2011 Heritance Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

2011 Heritance Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

2011 Heritance Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

This Sauvignon Blanc and Roussanne blend offers bright citrus aromas typical of Sauvignon Blanc. The Roussanne rounds out the peach and tropical fruit flavors and softens the acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc. The finish is long and thoroughly enjoyable. Paired this with Kurobuta pork chops and it was delicious. Pairings: Chicken, pork, grilled fish Style: […]

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Getting to Know Smith Madrone Winery

Getting to Know Smith Madrone Winery

Smith Madrone Chardonnay

Smith-Madrone Winery is located in Napa Valley in the Spring Mountain District. The 200-acre estate has vineyards that sit at elevations up to 2,000 feet. Some of the vines are planted on slopes as steep as over 30 degrees. Two of the Smith-Madrone wines I recently had the opportunity to sample are the 2006 Cabernet […]

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2009 Trimbach Pinot Blanc

2009 Trimbach Pinot Blanc

2009 Trimbach Pinot Blanc

Love the slightly greenish color of this Alsatian wine. Also love the very floral aromas if offers. The 2009 Trimbach Pinot Blanc is rich with flavors of peach and ripe lemons. This French Pinot Blanc makes me crave seafood. Pairings: Fish, seafood, especially seared scallops Style: White Wine Grape Type(s): Pinot Blanc Region: Alsace, France […]

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Portuguese White Wines by Herdade do Esporão

Portuguese White Wines by Herdade do Esporão

White Wine

I uncorked these two wines at a recent dinner party where I served a seafood paella. The guests at the dinner were evenly split when it came to favoring one wine over the other. Both had enough body to stand up to the flavorful dish. 2011 Herdade do Esporão Monte Velho White ($9.99) – medium […]

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2011 Steelhead Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

2011 Steelhead Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

2011 Steelhead Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Nice example of California Sauvignon Blanc. Pale yellow in the glass with tropical fruit aromas and lemony-fresh, slightly honeyed flavors. Great acidity and citrus finish. Pairings: Fish, seafood, especially seared scallops Style: White Wine Grape Type(s): Sauvignon Blanc Region: North Coast, CA, USA Price: $12 This wine was provided to me for sampling and I […]

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Laura Secord Easter Cream Eggs

Laura Secord Easter Cream Eggs

Cream Egg

When I was a small kid growing up in eastern Quebec, a tradition in my family and many others was to get a Laura Secord Cream Egg for Easter. Laura Secord is Canada’s largest and best known chocolatier. The dark chocolate-coated egg with its white and yolk-yellow creamy center was a special treat. The pale […]

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2009 James Oatley Tic Tok Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

2009 James Oatley Tic Tok Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Tic Tok

I served this to guests as an aperitif last week and it was a nice rendition of Australian Sauvignon Blanc of this price range. Pale yellow in the glass with nice citrus and freshly cut grass aromas, the 2009 James Oatley Tic Tok Sauvignon Blanc Semillon has Meyer lemon and light honey flavors. Enjoyable crisp […]

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April Fool’s Food Nightmare

April Fool’s Food Nightmare

Kim and Chuck

As you all know, yesterday was April Fool’s Day, the day to play pranks on unsuspecting folks. I want to share how four of my so-called “friends” played a day-long, foodie nightmare prank on me yesterday. All four banded together to tag me on Facebook at restaurants I’d not frequent. Throughout the day, I was […]

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Northern New Jersey Wine Tasting Fundraiser – Save a Lab Rescue

Northern New Jersey Wine Tasting Fundraiser – Save a Lab Rescue

Labrador_Retriever

As I’ve written about before, I belong to the Northern NJ Wine MeetUp Group, a fun group of wine aficionados who gather most months to pay homage to the grape. I just received word of a really neat (and worthy) wine tasting fundraiser that I felt was important to share. Ten months, one of the […]

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Chocolate Éclair Squares

Chocolate Éclair Squares

Eclair Bars 2

Gooey éclair yumminess that you can eat with a fork!? Brilliant. Don’t feel like making pudding and whipped cream from scratch, no issues, just take a look at the “notes” section for shortcuts. Pudding Mixture Ingredients: 2 cups milk 1/2 cup white sugar 3 Tbsp. cornstarch 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 […]

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