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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Campo Viejo Offers a Chance to Win Trip to Spain

Campo Viejo Offers a Chance to Win Trip to Spain

photographer-shadow

Campo Viejo, the second largest Spanish wine brand in the U.S.*, is running a contest called Capture the Vibrancy. The contest lets shutterbugs upload photos that capture the vivacity of American cities. Folks are asked to submit a photo that best embodies the flavor of their city for the opportunity to win a five-day trip to Rioja, […]

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5 Affordable Easter Wines

5 Affordable Easter Wines

Easter

Easter’s less than a week away and for those who need to bring wine to a party or are hosting and still need to make a wine store run, here are five affordable wines that pair well with Easter dishes. 2010 Predator Old Vine Zinfandel ($12 – California) – Smoky, big and jammy deliciousness. Perfect […]

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Extreme Peanut Butter Cookies

Extreme Peanut Butter Cookies

Extreme Peanut Butter Cookies

My friend Kim was once again willing to share one of her tasty cookie recipes with me so I can loop all you peanut butter aficionados in on this simple recipe. Ingredients:  1 cup butter, softened 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar or ½ cup honey 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 2 ½ cups all-purpose […]

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5 Passover Kosher Wines

5 Passover Kosher Wines

Fusion

Today is Passover and for those of you who still need Kosher wine recommendations, here are 5 Passover Kosher wines that are readily available. 2008 Herzog Late Harvest Clarksburg Chenin Blanc ($20 – California) – This Kosher wine is a bit sweet on the palette with a long dry finish. 2009 Tabor Adama Cabernet Sauvignon […]

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