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Cheese Desert No More

If there is anything that I learned from living in Sweden as a high schooler and later traveling extensively throughout Europe, it is the following: You should not be able to see the bottom of your coffee cup when it’s full of just coffee. The darker and blacker the better. Wine is not just a beverage.  It can be for celebration or just dinner.  It can compliment, or it can stand alone. It is a great gift to give or receive even when you give and receive it to yourself. Bread should not be purchased in a plastic bag at a grocery store…

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Buy Wine: Caution and Preach!

Inflated Prices: Where to Buy Wine I was shopping in my local grocery store the other day.  Even though I rarely buy wine there, I always walk through the department to see what is going on.  This week I stumbled upon two wines that I have talked about in the past: Cote des Roses and Whispering Angel.  Damn, you will pay a hefty premium to buy these wines at the grocery.  Whispering Angel is $31.99 here.  At my local wine store it is $20.59 and at Costco, it is $18.99.  That is $13.00 more than at Costco and $11.40 more…

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Pinot Noir: Oh, Pinot How I Love Thee, Noir and Forever

A Pinot Noir Tasting Experience A couple weeks ago someone asked me about my favorite Northern California area wineries specifically in Napa and Sonoma Counties. Thinking a minute of my current faves I had to admit that I did not have a favorite from that region. I have never been to that region on a wine tour so my lack of familiarity is certainly key.  Additionally, I associate (rightly or wrongly) that region with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines and of all the red grape varietals these two are my least favorite.  Shame on me but I like what I…

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French Wine… Why can’t I find a “merlot”?

French versus American wine bottle labeling Today I thought I would share some information about wine labels.  Specifically the differences for French wine versus American wine (and most other regions).  I know many people who shy away from French wines because they are unfamiliar and when they search for something recognizable they strike out.  To fix that the first obstacle is understanding the labels on the bottle.  So let’s break this down first before we go any deeper. The American Label In the US the winery name is usually the most prominent on the label.  Then the grape varietal used…

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Let’s Revisit a Couple Things While I Enjoy a Red Blend

Revisit a thing or two Before I move to single subject posts, I want to revisit some of my past posts to tie up some loose ends.  My day job as a wedding photographer is picking up steam, so I need to start with these changes sooner rather than later so I can stay on top of both jobs. The Reunion Post Overwhelmed Wow!  The response to my post regarding my teenage bullying and reunion experience was overwhelming.  There were comments left on the blog, I got phone calls, emails, and Facebook comments. Everyone was incredibly supportive and very kind.  Many former…

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Holy Smoke, Azalea Confusion, Cashmere and a Seafood Ball

Azalea Confusion This winter has been … well not winter.  Yes, I know I moved south to get away from winter.  And yes, this confusion adds brightness and color to the yard early which is nice.  But after living in the south now for over a decade my blood has “thinned” so even the mildest winter can seem cold.  So this winter seems unseasonably bad.  We have had maybe a week of what I would call cold and only a couple days when a hat and gloves were needed once the sun went down and never during the day.  I…

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Friends and the Family Dogs

Happy Hour with Friends This past weekend we gathered with friends.  On Friday our snowbird friends came to the house for happy hour.  It’s a night of old dance music, take out dinner and lots and lots of laughter.  Well and wine of course.  We started with a red Côtes du Rhône from Domaine Courtois – La Source 2015.  I found this wine dry on the tongue with mild fruit on the light to medium bodied end of the spectrum.  I have had this wine before and liked it more before than I did tonight.  Gary on the other hand thought…

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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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Welcome to Strong Coffee to Red Wine

Welcome one and all.  What is Strong Coffee to Red Wine?  Simply put we are a lifestyle blog designed to share my self-employed, home most of the week life through stories, tasty affordable wines and wine stuff, food finds and recipes that are worth sharing, and a little bit of my fine art photographs.  I will also feature what I call…. “The little big things”   something so small it really should not be worth the real estate on the blog but has changed my life in a way that is huge. So why name it STRONG COFFEE TO RED…

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