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Whine: Not My Week for Wine

Whine: The Gamble I have become a huge fan of Chateauneuf-du-Pape white wine. It hurts the wallet real bad as an everyday wine, but it makes a perfect celebration wine. They are incredibly delicious and perfect for my palate and wine style. So when the opportunity arose to purchase and drink a vintage 1999 bottle, I had to jump on it. The price was only about 20% higher which made it an easy yes, but that also meant that this wine might have come from a collector or an estate sale leaving its care once initially sold in question. I was working…

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A Letter To My Dad A Year After His Passing

Sunday (two days ago) was the one year anniversary of my dad’s passing.  He has definitely been on my mind. Dear Dad: Over our lifetime together we had a roller coaster ride of a relationship. As I reflect back on it now, I see that our relationship had seismic shifts roughly every twenty years or so. The middle twenty were the best if you ask me. The first twenty were impossible for both of us as we are just so different. And the last twenty were for you, I missed you, but you needed to move on. The First Twenty You so wanted…

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Bell Peppers Stuffed with Cheese & Tomato

This is a recipe I made up ages ago.  It can be part of an antipasto platter, as a stand alone appetizer or as part of a salad course if you add some salad greens dressed with olive oil and salt. It is served at slightly warm to room temperature, so you need to prepare this ahead of when you wish to eat. I figure a half pepper per guest no matter the way you choose to serve it.  I buy bell peppers of different colors because it makes for a prettier presentation, but you can go with a single color if you wish,…

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Fun Day Friday: A Potpourri

It has been a great week for Strong Coffee to Red Wine.  There are two events/happening that I want to share with you. There is a post update on one of my favorite wines, and a funny little story about my Gary.  Never a dull moment in this house. This post is a quick read so you can get on with your weekend.  Fasten your seatbelt here we go… I am not sure about your weekend, but I won’t be spending time outside at my house around dusk for a while.  The cicadas have sprung forth and it is so loud…

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The Independent Wine Store

You may think this sounds a bit over the top, but when I buy wine, it is a personal experience. Gary and I do not share the same wine preferences, so I am always in search of wines that are in our middle ground.  They need not be too fruit-forward (aka fruity) and jammy for Gary and not too many tannins (aka mouth parching) or high alcohol content for me.  Finding wines that meet these criteria without guidance from wine experts would be a significant challenge if not purely a guessing game. And I have done that all before but choose…

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Hutson Alley Event: Rosé for Summer

Last Call One last push for my first survey.  I hope to get a few more responses so if you have not yet completed it, please do now. Click Here then scroll down until you see the box.     The Background Hutson Alley is a private walking thoroughfare that connects several of the Holy City Hospitality restaurants with Vincent Chicco’s on one end and 39 Rue de Jean on the other. Michael’s on The Alley, The Victor Social Club, and Coast Bar & Grill are in between, and Virginia’s on King is just around the corner. The alley faces a parking…

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Roasted Apples & Pears with Caramel Sauce

Our “holiday interrupted” was rescheduled for this weekend to eat up all the food we couldn’t make due to the kidney stone situation.  So we headed for the beach on Saturday afternoon and hung out with the sisters and get a quick dinner out after all the prep work for the Sunday barbecue was complete.  But dessert was back at the house, and I was making it.  We were also about to watch a movie; so I wanted simple and easy. And since I am an undisciplined Baker it could not require chemistry.  This was perfect. These roasted apples & pears took five…

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RIP: Meiomi Pinot Noir (That We Once Knew)

It Happened Before: Folie à Deux’s Menage à Trois I used to drink Menage à Trois in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.  Back then it was a red blend only. Yes, it was a superstore wine, but it was from a small Northern California winery that put out a drinkable red to which folks at the time gravitated.  Because of popularity, it then started arriving in stores like World Market.  And now it is everywhere except at independent wine merchants.I am not proud, that is what my palate liked. It was simple and jammy with low tannins and acid and…

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Holiday: Not What I Expected

If you have not yet completed the survey from Friday, please be sure and give it your attention. It should only take 2-3 minutes max. ⇒ Holiday Interrupted ⇐ This Independence Day holiday was to be spent at my sister’s beach house.  Since Gary had to work on Monday, we would head out after work that evening.  We were to have wine and grill bratwurst and just enjoy the company of two of my sister’s and each other.  The next day we would probably go for a beach walk, light up the Green Egg and grill pork ribs.  An early dinner would have also included…

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Pork Loin Chops Thai-style & More

I was shopping last Friday at Costco as I do at least twice each month and I came across these beautiful pork loin chops. It was a pack of six, and each chop was two inches thick. They were calling me, and I knew just what to do with them. Our neighbor Natalie and her kids just got back from a week long vacation, and we really missed them, so we invited them for happy hour and dinner on Sunday.  Her parents are also in town, and so I said to bring them along we have plenty of food. So the gang came over, and…

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