La Rioja: A Winemaking and Culinary Crossroads

July 19th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

La Rioja- A Winemaking _BlogRioja is ready to rock! A featured star of this month’s shipment, Rioja wines hail from a Spanish region that is situated on the Camino de Santiago route, and has received the coveted DOCa (Denominación de Origen Calificada) classification. The exclusive use of Temperanillo grapes for Rioja wines leaves classification up to its oak-aging, with the broad assumption that higher [...]

Rosé, White, and Bleu: Pink Sparklers To Celebrate Bastille Day!

July 12th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

Bastille Day_blogHappy French National Holiday!!!! The July 14th date that we in the United States call Bastille Day is actually more a joyous commemoration of the new French Republic that also honors the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. The French host the largest military parade in Europe for this day, which takes place along the Champs Elysées in Paris. There are also [...]

“Star of the Month” Pairing: Olivia de Havilland & Dry Muscat

July 1st, 2016|

by Sarah Shotwell

F For Fake_The ArtistMost know Olivia de Havilland for her role as the super-sweet Melanie in Gone with the Wind (1939). Now, this golden-age leading lady is TCM’s Star of the Month ! You can watch her in TCM screenings on Fridays all through July, and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed! De Havilland’s enduring talent has left its mark on our memory [...]

Don’t Fear the Pink: June is Rosé Month!

June 24th, 2016|

by Sarah Shotwell

June is Rosé Month_blogRosé is making a splash this June in tasting rooms all over the west coast! And it’s no surprise: with so many different styles, shades, and food pairing options, Rosé is as versatile as that favorite little black (sun) dress. However, Rosé hasn’t always had such a stellar reputation stateside. Back in the 80s, cheap, cloyingly sweet or watery [...]

Three Wines For The Poolside

June 22nd, 2016|

by Sarah Shotwell

Three Wines for The Poolside_blogSummer is here, and across the country, wine lovers are looking for the perfect wine to sip by the pool. But on a warm day, having a big glass of beefy west coast cab or zin (with alcohol content spiking into the high 15s) is a recipe for exhaustion. Keep cool this summer with these lower-alcohol European varietals! 

Vinho Verde is [...]

Grillaxing: A Father’s Day BBQ

June 17th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

Fathers Day Grillaxing_BlogIt’s no accident that the calendar placement of Father’s Day is right smack in the middle of high BBQ season: with tongs wielded as scepters and a sensible brimmed cap—err, crown—keeping the sun off his schnozz, Dads across the land rule summertime backyard cookouts with both benevolence and hickory-based secret sauces. In order to truly celebrate Dad on his day, don’t remove [...]

Campfire Vino: I Would Love S’more Wine!

June 3rd, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

campfire vino_blogMost folks would agree that camping in the Great Outdoors is a wonderful way to commune with nature while also testing the strength of one’s resolve and hamstrings. An oft-overlooked bonus is the opportunity to convert any die-hard, beer-drinking members of your campsite to the pleasures of sipping wine al fresco. Your best friend in this scenario (besides your bota bag) is logic: [...]

A Memorial Movie Night

May 27th, 2016|

by Sarah Shotwell

Memorial Day Movie Night_BlogMemorial Day, our nation’s tribute to those who gave their lives serving in the armed forces, is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends for a day of reflection and fun. The U.S. federal holiday is famously positioned on one of the best days of the year: on the brink of summer, everyone is feeling optimistic, and in most parts [...]

Cool & Crunchy Wine Slushies!

May 17th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

Wine Slushies_BlogSprinklers, Sparklers, and Slushies: It’s never too early to prepare a hot weather cooling strategy—Summer’s almost here!!! For those sizzling days when it feels like your wine just can’t ever get cold enough to cool you down, here are a few Wine Slushie ideas to try out:

Sangria lends itself well to frozen form: combine ice with a dry, fruity red—like Granacha (Spanish-grown Grenache), [...]

Mother’s Day Mambo

May 9th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

Mother's Day Mambo_blogExcuse me, but exactly when did breakfast food become the official sponsor of all Mother’s Day celebrations??! From woefully undercooked pancakes presented to sleepy moms by their single-digit-age moppets to those traditional, over-priced Sunday Brunch reservations, Mother’s Day tributes as a whole are sadly bereft of both imagination and, well…alcohol. Brunch technically affords the opportunity for mimosas, but good luck flagging your [...]

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