Bring on the Bubbly! Five Appetizer Pairing Ideas for Sparkling Wine

By Sarah Shotwell
It’s that time of year again. The holidays are coming, and little feels more festive than a good sparkling wine! While it’s true that fizzy wine pairs with anything and everything, with such a wide variety available, it can be daunting to know where to start. For your next winter gathering, here are some hearty appetizer ideas to complement your favorite bottle of bubbly.


November 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Movie & Wine Pairing - Lost Horizon

Our next scheduled movie & wine pairing for the TCM Wine Club will take place Friday, Nov 27 at 11:45 PM (ET)

The Movie: Lost Horizon (1937)
The Wine: The Gooseberry Bush Colombard/Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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Tasting Notes: Shangri-La may be the stuff of dreams, but its joys can be experienced in both this wine—produced in [...]

November 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Movie & Wine Pairing - On an Island with You

Our next scheduled movie & wine pairing for the TCM Wine Club will take place Wednesday, Nov 25 at 4:15 PM (ET)

The Movie: On an Island with You (1948)
The Wine: Sunday Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014 


Tasting Notes: Pair this blast of tropical fruit with Hollywood’s refreshing girl-next-door Esther Williams in On an Island with You [...]

November 22nd, 2015|6 Comments

Thanksgiving Costume Confidential

By Paullette Gaudet
Hollywood-DinnerNothing gives a girl better costume ideas than arriving at a Halloween costume party—unfortunately, at that point it’s a bit too late to start shopping. Don’t shelve all of that newfound sartorial inspiration for a whole year, though—use it in less than a month by throwing a Costume Thanksgiving Dinner!

As a holiday, Thanksgiving is immutable in many ways: date, menu, historical origin. The one [...]

November 20th, 2015|1 Comment

Movie & Wine Pairing - The Big Country

Another scheduled movie & wine pairing for this weekend will take place Saturday, Nov 21 at 5:00PM (ET)

The Movie: The Big Country (1958)
The Wine: Alambrado Malbec 2014



Tasting Notes: Head out west with the infinitely appealing Gregory Peck in The Big Country (1958) while sipping on this subtly spicy, smooth-finishing Malbec. While filming locations like California’s [...]

November 19th, 2015|0 Comments

The Casual Connoisseur: Name That Blend!

By Paullette Gaudet
Blind-WineDinner-and-a-movie, lime-juice-and-tequila, tube-socks-and-Tevas:
Yes, iconic pairings are classics for a reason, but do you ever wonder if there’s any way to put a whole new spin on a solid partnership like the wine-and-cheese gathering—well, other than calling it cheese-and-wine?

Keep all the classic components of a wine-and-cheese party (that’d be wine and cheese), while simply adding the (free!) elements of Surprise and Competition in the form of a Blind Taste Contest—et voilá! Le “spin” accompli!


November 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Movie & Wine Pairing - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Our next scheduled movie & wine pairing for the TCM Wine Club will take place Friday, Nov 20 at  8:00PM (ET)

The Movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
The Wine: Chateau La Commanderie de Queyret 2012



Tasting Notes: Charles Laughton’s dark and mysterious Quasimodo becomes an unlikely hero in The Hunchback of Notre Dame [...]

November 17th, 2015|1 Comment

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.


November 12th, 2015|0 Comments

What’s the purpose of the swirling?

What’s the purpose of the swirling you may ask?  Join Master of Wine Justin Howard-Sneyd & host Ben Mankiewicz at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery to learn about the art of the swirl.

Swirl and Smell

Ben: You’ve done a couple of things right off the bat right there.  You swirled it. What’s the purpose of the swirling?

Justin: Well a lot of the flavor of the wine is [...]

November 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Après-Ski or Icebreaker: Chardonnay and Gruyère Fondue

By Sarah Shotwell
FondueFor over two decades, my family and I have enjoyed fondue together as one of our winter traditions. We tried it once as an experiment, and the concept stuck. It’s not hard to see why: fondue is fun. Traditionally an alpine après-ski experience, it was co-opted by Americans in the 1970s as the ultimate winter party fare. Whatever your take on fondue, whether it [...]

November 12th, 2015|0 Comments