2009 Blufeld Riesling Medium Sweet

2009 Blufeld Riesling Medium Sweet

2009 Blufeld

Did I have high expectations from a wine from an ornate bright blue bottle?  Not really.  Was I pleasantly surprised when I got a taste?  Yes. This inexpensive German Riesling offers juicy ripe apple and floral notes on the nose that got me excited to take a first sip.  In the mouth, it’s moderately sweet […]

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2010 Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier

2010 Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier

2010 Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier

Laurent Miquel produces Viognier exclusively and from sipping this affordable little number, I’d say he knows what he’s doing. On the nose, it’s hugely fragrant with lots of intense floral notes jumping out of the glass.  In the mouth, it continues on the floral path with ripe pear and peach flavors. Pairings:  Raw oysters or […]

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5 Valentine’s Day Sparkling Wines under $25

Are you planning a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at home or need a sparkling wine to bring to a local BYO?  Here are five sparkling wines under $25 to toast Valentine’s Day with: 2009 Jagdschloss Spatburgunder Brut Rose (Rheingau, Germany) – beautiful light pink in the glass with tons of tiny bubbles.  Aromas and flavors of […]

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BBQ Pulled Pork over Seared Scallops

BBQ Pulled Pork over Seared Scallops

BBQ Pulled Pork Over Seared Scallops

For my birthday, my mom gave me a copy of The Art of Living According to Joe Beef.  Joe Beef  is one of Montreal’s culinary gems and its book reads like a gastronomical novel – it’s just beautiful in content and images. One of the recipes I knew I had to immediately try is the BBQ […]

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2008 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

2008 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

2008 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon

Beautifully-made Napa Cabernet.  Deep purple in the glass, this wine displays a deep berry, very fragrant nose in the glass.  In the mouth, it’s rich and well-balanced with plummy qualities and traces of coffee and cocoa. Wish I could put a couple cases in my cellar to drink in 10 years. Pairings:  Grilled beef. Cheese […]

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Smashburger East Hanover, NJ – Morris County Lucks Out Again

Smashburger East Hanover, NJ – Morris County Lucks Out Again

New Jersey Smashburger

By now, if you’ve read my posts, you know I’m a huge fan of Smashburger (http://bit.ly/bOgEKa and http://bit.ly/ahbqNg).  I’m excited about the latest opening in northern New Jersey of the East Hanover location.  Here are three things to note about the newest outpost: First, the space is large and ideally located in the most prominent […]

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2005 Quinta da Gaivosa Lordelo Tinto Douro

2005 Quinta da Gaivosa Lordelo Tinto Douro

Douro Portugal

One super wine.  It’s big and bold yet refined.  Made from 100 year-old vines, this wine tastes of jammy sweet red fruit with deep earthy flavors and fine tannins. If you ever have the chance to sample this Portuguese wine from the Douro region, jump at it. Pairings:  Grilled beef or lamb.  Pasta with red […]

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Dessert Fizz

Dessert Fizz

Dessert Fizz

Impress a loved one this February with the Dessert Fizz cocktail, created by The Cocktail Guru himself, Jonathan Pogash. This sensual concoction blends Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate vodka with fresh ingredients and is topped with Champagne – the ultimate toast for the evening’s festivities! Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka 1 large strawberry, chopped […]

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Aunt Mary’s Caramels

Aunt Mary’s Caramels

Aunt Mary's Caramels

Everyone at work knows I am a food and wine blogger.  At Christmas time, Judie, who I work with, brought me a tin of handmade caramels that she told me were a family heirloom.  Her Aunt Mary’s caramel recipe is loved by everyone in her family, but Judie is the only one to carry on […]

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Easy and Elegant 4-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner

Easy and Elegant 4-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner

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Need some inspiration for a romantic meal this Valentine’s Day (or any old day)?  Here are four, simple-to-make dishes along with wine pairings that are sure to show your loved one(s) how much you care. Savory Cheese Tartlets with Blackberries paired with  La Marca Di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco ($12) Cream of Asparagus and Vermont Sharp […]

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