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Easter Wines + Mimosa Bar!

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We’re less than a week away from hop-hop-hopping into one of my favorite holidays, Easter! If you missed my segment on The Jason Show last week, here it is giving you all of the tips for pairing wine to deviled eggs, ham and your Easter basket candy. And, a whole slew of delicious ideas for…

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March 26, 2018

Super Bowl Food + Wine Pairings

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Yeah yeah, we know — beer is generally the libation that wins this category.  But not this year, BEER.  We’re coming for ya!  And we’re covering some of the world’s most versatile grapes.  From nachos, to guacamole, chili, pizza, popcorn and buffalo chicken wings — I’ve got a grape pairing for everything on your Super Bowl board this…

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January 31, 2018

The Best Bubbles for NYE as told by Wine Industry Professionals

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Still looking for THE bubble when it comes to your NYE celebration?  Well, you just struck the ‘bubble lottery’ with this one!  I asked a few of my fave peeps in the wine industry (from retailers, writers, on premise managers, to distribution, winemakers, educators, supplier/importers and beyond) to give me their favorite sparkly for the upcoming holiday. …

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December 27, 2017

10 Grapes best paired to National Hot Dog Day

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Bring on the mustard, the pickles, the ketchup and all the fixins’ because today is National Hot Dog Day! From bratwurst to polish sausage, to good ole fashioned wieners, Americans have enjoyed the almighty dog since 1871 when a German baker by the name of Charles Feltman, opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand…

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July 19, 2017

National Wine Day!

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Happy National Wine Day!   We celebrated our favorite wine day in style today on The Jason Show with host & friend, Jason Matheson.  Miss our segment?  We’ve got you covered with all the best can wine in the market! Wines covered in this segment: Underwood by Union Wine Company (Oregon) Flip Flop Wines (California) Seven…

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May 26, 2017

Wine Cocktails for your Holiday Season

Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry!   While you’ve spent oodles of time preparing appetizers, cookies and other treats for your arriving holiday guests – creating something tasty & unique from the beverage department shouldn’t take hours of your time OR break the bank!  Here are a few fun ideas that I…

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December 15, 2016

How to Pair Wine with Summer Cookout Foods

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In my most recent interview for Bed, Bath & Beyond with writer Leigh K, I share all of my favorite tips for how one might go about pairing wine to all things ‘Summer Cookout Foods’.  Want the secrets to success for your next backyard outing?   Check it out!  July 15, 2016 How to Pair Wine…

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July 25, 2016

Easy 4th of July Summer Recipes with Wine Pairings

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If you’ve ever been to one of Chef Mike Shannon & I’s cooking classes at Cooks of Crocus Hill then you’d know that whipping up delicious food and pairing wines for any occasion doesn’t have to be difficult.  While Chef Mike and I agree on a number of tasty levels, we absolutely agree that cooking and…

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June 30, 2016

Best Tips for Purchasing Wine

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With so many avenues to buy wine these days, how can you be sure which is the best?   In my new column for Certified Piedmontese Magazine, I share a few tips for navigating & finding the best route for you!  Check them out.  For the live copy, click on over to pages 42 & 43  …

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May 24, 2016

Sangria for Mom’s Day!

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner and this (almost) summer weather in full swing for the upcoming weekend, I thought it only appropriate to share a few new libation goodies to use for your Sunday brunch table or your afternoon picnic al fresco. Let’s talk Sangria!  But first, here are a couple of thoughts I would…

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May 6, 2016
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