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Getaway to the Mountains – Part 2

I ended the last post here. If you missed the previous post, you could get caught up here. If not, let’s get on with the weekend getaway. Burntshirt Vineyard – Our Second Stop Since we went to a brand new winery first, it only made sense to go to an older established winery next. Burntshirt Vineyards is one of the older wineries in this region of western North Carolina and currently holds the distinction of being the 2020 North Carolina Vineyard of the Year. Burntshirt Vineyards got its name from Burntshirt Mountain. According to their website, “Mountain lore has it…

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GetAway to the Blue Ridge Mountains

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we, like everyone else, had to cancel all of our vacations, work trips, and weekend getaways. It did not matter where we were going. It just mattered that we were getting out of town. But for months which feels like years, we stayed home for the benefit of society as much as for ourselves.  This past weekend we were supposed to be on a New York City getaway with seven friends to wine, dine, and see a couple of Broadway shows. That, of course, did not happen. We have been diligent about mask-wearing, hand…

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Virtual Tasting * Acquiesce Winery

New Fall Releases from Acquiesce Winery: A Virtual Tasting Thursday, September 17, 2020 * 6:30pm – 8:00pm EDT Order must be placed by August 30th at 6pm EDT Please join Rick Dean and Gary Link along with a special guest appearance by Sue Tipton, the winemaker, and co-owner of Acquiesce Winery and Vineyard. This is a virtual tasting that any white wine drinker must attend and experience new wines that will make your palate explode with joy.  Featuring these four world-class, estate-grown Rhône style wines with amuse bouche pairings   About the winery Acquiesce Winery located in the Lodi Appellation…

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Pizza – Crispy Cheesy Pan Pizza

Our friend Shawn started making this pizza in June. He has made it at least three times since. How do I know? I check his Instagram. So on a Zoom call with a few friends a couple of weeks ago, we all decided to make this pizza on the same day and enjoy it together on our next Zoom in two weeks. That was last Thursday. It was such a fun way to Zoom with friends. If you are on social media, I can’t imagine that you have not seen this recipe. But just in case here it is. That…

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Pork Tenderloin Salad – Island Style

Remember that recipe that triggered a manifestation of my Covid stress for my family to witness? Well, this is the recipe. This salad is a favorite of two of my sisters, and for a while, they made it all the time. It is now on a reasonable rotation. Island Pork Tenderloin Salad has several parts that happen at the same time. It is best if you make this when there are others around to help. Divide and conquer as they say. One person prepares the pork tenderloin, and another makes the salad. It is not uncommon for three people to…

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Pinot Gouges from Native Flora

Before we get to the Pinot Gouges (pronounced pea-no gooj-zz), allow me to share. As you can tell from the subject matter from my blog posts since March, we have been writing mostly about wine as I have not been cooking, baking, or otherwise doing more than boiling a hot dog or melting some cheese on Dorritos. Clearly, the latter two listed are not blog-worthy. In contrast, others are cooking up a storm and creating like never before. I am microwaving precooked bacon or precooked hamburgers. It seems that the stress of the pandemic has affected the creative, adventurous part…

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Virtual Tasting * Spreads to Pair

I have several folks in my sphere in healthcare and public health that are telling us to settle in. That this virus is not going anywhere for at least a year, but if the ‘rona is going to continue to be in our lives so that we need to mask and distance for a year, we will definitely need more wine, and I believe you will as well. That is why I am committed to finding more wineries to partner with us and do more virtual tastings. And that is why I am reaching out to encourage you to participate.…

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Savi Cucina & Wine Bar – Savi Fabulous

This covid-thang has not been easy for any of us. Small family-owned businesses like restaurants have been hit especially hard. Now imagine opening up your longtime dream restaurant Savi Cucina & Wine Bar, that you have been planning for years in November of 2019. Your thought is, the first couple of months will allow us to test our processes and then hit the holidays. Over the winter, we fine-tune what needs adjusting. By spring, we will be ready to kick butt and take names. (at least that is what I imagined they’d do) And then, Covid. If it were me,…

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