RECIPE: Red, White & Blue Sangria

Yankee Doodle Brandy: Combine white wine and Grand Marnier orange brandy for July 4th (photo courtesy Elegant Affairs).   This fun and arty sangria recipe is from caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs (www.elegantaffairscaterers.com): RECIPE: JULY 4TH SANGRIA Ingredients For 1 Large Pitcher 2 bottles dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc 1 cup triple…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Ice Cream & Wine

We’ve written extensively on pairing wine with desserts, from apple tart and chocolate cake to cheesecake and tiramisu. There’s a brief mention of two sweet wines that go with ice cream: Nigori saké, a sweet, milky style, and Pedro Ximénez* dessert sherry. But the problem with those limited ice cream and wine pairings is that…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Alternatives To Champagne

You’ve just spent a pile of money on Christmas. Do you have to spend a mini-pile on Champagne for a crowd on New Year’s Eve? Nope. For starters you can head to Costco and pick up Kirkland Signature Brut Champagne for $19.99 a bottle, compared to a minimum of $27.99 or more for our favorite…
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TIP OF THE DAY: A Holiday Hot Toddy

Mulled cider can be a cocktail (add gin or whisky) or mocktail. Photo courtesy Zaya Rum.   The expression “cup of good cheer” that comes to us from Merrie Olde England refers to hot mulled cider and wine. Whether or not you have a fireplace, horse and sleigh, invite friends over to share that cup,…
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WINE: Summer White Wines You’ve Never Heard Of

This guest post is from Jim Laughren: wine collector, former president of a Florida-based wine import and distribution company and founder of WineHead Consulting. A Certified Wine Educator, Jim has conducted hundreds of teachings, tastings and training sessions, and has visited wine regions throughout the world. He is the author of A Beer Drinker’s Guide…
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