Nov22, 2016

Fall-iday Feast: Potlucking in Style

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

by Sarah Shotwell

fall-iday-feast_blogFor many, Thanksgiving will start early with office potlucks and “Friendsgiving” gatherings. If you are potlucking with friends, coworkers, or family this season, push yourself beyond the standard jello salad and marshmallow yams, and try something one of these modern, easy, group-friendly dishes. These ideas, along with our delicious TCM wine pairings, will help you step up your potluck game in no time!


Appetizer: Cheesy Pearl Onion Spread

Simmer a pound of peeled pearl onions in [...]

Jun15, 2016

Kernel Knowledge: Get Home Popcorn Topping Ideas, Here!

June 15th, 2016|0 Comments

by Paullette Gaudet

Popcorn_blogAt the Cineplex, a movie viewed without popcorn is much like an upright nap taken in a dark room full of strangers: dull, uncomfortable, and a bit unwise. Resist replicating this at your next home movie night—take advantage of being within walking distance of your very own kitchen and wow guests with some seriously seasoned popped corn. The basic recipe is oil-plus-salt, but gourmet means inventive, not highbrow (at least in this case), so [...]

Mar25, 2016

Spring Sunday: A Wine-Paired Brunch Menu

March 25th, 2016|0 Comments

by Sarah Shotwell

Spring Sunday_BlogSpring holidays mean family, friends, and the first meals of the year served al fresco! Planning a wine-paired seasonal menu is as easy as taking a stroll down the aisles of your local farmers market. Still not sure what to serve? We’ve come up with a sample menu for the perfect Sunday brunch.

Braised Leg of Lamb

This melt-in-your-mouth interpretation of spring’s favorite main course is best paired with a robust Pinot Noir.

Roasted New Potatoes [...]

Mar18, 2016

Mixing It Up With Mendoza Malbecs

March 18th, 2016|0 Comments

by Paullette Gaudet

The Stooge_SocialMediaSet“Cabernet AGAIN, Mom??”

If this is the silent chorus of your urban-family-slash-frequent-dinner-party-guests, consider peering a bit farther past those usual, tried-and-true Merlots and Pinots; in fact, peer all the way down past the equator to the famed Mendoza wine country of Argentina, with its mighty fine Malbecs.

Originally from France, Malbec grapes found a sure foothold on the slopes of the Argentine Andes in the mid-nineteenth century and flourished; the high elevation, dry climate, and [...]

Feb11, 2016

Mmmeant to Be: A Valentine’s Day Guide to Wine & Chocolate Pairing

February 11th, 2016|0 Comments

by Sarah Shotwell


Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Whether you have a saucy blind date or are planning on drowning your sorrows while watching You’ve Got Mail on repeat, one thing is certain: wine and chocolate are both likely to play starring roles in your evening. While the pairing options are truly infinite, one rule stands: most sommeliers agree that it’s best to avoid dry wines this time. Below is a guide to my favorite wine/chocolate [...]

Nov27, 2015

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

November 27th, 2015|0 Comments

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.


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