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Jul 14, 2017

Patio Pairings: 4 Exotic, European Whites for Summer Dining

July 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Jul 7, 2017

Portugal's Tejo Wine Region

July 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Jun 27, 2017

Wine Region: Delle Venezie

June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

by Paullette Gaudet

Delle Venezie_blogItaly is traditionally known for stellar reds, but this exceptional country also boasts a claim to fame for outstanding white wines: Delle Venezie, located in the large, north-east zone of Italy that is demarcated Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT), forms the mammoth core of Italy's Pinot Grigio production. Flat river valleys, coastal plains, and Alpine foothills distinguish this region's cool climate, which produces delicate, fresh [...]

Jun 20, 2017

June Hosts National Gardening Week!

June 20th, 2017|0 Comments

by Paullette Gaudet

National Gardening Week_blogNational Gardening Week spans the first full week of June, and celebrates the many bucolic pleasures of this popular American hobby. The tending and enjoyment of one's garden (perhaps for the first time this year!) may be the week's primary focus, but the education of curious newbies is also encouraged: the National Garden Club promotes organized gardening events and activities during this holiday [...]

May 26, 2017

TCM Start of the Month: Clark Gable

May 26th, 2017|0 Comments

by Sarah Shotwell

Clark Gable_blog“You know, nights when you and the moon and the water all become one? You feel you're part of something big and marvelous. That’s the only place to live... where the stars are so close over your head you feel you could reach up and stir them around.
Clark Gable as Peter Warne, It Happened One Night (1934)

 

This May, we are celebrating Clark Gable [...]

May 24, 2017

Happy International Chardonnay Day!

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

by Paullette Gaudet

Chardonnay Day_blogInternational Chardonnay Day traditionally falls on the Thursday before Memorial Day (May 25th, this year), but there's nothing "traditional" about this stalwart summer staple when it comes to flavor: crisp and fruity unoaked versions are beginning to win over the pinot grigio crowd, while the familiar buttery-cream oaked ambrosia is still in high demand.

Where has this greener, fruit-forward, and unoaked version of chardonnay been [...]

May 15, 2017

Mother's Day Montepulciano!

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

by Paullette Gaudet

MothersDayMother's Day doesn't actually require starched shirts, roses, and mimosas: it's just somehow ended up skewing formal, when it's really a celebration of the casual, everyday joys of togetherness that mark the best times of our lives. Since a lot of those times likely involved gathering round the television, this year consider sharing a laid back afternoon of great family movies and fine red wine [...]

May 5, 2017

International Sauvignon Blanc Day

May 5th, 2017|0 Comments

by Paullette Gaudet

Intl Suav Blanc Day_blogThe first week of May has no shortage of established celebration days: May Day is May the 1st, Star Wars Day is May the 4th (Be With You), but the first Friday of May–which this year falls on May the 5th—is International Sauvignon Blanc Day, a fine official opportunity indeed to both savor and honor this crisp, herbaceous varietal. Originally thought to [...]

May 1, 2017

TCM Date Night! Movie, Wine & Dinner

May 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Tonight we are featuring the perfect TCM Wine Club Date Night! Join us today, May 1st at 11:15pm ET. 

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The Movie: The Earrings of Madame De
The Wine: Chemins de Casel Chardonnay 201
The Recipe: Braised Chicken Thighs with Herbed Cream Sauce

The Earrings of Madame De: 

When a woman sells her earrings to pay a gambling debt, it [...]

May 1, 2017

Braised Chicken Thighs with Herbed Cream Sauce

May 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Recipe by Chef Sarah Sparks

Braised Chicken Thighs with Herbed Cream Sauce and Chemins de Casel Chardonnay 

Braised Chicken_blog2 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1 medium yellow onion, medium julienne
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/2 cup Chemins de Casel Chardonnay
2 cups chicken stock
4 sprigs rosemary
4 sprigs thyme, plus extra for garnish
1/2 cup heavy cream

Preparation

1. Preheat [...]