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Croquet Garden Party

by Paullette Gaudet

Croquet_blogThwack! Croquet, that suburban yard game of sticks-and-wickets, is enjoying an adult resurgence, and not a moment too soon: nothing says summer like a freshly mown lawn, which is croquet's best playing field. It is believed that croquet originated in 14th century France, where peasants whacked balls through bent willow branches. In 1852 the game arrived in England via Ireland, where "crooky" had been played [...]

July 26th, 2017|1 Comment

Patio Pairings: 4 Exotic, European Whites for Summer Dining

by Sarah Shotwell  

Patio Pairings_blogVermentino: Vermentino is a white wine grown primarily on the Mediterranean, especially in Sardinia — a rugged, old-world island off the coast of southern Italy, where it is produced in a light, unoaked style. Dubbed “the most underrated wine in Europe,” Vermentino can often be found at a stunning value. If you can get your hands on a Sardinian Vermentino this summer, pair [...]

July 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Portugal's Tejo Wine Region

by Paullette Gaudet

Portugal's Tejo Wine Region_blogPortugal has been quietly producing a wide range of vibrant and affordable wines for several years now, most hailing from the central, landlocked wine region of Tejo. Formerly (until 2009) known as Ribatejo, the region's new name honors the Tejo river—the longest on the Iberian peninsula—which defines the local terroir and provides natural irrigation to vines planted near its banks. Not far [...]

July 7th, 2017|0 Comments