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Wednesday Wine

I do of course realize it’s Thursday – we took a little vacation yesterday! And Terry, our wine expert, was also busy at work this past week at a marathon of wine tasting events in New York that mark the spring season of new arrivals.…
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The Ravishing Rhone

I am excited today to talk about one of my favorite French wine regions – the Rhone Valley. And within that region, Terry takes us to one of my very favorite wineries, Guigal. I’ve long been a fan of their lush, smooth, full bodied wines and have frequently featured them at important occasions.…
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Cognac 101

cognac 101After reviewing the elegant Van Cleef exhibit yesterday, I wanted to do a wine post with the same sense of refinement. Cognac seems to fit the bill perfectly. Here Terry presents a complete Cognac 101 course on this delicious libation. We start with the explanation and making of cognac, then Terry’s cognac pick with a great back story and finally where to go and what to eat if you are planning a trip to this wonderful area in France.…
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A Country Life

country life at Bunny Williams Bunny Williams’ chicken coop via Vignette Design There is a new trend it seems for those of us who live in houses with backyards that goes a step beyond buying organic food at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. And that is chickens, or more specifically, hens.…
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Wednesday Wine

Uruguay is fast becoming the new winter vacation destination. And Punta del Este is the spot to be – it’s the Riviera of the south. An hour and a half by car from capital Montevideo, it offers twenty miles of pristine beaches and since their summer season extends from December to March, it’s the ideal location for us northerners.…
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Wednesday Wine

At this point I think it is safe to say that we are all craving spring. So try not to be too envious that Terry, our wine expert, is reporting this week from the sunny Caribbean. Go ahead Terry, make us sigh.…
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Books for Lovers

What a fun evening I had yesterday at Assouline’s social media event at their charming shop at the Plaza. I had planned a different post for today, but after attending, I knew I had to do a quick change. As you can imagine, I was like a kid in a candy store – one beautiful book after another.…
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Wednesday Wine

As we approach Valentine’s Day, we recognize that everyone celebrates in their own way. Terry, our Wednesday Wines collaborator, has some rather romantic ideas for an evening filled with food, wine and more. So – what to do first in preparation for your special evening.…
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Year of the Rabbit

As everyone now knows, this is the year of the rabbit, the 4th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. Past years have included 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and famous personalities born in these years include Albert Einstein, Leon Trotsky, Frank Sinatra, Brad and Angelina, Johnny Depp and Tiger Woods. …
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Mixology and the Healthy Cocktail

So do you have a favorite mixologist? Someone at your local haunt who’s an expert at mixing up luscious libations? It’s become an art you know. And within the field, there are even those who specialize. Terry, our resident in all things that contain “proof” in their punch, has her favorite mixologists and is introducing us today to the concept of the healthy cocktail as well.…
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