1998 Turley Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Acres

1998 Turley Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Acres

1998 Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Acres

Only 275 cases of this California Petite Syrah were made, so don’t be surprised to find that it’s nearly impossible to buy at your local store or online. I was fortunate enough to sample this rich, deep wine at a recent dinner. In the glass, it’s dark and leggy. The aromas are of dark fruit […]

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2010 Fulcrum Wines Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

2010 Fulcrum Wines Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

2010 Fulcrum Wines Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir

I sampled this delicious Pinot Noir at the New York Wine Expo and think it might just be the best wine I tried there. In the glass, it’s dark and purple-hued. On the nose, it’s fabulous – earthy, mushroomy, black cherry. In the mouth, there are ripe cherry, blackberry, chocolate flavors with a rich, velvety […]

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2010 Predator Old Vine Zinfandel

2010 Predator Old Vine Zinfandel

2011 Rutherford Wine Company Predator

I sampled this wine at the New York Wine Expo last week and the first sniff of this Old Vine Zinfandel screamed – BACON! Simply a delicious Zin with all a Zin should be – big, bold, chewy, peppery, licorice-laced and in this case, smoky. At this price point and from a solid winery like […]

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Cookie Brownies

I’ve been seeing a few cookie brownies recipes popping up on Pinterest and decided to use my Ghirardelli Dark Fudgy Brownies and my Crispy Chewy Triple Chip Cookies to make my own creation. Ingredients: Ghirardelli Dark Fudgy Brownies Crispy Chewy Triple Chip Cookies Directions: Make the brownie batter according to the recipe then pour the […]

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2009 Esporao Reserva Red

2009 Esporao Reserva Red

Esporao-Reserva-Red-2009

Enjoyed this wine at the New York Wine Expo. Nose offers dark cherries, ripe berries and pumpkin pie spice. This easy-drinking wine has juicy berry and some stone fruit flavors and a rich, slightly tannic finish. Pairings: Grilled meat, roasted mushrooms. Style: Red Wine Grape Type(s): Tempranillo, Tinto Fino, Tinta Roriz, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet […]

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30-Minute Chicken Tortilla Soup

30-Minute Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

My guy loves chicken tortilla soup and orders it anytime it’s on the menu at a restaurant. Me, I love the tangy lime and cilantro flavors of this soup but not the quick-to-turn-limp tortillas floating in the soup. Compromise – tortilla chips served on the side that can be added to the soup…or not. I’ve […]

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New York Wine Expo 2013

New York Wine Expo 2013

Crowd

Last night, I attended the New York Wine Expo, an event featuring over 600 wines by 150+ producers. Most of the wines were served at tables grouped together by country, which made it simple to maneuver. I’ll admit that I sampled a lot of wines. Some were great, some nice and some I’ll be okay […]

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Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

I love a richly-chocolaty cake. This cake doesn’t have fancy frosting or 3 cake layers, it’s simply dense, moist chocolate decadence. Yeah, I know I’m calling it “flourless” when it has a tablespoon of flour in it – what can I say? Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. butter, softened 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder 3 large eggs, separated […]

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2010 Goose Island Beer Co. Sofie

2010 Goose Island Beer Co. Sofie

Photo by Goose Island Beer Co.

I enjoy beer as much as wine. There, I’ve said it. I’m Canadian, it’s in my blood. Having said that, this is the first beer I’ve felt the urgency to formally review. It’s likely my favorite beer of 2012. I love Goose Island beers and what first attracted me to Sofie is that it’s boasted […]

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Madeleine Cookies

Madeleine Cookies

Madeleine

At work, it’s sort of customary for me to bring treats for the guys in the warehouse during the last few days of the month as they work exhaustively to get all the last minute orders out. This past month, Kayla, who works on my team, made scrumptious Madeleines as she’s recently gotten a Madeleine […]

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