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Braised Chicken Thighs with Herbed Cream Sauce

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 [...]

May 1st, 2017|0 Comments

New Genre Alert: Income Tax Movies!

by Paullette Gaudet

Income Tax Movies_Blog

Tax Time is here, and so is the itch to procrastinate: what's a law-abiding movie buff to do?? This situation does indeed have a loophole: the Income Tax Movie! As early as the 1930's, a surprising number of films feature the IRS in a leading role. Watch one (with that wine you were going to drink today anyway), and it's almost like doing [...]

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb: A Cozy March Recipe for the Last Days of Winter

by Sarah Shotwell

In like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb_blogThis March, TCM is celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a series of films set in Ireland. As the last of the year’s wild weather batters the country, get cozy at home with an Irish-inspired TCM film like The Quiet Man (1952) or The Informer (1935) and a glass of bold red wine from your TCM shipment! Want [...]

March 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Raising Our Glass to Robert Osborne: 1932 - 2017

by Sarah Shotwell

Robert Osborne_blogIt has been a week and a half since we said goodbye to TCM Icon Robert Osborne. Since March 6th, it has been truly heartwarming to watch the world process this tragic and deeply felt loss, as writers, actors, producers, and fans have come forward to share their memories of this remarkable man.

Robert was originally from Washington, where he studied journalism. When [...]

March 17th, 2017|2 Comments

Regional Spotlight: Rías Baixas, Spain

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 [...]

March 10th, 2017|1 Comment

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

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 [...]

December 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

National Sangria Day Is December 20th!

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 [...]

December 20th, 2016|0 Comments

New Winter Tradition: Yuletide Yosemite

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: [...]

December 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Regional Spotlight: California’s Central Coast

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, [...]

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments