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  • Celebrating Chardonnay Day

    Celebrating Chardonnay Day

    Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine grape and is celebrated each year on May 23 in what is now recognized as National Chardonnay Day.  I’m not sure how National Chardonnay Day came into being, but any grape that is planted on over 400,000 acres worldwide and in more wine regions than any other grape, including Cabernet Sauvignon, certainly deserves it’s own day. It wouldn’t be right to celebrate National Chardonnay Day without sipping on an excellent Chardonnay. So [...]

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  • Popping the Cork  #WineWednesday

    Popping the Cork #WineWednesday

    It’s #WineWednesday and nothing says celebration like the sound of a Champagne cork popping. Wine is fine anytime, but if you want to turn a party into a celebration you’ve gotta bring the bubbles! Barefoot Wines produces a Brut Cuvée and Pink Moscato Bubbly that have been a part of my family’s celebrations for the last few years.  One interesting observation from our celebrations is that most of the guys seem to prefer the crisp Brut Cuvée with hints of green apple, while the [...]

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  • Valentine Vino

    Valentine Vino

    So Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and you need a Valentine vino to compliment the chocolates and roses, something that’s not too expensive, something to win points in the romance department. Think red! I’m playing it safe and going with one of my favorite wines reviewed last year -  Apothic Red, a full bodied red blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. It has an intense dark fruit flavor with hints of mocha and vanilla. At $14 a bottle, [...]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Behind the Scenes ~ South Beach Wine & Food Festival #sobewff

    Behind the Scenes ~ South Beach Wine & Food Festival #sobewff

      Wine, food and celebrities – what more could you want? The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is like Spring Break for adults. We got to sample the creations from some of the best known chefs in the world!

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  • Green Wine is Good Wine

    Green Wine is Good Wine

    Each year an increasing number of wineries are discovering that sustainability practices not only protect natural resources, they produce better wines. Yes, green wine is good wine. To achieve Sustainability In Practice (SIP) Certification, winemakers must meet a number of rigorous standards regarding soil & water conservation, water quality, air quality, fruit quality, safe pest management, energy efficiency and social responsibility, just to name a few. Wine makers achieving certification are allowed to use the SIP Certified seal in their [...]

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  • The Art of Finding Great Value Wines – 5 simple tips

    The Art of Finding Great Value Wines – 5 simple tips

            Wine doesn’t have to be expensive to to be good. In fact, there are many quality wines for under $10, but there is an art to finding these gems. Though taking a chance on an inexpensive bottle of wine is hardly a risky undertaking, following these simple guidelines will help you with the art of finding great value wines.   Research! The internet is full of awesome resources for wine lovers. One of my favorite sites [...]

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  • This Wine is the Cat’s Meow

    This Wine is the Cat’s Meow

    Lately I’ve been trying to eat a healthier diet. I remain a carnivore, but I’m including more chicken and fish in my diet and and less red meat. I generally prefer red wine, and while there are many reds that pair very well with foul and seafood, my new diet is giving me a good excuse to experience more whites. I found a simple recipe for pan seared scallops on the Food Network’s website and decided to pair it with [...]

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  • Just what the Doctor Odered… Rx Wine

    Just what the Doctor Odered… Rx Wine

    Wishing everyone a wonderful #ThirstyThursday!  This is just what the doctor ordered. Rx wine Cheers!

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  • Twitter is #Nuts about Bacon, Wine and Chocolate!

    Twitter is #Nuts about Bacon, Wine and Chocolate!

    Growing in popularity week after week, the MidLife Road Trip’s Twitter Chat #NUTS (Not-so Usual Therapy Session) garnered some all time high numbers for last week’s Bacon, Wine & Chocolate theme. Thanks to regular Guest Therapist, Vicky Akins for submitting the topic and questions for this landmark session. No matter what the topic, #NUTS is interactive, informative and well, down right therapeutic! Laughter, does a body good! Join us each and every week  on Tuesday at 3:30pm  est time. You won’t [...]

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  • The New York Wine Expo #WW

    The New York Wine Expo #WW

    While we missed ;-) Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice promoting her new sparkling wine, Fabellini on Friday night, all was not lost. There were exhibitors from Wineries & Vineyards from around the world. There was Barefoot Wine, Naked Grape, Happy Bitch and Graham’s & Cockburn’s Port. There was Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery and even Wine Sisterhood, who knew? It was Disney for Wine loving grown-ups. Aisle after aisle of wonderful wine.

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  • New York Wine Expo

    New York Wine Expo

    Here’s a GREAT event for all of our wine loving friends. Let us know if you’re going, we’d love to meet you. March 2-4, THE 5TH ANNUAL NEW YORK WINE EXPO IS YOUR PASSPORT TO A GLOBAL WINE ADVENTURE Renowned Industry Experts Lead Multi-Level Seminar Series New York, NY      As Galileo once stated “Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”   Add a little sunlight to your weekend and treat yourself to a first class trip around the world of [...]

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  • January 27 is Port Day!

    January 27 is Port Day!

    January 27 is Port Day! As a recent a fan of white ports, I’m celebrating with a bottle of Krohn Lagrima Fine White Port. It retails around $18 a bottle and has an alcohol content of 20%. Though  this wine pairs well with chocolate and fruity desserts,  I’m going to pair it with a strong blue cheese. I like the contrast of the sweetness of the wine and the saltiness of the blue  cheese. I prefer white ports chilled but [...]

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