Wine Wednesday: Anew Reisling

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It’s been one day shy of a week since I started dieting. Ben (from The Gin Joint) gave me very specific instructions, but I was concerned. My first question to him was…can I still have wine? Thankfully the answer was YES.  The diet is what he used to lose 190 lbs, and it’s stricter than […]

Gimme Gamay – Beaujolais Nouveau

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There are things that I look forward to each year. Chanukah/Christmas brunch at my brother’s house Heading up to New England and feeling the brisk air of home again Opening birthday, anniversary & Chanukah gifts The 3rd Thursday in November #4 has nothing to do with the Mayflower or a stuffed turkey, in fact it […]

Champagne and strawberries (giveaway)

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Life is all about bubbles, and there is no better combination to get ME all bubbly than champagne and strawberries. UNLESS it’s a giant, hand-picked strawberry that comes generously dipped in creamy white and pink champagne-infused real chocolate and decoratively sprinkled with gold, platinum and clear sugar. That may TRULY be the PERFECT combination. With […]

A vintage idea

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I’ve enjoyed an afternoon Tio Pepe Palomino Fino and tapas in Jerez de la Frontera with members of the Gonzalez-Gordon family, and I’ve swirled, smelled & spit tasted with winemaker John Buechsenstein at the Culinary Institute in Napa Valley. I’ve enjoyed my favorite vintage while sitting in a cafe on rue Vieille du Temple in my Parisian […]

Flip the bird

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I just wanted to say that…LOL. Seriously, I found this amazing drink recipe (rum) called “Flip the Bird” by Kate Grutman bartender (and brand liason) at The Spare Room (formerly of LA hot-spots Sotto and legendary Formosa Café)  in the iconic Roosevelt Hotel Hollywood. As summer fades to fall and cocktails shift towards cool weather warming and autumn inspired […]

Freeze, squeeze, tear, pour

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I’m all about popping corks. Whether it be out at a fabulous South Beach restaurant or in front of the TV with Mr. S. Corks pop, wine gets poured, Zippy mellows out. Hand me a waiters corkscrew and I can have that bottle open in no time flat. I’ve got wine glasses in all shapes […]

The elegant epicurean – crab & wine

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Notice that this is NOT one of my “how to” posts. While the dinner that follows came out absolutely wonderful, I’m sure that it was an accident of major proportions – or the fact that crab is probably one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. I love that AquaBest sent me LIVE SNOW CRABS, […]

Champagne over ice? Moët Ice Imperial

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It’s true! For those of us champagne lovers who enjoy some cubes in their drink, Moët & Chandon has created a champagne created SPECIFICALLY to be poured over ice. Moët Ice Imperial with it’s tropical fruit aromas and a crisp, fresh flavor can be enjoyed AS IS or dressed up (see below). I’d LOVE to sneak some onto […]