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  • Snuggle up with Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

    Snuggle up with Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

    I admit to being one few adults in the United States who hasn’t read Fifty Shades of Grey. I love to read, but lately, my attention span is about 140 characters so I spend more time reading tweets than books. But when presented with the opportunity to snuggle up with Fifty Shades of Grey Wines, I couldn’t resist. Fifty Shades of Grey Wines are the creation of E L James, the renowned author of the record breaking Fifty Shades Trilogy which prominently features the […]

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  • Downton Abbey: Pairing Wines with Television Shows

    Downton Abbey: Pairing Wines with Television Shows

    My wife is a huge fan of the PBS series, Downton Abbey. While I’ve been in the room with her while she watched it, I’ve never really paid attention to it. Since I am usually on my laptop tweeting, or setting my fantasy football lineup, I would be hard pressed to name a single character in the show, much less expound on the plot. I never thought of pairing a particular wine with a television show, but after sampling a […]

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  • A Wino’s Guide to Holiday Wines

    A Wino’s Guide to Holiday Wines

    Choosing, gifting, and drinking wines for the holidays? Of course you are! Here is your “wino” guide for picking the perfect wine for all of the festivities. Holiday Office Party You don’t have to skimp on quality when buying in quantity for the office party. Caposaldo Prosecco is an inexpensive, Italian sparkling wine that will pair wonderfully with a variety of party finger foods. Alcohol Level:  11.5%     Suggested Retail Price:  $15 Gifting the Boss It’s never a bad idea […]

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  • Beer Brats with Kickoff Kraut

    Beer Brats with Kickoff Kraut

    Tailgating season is in full swing and Beer Brats with Kickoff Kraut are a great way to pimp your party! Ingredients: beer brats, beer, sauerkraut, red pepper relish (hot or sweet depending on your liking) caraway seeds and rye buns.   Kickoff Kraut 1.  Add about 1 pound of drained sauerkraut to a large saucepan over medium to medium-high heat. 2.  Pour in approximately 3/4 of an amber beer – drink the rest:) 3.  Stir in approximately 4 oz of hot […]

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  • Celebrating #CabernetDay with a 2008 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon

    Celebrating #CabernetDay with a 2008 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon

    This year I’m celebrating #CabernetDay with a 2008 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a old adage that wine gets better with age. The Aurielle is a higher end Napa Valley wine that if cellared for a few years will totally ROCK!   However, I have neither the patience nor discipline to wait for a wine to peak so I uncorked the bottle and poured it into a decanter. Just letting the wine breathe for about 20 minutes was a remarkable act of self-restraint on […]

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  • Behind the Scenes ~ Berry Fresh Cafe

    Behind the Scenes ~ Berry Fresh Cafe

    We received several emails telling us that we HAD to eat at the Berry Fresh Cafe in Port St. Lucie , Florida. So when we were in the area filming at the PGA Village, we  stopped by and were treated to some great food and great fun.

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  • Shrimp Fra Diablo #Recipe

    Shrimp Fra Diablo #Recipe

    This Shrimp Fra Diablo #Recipe is just what you need to spice up your menu! I had the pleasure to dine at Timpanos Italian Chophouse in Tampa the other night. It was a great meal and I tasted just about everything on the menu from meatballs to mussels. One of my favorite dishes was the Shrimp Fra Diablo. Packed with flavor and a little kick, the Shrimp Fra Diablo was a personal favorite so I asked, and they gave me the recipe to share with you. Their recipe is for a single serving, but I would multiply by five (because that’s MY size single serving) …..

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  • La Dolce Vita … The Sweet Life

    La Dolce Vita … The Sweet Life

    On Santa Monica Boulevard, a little Italian restaurant, La Dolce Vita “The Sweet Life” sits unassumingly since 1966. While outwardly it’s unremarkable, inside it is the keeper of stories of some of Hollywood’s most notorious characters. Restored to it’s original glory during a 7 month hiatus, owner Alessandro Uzielli, clearly passionate about this rare treasure, resurrected the decor and menu that contributed to its previous success.

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