Black Bean Pumpkin Soup

Colder days call for warmer foods. This soup can be as spicy or as mild as you like but flavorful and satisfying no matter what. Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 1 15-oz can black beans (low sodium=bueno) 1 15-oz can canned pumpkin 1 15-oz can diced or stewed tomatoes 2 c… Continue reading Black Bean Pumpkin Soup

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Dessert Wines for Thanksgiving

So you’ve ordered the bird and mapped out your side dishes, told your daughter her boyfriend can bring the bottle of Pinot Noir. You’ve also delegated the dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and backup wine to friends and family, but are you ready for Thanksgiving? While the main course, with its trademark hunk of meat, is… Continue reading Dessert Wines for Thanksgiving

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Voodoo Vintners

Whether you’re a biodynamic wine enthusiast or a skeptic who thinks it’s something only dirty hippies and Sting are into, you’ll learn something new from Voodoo Vintners: Oregon’s Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers (Oregon State University Press/Corvallis). Renowned wine writer Katherine Cole paints a picture of biodynamicism as a spiritual, “beyond organic” style of farming, practiced by… Continue reading Voodoo Vintners

The Bartender’s Best Friend by Mardee Haidin Regan

Maybe you need something a little stronger than wine, or perhaps you’re looking for your new signature cocktail. Or maybe you’re hosting a party and haven’t stocked your home bar since that Millennium Party in 1999. Look no further than Mardee Haidin Regan’s The Bartender’s Best Friend: A Complete Guide To Cocktails, Martinis and Mixed… Continue reading The Bartender’s Best Friend by Mardee Haidin Regan

Vegan Wines

Most of us would assume all wines are vegan – it’s just fermented grapes. Before wines are bottled, however, they go through a clarification process to remove proteins, yeasts and other organic particles. Animal products are routinely used to bond with these unwanted substances to form larger particles which then sink to the bottom of… Continue reading Vegan Wines

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Goat Cheese Grits with Rosé Wine

Despite their versatile, fruity flavor, rosé wines are often overlooked. France is the leading producer of rosés, but Spain, Portugal, Australia, Italy and the United States also offer plenty of varieties. The warmer weather of spring and summer is the perfect opportunity to uncork a bottle of this so-called “patio-wine” to enjoy with a meal.… Continue reading Goat Cheese Grits with Rosé Wine

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Spring Sparklers & Mango Sorbet

Spring has finally sprung and summer is right around the corner. What better reason to celebrate? Sparkling wines are the perfect pour for a festive gathering and can be paired with all kinds of seasonal favorites, from appetizers to entrees to desserts. Drier varieties are fantastic with cocktail-hour offerings like spring rolls, mini crab cakes,… Continue reading Spring Sparklers & Mango Sorbet

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Is Red Wine Better For You Than White?

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.22.3″][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.0.74″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”] Red wine has enjoyed the lions share of hype around heart-healthy food and drinks. The alcohol and the antioxidants such as flavonoids, polyphenols, and resveratrol have been shown to increase the levels of HDL cholesterol in the… Continue reading Is Red Wine Better For You Than White?

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Grüner Veltliner to the Rescue

When it comes to wine pairing, some foods are just plain tricky. Take that artichoke appetizer-thing your wife saw on her favorite vegan blog and is now planning to debut at tonight’s dinner party. Or maybe it’s that asparagus stir-fry that’s got you stumped. You could go with a Reisling, but why not try something… Continue reading Grüner Veltliner to the Rescue

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