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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|0 Comments

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

Wine Region: Delle Venezie

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 [...]

June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

June Hosts National Gardening Week!

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 [...]

June 20th, 2017|0 Comments

TCM Start of the Month: Clark Gable

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 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Happy International Chardonnay Day!

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 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Mother's Day Montepulciano!

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 15th, 2017|0 Comments

International Sauvignon Blanc Day

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 5th, 2017|0 Comments

TCM Date Night! Movie, Wine & Dinner

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 1st, 2017|0 Comments