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Mar 10, 2017

Regional Spotlight: Rías Baixas, Spain

March 10th, 2017|1 Comment

by Sarah Shotwell

Rias Baixas_Region SpotlightRias Baixas (Lower Inlets) is home to the impressive Sendero Des Santos Albariño featured in our current TCM Wine Club shipment. On the southwestern coast of Galicia, Rias Baixas is a damp, cool winegrowing region just to the north of Portugal. Here, the coastline is made up of four different Rias: small, funnel-shaped coastal inlets that send ocean water inland, where it mingles [...]

Dec 30, 2016

Ring In The New Year With A Movie Musical Sing Along!

December 30th, 2016|0 Comments

by Paullette Gaudet

new-years-eve-sing-along_blogNew Year's Eve should be the easiest calendar holiday to celebrate: at the stroke of midnight, pop open some sparkling wine and kiss whoever's next to you. However, this basic ritual suffers from both brevity and awkward time placement, leaving celebrants with hours to fill before The Big Moment. Want to skip hanging out at an overpriced bar, or distant house party this year? Then [...]

Dec 22, 2016

Wine and Movie Pairing: Strangers on a Train (1951) with Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

by Sarah Shotwell

strangers-on-a-train_blogThis Christmas, take a break from your wonderful conveyor belt of holiday films, and indulge in a classy double murder, paired (appropriately) with two contrasting wines.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train is a pulse-jogging thriller narrating the story of two men who cross paths while traveling. Mid-Century heartthrob Farley Granger plays the unlucky protagonist, Guy Haines, a tennis star with a saucy, infuriating ex-wife bent [...]

Dec 20, 2016

National Sangria Day Is December 20th!

December 20th, 2016|0 Comments

by Paullette Gaudet

national-sangria-day_blogMaking the 20th of December National Sangria Day might not seem like the most intuitive choice, but in some respects we can't believe it didn't come sooner: this week of December is rife with holiday parties featuring huge crystal punchbowls, and Sangria makes for a great holiday punch, perfect as a make-ahead since marination is a big part of the final product's success. Introduced to [...]

Dec 15, 2016

New Winter Tradition: Yuletide Yosemite

December 15th, 2016|0 Comments

by Paullette Gaudet

yuletide-yosemite_blogIf December has come to mean just staying home (or travelling to someone else's home) for the holidays, consider switching things from ho-hum to full-on Winter Wonderland with a visit to Yosemite National Park when it's covered with snow, not tourists. Family summer road trips have become such a collective rite of passage that it's easy to forget our national parks are indeed open year-round: [...]

Dec 12, 2016

Regional Spotlight: California’s Central Coast

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

by Sarah Shotwell

regional-spotlight_central-coast_blogIn this season’s introductory case, we’ve included Ridgeridger Cellars Chardonnay from California’s Central Coast! The Central Coast is a large AVA (American Viticultural Area) spanning from Santa Barbara County all the way up through Santa Cruz (just south and west of the San Francisco Bay Area). The region encompasses many smaller AVAs with varied climates and soil types, including Santa Ynez, Paso Robles, [...]

Dec 5, 2016

Merry National Repeal Day!

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

by Paullette Gaudet

merry-national-repeal-day_blogIt's hard to believe now, but for thirteen dark years early in the 20th century, alcohol was outlawed in the United States when Congress passed the 18th Amendment on January 16th, 1919, in an effort to curb many of the social ills that were thought to stem from drunkenness. Unfortunately, the banning of alcohol did little to decrease the blights of either crime or poverty, [...]

Dec 1, 2016

Wine Region: Italy's Basilicata

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

by Paullette Gaudet

wine-region-italys-basilicata_blogItaly's Basilicata region is remote and virtually landlocked, but its volcanic soil--courtesy of extinct Mount Vulture--has provided it with one iconic wine (Aglianico del Vulture) and three DOCs. Settled by the Greeks in the 6th century B.C., it is believed they brought the Aglianico grape to the region and promptly began making wine. Following a historic period of strife, the region's economic prospects began to [...]

Nov 24, 2016

Wine Dining: Thanksgiving Movie Pairings

November 24th, 2016|0 Comments

by Paullette Gaudet

thanksgiving_2_blogThanksgiving  provides a yearly opportunity to gauge the healing progress of childhood slights (mmmm....not quite there yet), note the recession rate of relatives' hairlines, and openly enjoy a holiday movie marathon paired with wine. While at this time of year it often feels like some things never change, a decade-by decade breakdown of Thanksgiving-themed films proves otherwise:

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987):  Operating on several levels [...]

Nov 22, 2016

Fall-iday Feast: Potlucking in Style

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

by Sarah Shotwell

fall-iday-feast_blogFor many, Thanksgiving will start early with office potlucks and “Friendsgiving” gatherings. If you are potlucking with friends, coworkers, or family this season, push yourself beyond the standard jello salad and marshmallow yams, and try something one of these modern, easy, group-friendly dishes. These ideas, along with our delicious TCM wine pairings, will help you step up your potluck game in no time!

 

Appetizer: Cheesy Pearl [...]