TIP OF THE DAY: Valentine’s Day Cocktails

If you don’t have romantic plans for Valentine’s Day, how about inviting friends for cocktails? You can set up a bar buffet with pitchers of three or four red or rosy cocktails: Bloody Mary Cranberry Mimosa Cosmopolitan Crantini   Other options: Mulled wine, perfect for February. Kir, white wine poured atop crème de cassis (blackcurrant…
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A Mimosa Cocktail Bar For Brunch, New Year’s Eve, More

[1] A Mimosa with orange juice, plus Pomegranate, Pink Grapefruit and Mango Mimosas (photo © Pampered Chef). [2] Transfer the juices into carafes before adding them to the ice bucket. Amazon has four 750ml carafes for less than $30. [3] A Grapefruit Mimosa is special when made with pink grapefruit juice. Here’s the recipe from…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Sekt, Sparkling German Wine

Whenever the topic of Champagne comes up, for special occasions, gifting or fizzy cocktails, we like to remind everyone that there are delicious—and less costly—alternatives to Champagne. Consider these more affordable bubblies at half the price or less: Asti Spumante and Prosecco from Italy. Cava from Spain. Crémant from France. Espumante from Portugal. Sekt from…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Your Own Cold Duck Wine Blend

Looking for some summer fun? At the end off a party, instead of opening up new bottles, make a blend of the ends (not dregs*) of existing ones. This idea for party fun (or just-the-two-of-us-at-home fun) was inspired by a memory of college drinking…of a students-and-winos-only sparkling concoction called Cold Duck. What the duck is…
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PRODUCT: Louis Pommery California, Great Sparkling Wine

What do you do when you’re a well-known Champagne house that wants to grow, but is constrained by lack of land and legal restrictions in the Champagne province of France? Head to vineyards in the New World! Some, including Mumm, Moët et Chandon, Roederer and Taittinger, have found success bringing their time-honored craft to the…
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