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So far Spencer Brewer has created 15 blog entries.

Super Bowl Wines

by Paullette Gaudet

Superbowl_235x235The Super Bowl is second only to Thanksgiving in the category of Favorite Non-Denominational Food-Based Holidays in these here United States, and besides—who doesn’t need an excuse for a binge-eat with friends come early chilly February?? Wine drinkers have long been the vegans at the BBQ when it comes to Super Bowl parties, which usually feature beer as the sole alcoholic beverage—after all, don’t [...]

February 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Nana Esther's Killer Beef Jerky

by Lena Pearl Hall
For every birthday and some holidays, Nana Esther whipped up this killer Beef Jerky recipe that had the whole family turn to a life of crime. They would steal from each other, lie who did or did not take more than the other, perjure one another and generally lower their collective IQ's. This recipe usually lasts several weeks, but for those jerky crazed folks in the family, it rarely lasted a few days.  Hoarding and sneaking is encouraged.

You will need a dehydrator or know how to use your oven as a dehydrator. If you have a dehydrator, turn it all the way up. If indeed you will use your oven, put it on 120º to 150º and prop ¾’s of a wine cork between the door and the body of the oven. Voila', a dehydrator.

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November 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Grape Stuffed Game Hens, Pigeons or Chicken

Grape Stuffed Game Hens, Pigeons or Chicken

by Lena Pearl Hall
HenOnce you make this incredibly simple recipe, your friends will toast each other for being so lucky as to be your friend. This is an old country Italian recipe for common game fowl.

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October 21st, 2015|2 Comments

300 Year Old Majorcan Chili Con Queso

Marjorcan Chili Con Queso

by Billy Ray Bradford
CheeseOnce upon a time when I lived in the wild west hills outside of Austin, Tx, a dear friend passed on this recipe for Chili Con Queso. It was passed down in his family for 300 years from the island of Majorca. The first time we all tried this, it was so addictive, we finished it and couldn't eat dinner. Watch out, this is dangerous!

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October 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Romano Italian Stuffed Peppers

Romano Italian Stuffed Peppers

by Billy Ray Bradford
PepperPreheat the oven to 350º.

In a small village north of Rome where the seat of the Etruscan empire reined 3000 years ago, there is a wonderful woman living outside of town with her husband. On their land is 200+ Etruscan catacombs over looking the castle....a most amazing place.  She is renown for her country Italian meals. Here is her stuffed red pepper recipe. Fresh ingrediants wherever possible!

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October 21st, 2015|0 Comments

WINES OF HISTORY: CLARET

WINES OF HISTORY: CLARET

 by Sarah Shotwell
ClaretWhat is Claret?
Traditionally made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and (occasionally) Carménère, “Claret” is a centuries-old British name for the red wine of Bordeaux. In France, this wine is known as simply “Bordeaux.” In America, it’s “Meritage.” All of these words describe the wine inspired by one of the world’s most fascinating historic regions.

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October 21st, 2015|0 Comments

A Pair to Remember: 5 Wine and Movie Pairings for Your Next Night In

A Pair to Remember: 5 Wine and Movie Pairings for Your Next Night In

by Sarah Shotwell
Film-ReelWhether you’re on your own or lounging with a loved one, dinner-and-a-movie night can only be improved by a long pour of the perfect wine. Check out our suggestions for varietal and movie pairings. Whatever your genre of choice might be, it seems there is a perfect wine for every film.  

Horror with Pinot Gris 

This may seem a counterintuitive match, but wine and food pairings are all about balance and complement. Creamy, fatty sauces are cut with bright acidity; spicy dishes are sliced by a touch of sweetness. When watching horror, balance the gore and keep things light with an easy-drinking glass of Pinot Gris.  

Suggested Dinner Pairing: Caramelized onion and gruyere pizza. With slasher films, skip the red sauce.  

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October 21st, 2015|0 Comments

“Merry Kentucky Fried Christmas!” Give Your Holiday Party A Down-Home Twist

“Merry Kentucky Fried Christmas!” Give Your Holiday Party A Down-Home Twist From A Surprising Source

by Paullette Gaudet
Turkey-LineHosted one too many an Ugly Christmas Sweater party this year? You’re not alone: It seems that even non-traditional Christmas celebrations have become a bit traditional these days. That old tasty stand-by of a Christmas Day Chinese food dinner for the non-Christian and/or turkey-fatigued might seem less special these days, especially if you just had take-out last week. How to create a standout-themed Christmas soiree? Look a little farther East, to Japan…

“Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky For Christmas!)
Since 1974, Christmas has equaled Kentucky in Japan. This marketing campaign followed on the heels of a group of foreigners who had to substitute fried chicken for their Christmas turkey (gobblers are all but non-existent in Japan). The “Kentucky for Christmas!” campaign became a national catchphrase, and today it’s possible to pre-order “Christmas Chicken” dinner buckets to avoid standing in hours-long, Christmas Eve lines.

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October 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Magnum P.I.—Solving The Mystery Of Large Format Bottles

Magnum P.I.—Solving The Mystery Of Large Format Bottles

by Paullette Gaudet
bottles1Ah, the holidays are upon us once again, bringing with them our yearly role as Holiday Party Guest #1, and including all attendant pleasures and responsibilities. The swirly fun of shopping for new party togs—and rehearsing new anecdotes!—is somewhat tempered by the requirements of party punctuality and, of course, keeping one’s re-gifting list straight. Speaking of which: keep those questionable dinner guest wine bottles—the liquid equivalent of fruitcake—out of circulation this year and stand out from the party-guest-pack by upgrading your gift wines to large format bottles.

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October 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Varietal Vignette: Petite Sirah

Varietal Vignette: Petite Sirah

by Sarah Shotwell 
VineyardPetite Sirah (also known as Durif) is a big, dark, spicy red wine with an alluring past, and it’s making a bold comeback in California.

Mysterious Origins

Petite Sirah has a bit of a winding, head-scratching history. In 1880, it was created by a French botanist who grew a vine from the seed of Peloursin, an archaic French variety, and pollinated it from [...]

October 21st, 2015|0 Comments