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SEASONAL TIPS

Jan14, 2016

Wine Label Ornament Ideas

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

By Paullette Gaudet
recycledwinecorkchristmastreeAh, wine labels! Those carefully soaked-off souvenirs from beloved bottles of wine were intended to be cherished forever—perhaps pressed between the pages of a leather-bound favorite novel?—but most often ended up yellowed, curled and forgotten in the back of a kitchen drawer. Help breathe new life into this time-honored expression of sentiment and wine appreciation by creating Christmas ornaments from these labels! It’s easy: cut cardboard into whimsically-scrolled, metallic spray-painted frames and glue these [...]

Oct23, 2015

A Sip from History: Reclaiming Antique Glassware

October 23rd, 2015|4 Comments

A Sip from History: Reclaiming Antique Glassware

by Sarah Shotwell
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My first contact with vintage and antique glassware came through my Great Aunt Frieda, a woman of the 1920s and a self-professed Francophile. Her sprawling mid-century house, looming over the edge of the Puget Sound in Seattle, contained a museum’s worth of warm-hued Parisian furniture, pink Turkish rugs, and Neoclassical porcelain lamps -- objects that filled and decorated my childhood imagination. When Aunt Frieda passed on, many [...]

Oct21, 2015

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

October 21st, 2015|0 Comments

“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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Oct20, 2015

Surprising Seasonals: Outside-The- (Giftwrapped)-Box Holiday Pairings

October 20th, 2015|0 Comments

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Surprising Seasonals: Outside-The- (Giftwrapped)-Box Holiday Pairings
Autumn is here, that quixotic season filled with both new possibilities (think freshly-sharpened No. 2 pencils!) and rigidly-scheduled holiday obligations from Labor Day to the New Year. Traditional celebratory beverage pairings, while enjoyable, have become to seem a little ho-hum: Thanksgiving’s twin pillars of merlot and chardonnay; Christmas’s eggnog; New Year’s Eve’s champagne. Sure, your wine palate may be forced off-duty around this time of year, but these expected holiday offerings [...]

WINE CLUB TIP -  Break out your Principe Strozzi Selvascura 2013 Toscana IGT, Italy Sunday nights in November!