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A Tasting Weekend: Part One

This past weekend was a weekend of wine with friends, a wine tasting on Saturday and again on Sunday. Fun times, new wines, a gala celebration and a trip to a new wine store. All in all, it was a great weekend. Here we go… Wine with Friends I am sure we all go through this. You reach out to friends to get together, and you can not find a date that works for the group. Next thing you know it is 6 or 8 weeks out before a gathering materializes. This describes what it took to get this group together at…

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Pairing Wine with Food: A Quagmire

When I say that pairing wine with food is a quagmire it is because the rules of yore have been tossed out the window. There is so much information… what to do, what to do? The red meat – big red wine rules only exist if you want. Now it is more of a “drink what you like” – just drink something.  Sure the guidelines still exist but most restaurants are not staffed with sommeliers and your server may or may not have the slightest clue about wine other than what they have been told by management.  Wine is more…

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Recommendations From My Retailers

I shop at several different wine stores in town, and I belong to a wine club. This is just the way I shop. I do the same with my grocery shopping as I am very particular about what brands I buy, the quality of the fresh produce and meats, and the uniqueness of their more obscure offerings. Each store has its strengths and weaknesses in these regards. The same holds true with wine stores albeit with different criteria. Perhaps a wine store has a focus on Old World wines, strictly California wines or only obscure small producers of biodynamic wines.…

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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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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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Pink Bubbles from Mas de Daumas Gassac

In the summer of 2015, Gary and I met up with our with friends Bryan & Craig to spend ten days in France.  We spent a week in the Provence area using Villeneuve-lès-Avignon (a bedroom community next to Avignon) as our home base while exploring the south of France and then back up north for three days in Paris before heading home.  On this trip, we pre-arranged two winery tours whose wines we drink on a regular basis.  This post involves one wine from one of the wineries we visited that summer. Mas de Daumas Gassac At Mas de Daumas Gassac located…

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Stella’s Charleston: Upscale Greek Finally!

I love Greek food. But the offerings in Charleston are very limited.  There is a good gyro joint in Mount Pleasant but I’m not driving to the opposite side of town for a gyro.  There are a couple Greek restaurants around town that are more tavern-like but the food is “just ok”.  If you go to any of them once every two or three years that is plenty.  Then again, perhaps I should have said, “were” limited.  Because now there is Stella’s. Stella’s: Not a Character in a Tennessee Williams Play but Definitely Desired Stella’s Charleston came onto the Charleston food scene…

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Last All Rosé Tasting this Season: Embrace the Pink

Spring has sprung and as we approach the end of April in coastal South Carolina summer is just around the corner.  That means you should have settled in your pink wine (rosé) for the season.  We have tasted five pink wines so far this year and with these last four there should be something for everyone.  It has been a vintage year of hits and a few misses.  Check out what we have tasted in the last week. Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel 2016 There is generally lots of buzz around the release of the Whispering Angel and the 2016 vintage is…

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A Rose by any other name: Rosé

There is no doubt that at least in the south, it is rosé season.  For Gary and I that season lasts all year, but for most, rosé is saved for the warmer months.  Please note, I had planned to have reviews of about 5-6 rosé wines, but my allergies totally messed that up.  Over the weekend I tried two 2016 vintages from wineries  I have loved in the past but I really couldn’t tell you if I was drinking water or wine and I can’t imagine that is the wine’s fault.  My nose is a mess and my palate is coated if you…

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Fitted Sheets, Knives, Lemonade and Moulin De Gassac

Folding the Dreaded Fitted Sheet Recently, I heard a Facebook friend lamenting the difficulty of folding a fitted sheet.  I too am in that same camp, but fortunately for me, I have Gary.  He is a pro at “the fitted sheet”.  He learned at 15 years old when he was employed at a Howard Johnson’s Motel and had to learn the correct way to do it.  You know back when hotels and motels actually used fitted sheets.  So here is a video of him doing his thing while he was doing some laundry last weekend. Please note:  This video is…

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HS Reunion, Bleu Appetizer and Pinks Arrive

A Not So Little  – BIG Thing   Go to your high school reunion. When I was doing research about creating this blog, everywhere I read said you have to be real.  Be honest.  Open up your life to your readers.  Give them something to connect to.  Hmmm, not sure about that.  Then I went to my 40th high school reunion last September and it has had a huge impact on me so I wanted to share my experience with you.  I started writing this back in September but it is finally ready to share.   That said, my heart is racing…

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A Trip to Trader Joe’s & a Mea Culpa

And so we shopped Most of the wines I blogged about last week were either hard to find or marginal at best.  Mea culpa, mea culpa!   So this past weekend we did some serious wine shopping.  We had been lax in our wine purchases because our 60 bottle wine fridge stopped working before the holidays.  And we just did not have a chance to research for a new one.  We took care of that on Friday and are now stocking up for when the fridges arrive.  Yes, I said wine fridges…more on that next post.  So like I said, we…

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Work Life Balance and A Glass of Wine

The Weekly Pour Work Life Balance On Sunday, I was very conflicted as Gary and I were invited to a work associate/friend’s house for the afternoon and early dinner.  Conflicted because I felt guilty for not staying home and working.  Work life balance is a big issue for me since I work from home.  I work every day usually all day.  When I am on a deadline I can work until 10:00pm or later.  I love what I do so it does not “feel” like work, but it is work all the same.  One of the things that I do to…

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