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Month: August 2017

Serving Temperature: Reds, Whites & Rosés

Too Hot – Too Cold – Just Right No, this is not the story about The Three Bears but it could be if that story was about wine.   Why? Because we usually serve our reds too warm and our whites and rosés too cold when we should strive to drink them when they are all just right. But first a note about wine storage. It is best to store wine in a cooler set between 50-55 degrees.  If you buy as you drink, leaving it on the counter is fine since it will be gone in a couple weeks…

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Cheers: Sandhi Chard & Gobelsburg Rosé

Cheers to ya and Happy Wednesday. As the introduction to the first wine that I want to share with you, I need to bring up that book I just finished, Cork Dork.  About half way through the book there is a chapter titled, “The Orgy.” It is all about an exclusive wine event in New York City called La Paulée.  Imagine an event that costs $1,500 to attend, AND you have to bring your own bottle from your cellar. And not just any bottle either, it has to be a “treasure” aka extremely expensive and rare.  Ok, you get my…

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Simple Pleasures – The ReSet

Vacations like the one I just had are the perfect opportunity for a reset. I did not plan it that way as I planned to blog throughout the trip. It took a couple of days, but once I settled in, I hit the wall that said: “Stop!, Relax and Enjoy yourself.” Thankfully I listened. But I have been home now for five days, and now as I get back to the grind, I am trying to remember the simple pleasures of my daily life, so I don’t “need” a vacation reset so much. Paper and Ink It has been a…

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P-town: One More Thing

Carnival, Whales, Lodging & Food I know P-town… again? But there is just so much that I want to share with you. I just need one more post, and then I will have the weekend to get back into my routine. Cooking, Drinking, Eating, etc… Marti Gras + Pride = P-town Carnival We chose to take our vacation the third week in August because that is Carnival Week. There are all kinds of parties and events, and it seems that everyone has a costume on at one point or another. All week long you just never know what you will…

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Ptown, So Long & Wine We Drank

Our Ptown vacation has come to an end. It was the longest we have ever stayed (7 nights/8 days), and it was still a few days too short. I needed some more down time, but it was just not in the cards. We only caught one show, comedian and television comedy writer Bruce Vilanch. You may not know his name, but you have heard his jokes as he has written for many, as well as the writer for the Academy Award shows. We missed an extraordinary opportunity but hope to hear about it from friends who snagged tickets.  Sally Field…

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Lobster Lobster Lobster and More Lobster

As visions of lobster rolls danced in my head. Our trip to Provincetown started at 3:30 am on Tuesday. It was a long travel day hugging the east coast traveling in two planes and a boat to get from Charleston to P-town. But we arrived safe and sound twelve hours later, exhausted but here and ready for R&R and wine. Of course wine, always wine.  And yes, lobster! After checking-in, we knew what we needed to do before anything else – get a lobster roll.  At this point this was more than an early dinner than the lunch we never had as…

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Provincetown in 3-2-1…

Wedding images are posted. Bills are paid. Friends are staying at the house taking care of the fish. So let it be said, I am on vacation. And boy, do I need it bad this year. I am leaving all the computer issues behind me, my sister’s kidney stones are a thing of the past, and the puppies are in good hands. So off to Provincetown, we go. This trip makes our seventh year. It is where we got married in 2013 (our 25th year together). It is one of my favorite places in the world. And one of the few places where I…

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Wine for the Weekend

I know it seems silly to say it’s a wine weekend when every weekend includes wine at some point. But hey, it’s Friday, and I have had a rough couple of weeks so just go with it. The wines I am talking about today are incredible treats. I know I say that all the time but that is one of the great things about wine. There is a surprise waiting for you inside every bottle. And that is what makes wine so exciting and unlike any other beverage. Just when you find a special treat, it is gone, and the search…

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Queso Fundido Pizza

I’mmmmm baaacckkkk! OMG, yesterday was such a fantastic day!  I started the day with a 3-mile walk with my niece-puppy and sweat by butt off. Then I finished processing and posted a wedding for one of my clients while doing six loads of laundry. While the computer chugged away on the wedding, I went to a wine tasting at Monarch Wine Merchants and met some new importers. Came home and made a Queso Fundido Pizza that I have imagined in my head for over a week. By then it was 10:30 pm and I was exhausted so I could not keep…

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Wine Tasting & August Social Recap

Wow, I needed this wine tasting. Too many crises and juggling way too much. It could not have come a day too soon. Since I last posted a lot continues to happen to limit my ability to post every day.  Yes, my crashed computer was misdiagnosed and then “fixed” but not really. Then three days later, fixed again only this time for real. But now that first fix is causing problems because it conflicts with much of my image editing software. I can either spend seven hundred to a thousand dollars to update software.  Or I can get it back to…

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