Bottle of the Day….


Today we raise a glass to glass, and those wineries that practice restraint in their packaging. I just opened a wine shipment with bottles that have to weigh 5 pounds each. Why, why are these bottles so heavy? Is the wine inside any better than the wine inside a bottle weighing half or a third as much?

I feel compelled to set the record straight as I believe there may be a perception that a heavier bottle means the wine inside is of premium quality. Yes, the wine may be very good, but in reality, not necessarily any better than any other.

I could understand the logic of the heavy bottle if, say, it was a wine that is meant to be aged, as these bottles are also often quite dark in color and hold robust red wines with bold tannins that need years to soften. However, these wines (like…

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What To Drink Now: Mother’s Day Rosé


In part two of our celebration of mom this weekend, we toast her with dry, still Rosé wines. Over the past decade or so Rosé has changed its tune from being the cloyingly sweet wines that reminded you of a watermelon Jolly Rancher to being lush, refined, gastronomic selections that shine with character and a sense of place with a dry palate and a whisper of pink color. As we ramp up for summertime, what has become known as Rosé season, now is the time to start sipping Rosé. Mom will thank you for it! #Cheers

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We’re Cooking: Mediterranean Style Shrimp



Today is my mama’s birthday. In honor of her, a recipe I know she would love, as it has all the yummy delights that make her heart sing. And, as she makes my heart sing, I send this little treat to her and to you.
Mama, ask Raul to make this for you tonight!

Toasting the southern coast of the Mediterranean Sea with a quick recipe filled with a pile of fresh veggies, juicy shrimp, and a hint of spice. We made this tasty recipe the other evening based on the veggies we had in our fridge, but you can easily add or subtract anything to suit your taste. But, the subtle licorice note of the fennel, married with briny capers, the heat of the red pepper flakes, the peppery flavor of the arugula, and the sweetness of the peppers and tomatoes, made for an incredible, super healthy dinner.


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