! This is one of those recipes I make year round busy soccer nights, school nights, and…
  • The Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin: Enjoy Neat or with Tio Pepe Sherry
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    Most gin brands differentiate their products by the amount of juniper or other botanicals used in the process.  In general, the grain bill has less impact on the spirits as the botanicals drive the flavor.  This differentiation is definitely the case with the Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin ($35) as it consists of…
  • 5 Unusual Foods to Add to Your Garden Party Menu
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    With summer fast approaching and Britain enjoying unusually warm spring sunshine, you’re probably already dreaming about all the garden parties you’ll be holding this summer. Before you even start thinking about your garden party menu,… The post 5 Unusual Foods to Add to Your Garden Party Menu appeared first on…
  • Adventure Series Chianti – Surprisingly Competent Stuff
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    Authentic Chianti character for just $5.49 courtesy of Aldi, the Adventure Series Chianti DOCG. Primarily Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy. The Adventure Series Chianti is available exclusively at Aldi and sells for just $5.49. It is imported by Prestige Wine & Spirits Group. From the bottle: Named after the Chianti region…
  • Natural Wine: Unfiltered, Untamed and Unphotoshopped … And Completely Fabulous
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    There has been a lot said about the differences between natural wine and conventionally made wine. A google search of natural wine yields 1,640,000,000 results and several “opportunities” of multi-level marketing companies you can “join” to acquire several of these wines (guys, you have other options).  Wine Folly has a great description…
  • Route 66 – Pre Trip Planning ‘Getting Ready For The Mother Road’
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    Route 66 is the iconic American road trip, the 2448 mile drive passes through 3 time zones and 8 states from the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago to the beaches of Santa Monica, California. Planning the drive is not as easy as just sticking it into Google Maps as…
  • How To Prevent Dog Travel Anxiety
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    Traveling with a dog can cause anxiety, stress and motion sickness for your pet. Whether you are traveling by car or plane a dog does not fully comprehend or understand what is happening or where they are going. In the worst case, the dog might think they are going to…
  • Pasqua Romeo & Juliet Passione Sentimento – A Love Story
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    Breaking all the rules in the name of making delicious wine, the Pasqua Romeo & Juliet Passione Sentimento Bianco and Rosso. Today we’ve got quite a pair of unique wines from Famiglia Pasqua. We were first introduced to these when we visited Pasqua last fall on a trip to the…
  • Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Chenin Blanc Viognier – A Pine Ridge Copycat
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    A pretty good knock-off of the extremely popular Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier, the Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Chenin Blanc Viognier. A blend of of Chenin Blanc and Viognier from California. The Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Chenin Blanc Viognier is available exclusively at Trader Joe’s and sells for just $7.99.…
  • Deep Roots Sustain the Legacy at Hearst Ranch Winery
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    Ready to visit the Central Coast of California? Anytime is a perfect time! I was fortunate to schedule a trip to Paso Robles in the spring of this year to visit friends and family, sample the offerings of new-to-me restaurants and indulge in a bit of wine tasting (of course!).…
  • 12 Things to Add to Your Beach Packing List
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    In just under three weeks from now, I’ll be sunning myself on a beach in Grenada, sipping on rum punch as I watch the glistening emerald sea hug the white sand shores. As I’m hoping… The post 12 Things to Add to Your Beach Packing List appeared first on The…
  • Lucas & Lewellen Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – Cabalicious!
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    Napa Valley’s got nothing on this deliciously oaked Estate Cab, the Lucas & Lewellen Valley View Cabernet Sauvignon. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.5% Petit Verdot, 7.5% Malbec, 5% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc from the Valley View Estate Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, California. The wine is aged for 21…
  • Harpers Ferry Brewing - Overlooking the Potomac and Maryland Heights
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    On September 13th, 1862 Confederate units under Brig. Gens. Joseph B. Kershaw assaulted the lightly defended Maryland Heights, the highest mountain overlooking the strategic transportation hub of Harpers Ferry. This town was strategically significant because it was built at the point where the Shenandoah River meets the Potomac River with…
  • For the Love of Lodi: A Region All About Multi-Generational Farming, Winemaking and Families
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    Dan Panella,  Oak Farm Vineyards, Rodney Schatz of Peltier Winery and Vineyards and Sue Tipton of Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards  Lodi is the self-proclaimed Zinfandel capital of the world, producing more than 32 percent of California’s premium Zinfandel.  It is known for diversity – there is a greater variety of…