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Monthly Archives: December 2008

The Wine Fault Experience

The other night when we had guests over for a wine tasting, one of the wines did not taste “right.” Several people noticed that both the aroma and taste for a Sangiovese wine was off. Earlier this year we purchased a wine fault kit by Jean Lenoir, so we took it out and we were […]

Host a Wine Tasting Party

Last night we hosted a small wine tasting party for neighbors and friends. It was fun and everyone had a good time. We chose wines from Colorado, Ontario, New York and Virginia to taste. An array of foods included grapes, crackers, salami, cheese, nuts and dried apricots. With a red tablecloth, brightened with an evergreen […]

Champagne and Sparkling Wine

Yesterday our daughter mentioned a bottle of champagne she purchased to share with friends. Her comment was, “It was terrible. It was a brut and only $12 but it was bad.” Interesting comment as many people drink champagne during the holidays. How much should you spend for a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine? I […]

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc, a red wine, usually offers a spicy, peppery taste. Last night we had a Thai dinner, basically rice pasta with chicken and peanut sauce. Since we were a little low on white wines, we opted to trying a Cabernet Franc 2005 from Creekside Cellars in Evergreen, Colorado. The wine seemed to bring out […]

The Day After Christmas

We hope you all had a delightful and peaceful Christmas. Many of our family members were able to be home for Christmas. Christmas morning began with opening stockings and then breakfast before getting to other gifts. Soon we were in the kitchen preparing a mid afternoon dinner. We had a traditional Christmas dinner and everyone […]

All is Calm

Christmas morning always seems quieter and calmer than other mornings throughout the year. It offers a time for reflection. Since January, 2007, Wine Trail Traveler visited 300 winery/vineyard tasting rooms. During our travels we’ve heard many heart-warming stories. The holiday season is a good time to read some of these stories. December 2008 issue Extending […]

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is here and though many people have finished their Christmas shopping, I’m quite sure the malls will be crowded with last minute shoppers. Perhaps people have finished their Christmas shopping but are looking for last minute good buys or just enjoy the hustle and bustle among the Christmas lights, music and shoppers. However, […]

Two Shopping Days Until Christmas

With only two shopping days before Christmas, most of my shopping is completed. In a couple of cases, “coupons” may just do the trick. It’s time to begin celebrating the season, and whatever you do put your heart and soul into it. If you are having family and friends at your home this season, consider […]

Only Three Shopping Days Until Christmas

With only three shopping days until Christmas, I am guessing that most of you have finished your Christmas shopping or are looking for some last minute stocking stuffer ideas. Wine charms are delightful as they can be whimsical or elegant. The charms are handy to have at wine parties or get-togethers as they are cute […]

Bucci Ristorante Offers a Cooking Theater Experience

I love Italian food and am always willing to try Italian restaurants. As I walked into Bucci Ristorante in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, I immediately notice that this restaurant was different from others. I discovered it had a kitchen open to viewing by the patrons. The kitchen area was separated from the seating area by […]

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